Micah Richards backs Juan Cuadrado to shine in Premier League

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Manchester City's forgotten man Micah Richards has backed current Fiorentina teammate Juan Cuadrado to shine in the Premier League should he complete a rumoured switch to Chelsea.

Richards, currently on a season-long loan at Fiorentina, has seen first hand just how good Cuadrado is and he believes he has all the assets to make it in England's top flight.

Although a number of clubs, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, have been linked with the Colombian winger since he starred at last summer's World Cup, Richards is convinced England is the best place for him to continue his development.

Chelsea will have to cough up

A move for Cuadrado certainly won't come cheap for Chelsea and Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has said the player's £26.8million release clause will have to be met if he's to leave the club.

As well as a host of European clubs, Chelsea could also face competition for Cuadrado's signature from rival Premier League clubs, with Manchester United mentioned as a possible destination.

Richards confirmed English interest by telling Sky Sports: "After the World Cup, he had lot of teams looking at his situation and I have heard all the top teams in England are looking at him and so they should be."

What does Cuadrado offer?

Having spent the majority of his career in Serie A, Cuadrado would need to adjust to the style of the Premier League, but Richards is adamant he has all the assets required to make it in England.

The City loanee said: "I have been training with him every day and he’s got everything;
technique, speed, power, pace.

"All his attributes would be suited to the Premier League so I can see exactly why he is being linked with a move there."

Worshiped by the fans

Unsurprisingly, Cuadrado's form since a 2012 move to Florence has seen him become a hero figure to the Viola fans, but Richards believes the Colombian needs to put his own career ahead of the fans feelings.

Having left his boyhood club this summer, Richards knows how tough it can be to leave a set of fans you have such a raport with, but he said: "He’s loved here at Fiorentina and if he was to leave the fans would be gutted but I suppose as a player he’s got to decide what’s best for him.

"He’s been here for five or six years so if he feels like he needs to make that step then I would be happy to give him advice.”

Will Richards return to England?

While the focus of Richard's interview was Cuadrado's potential move to England, the defender also spoke of the chances of him one day returning to the Premier League with Manchester City.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the season he's almost certain to leave City on a permanent basis this summer but he refused to rule out a return to the Etihad Stadium one day.

"I'd love to play for Manchester City again one day, it's a club close to my heart," he said.

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