With England now qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, speculation has been rife that Richards would seek a move away from the Etihad Stadium in order to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s thinking.
While he has just less than two years left on his contract and hasn’t made a start this season under their new manager, I just can’t see how deals like this will, rightly or wrongly, ever come to pass under Mike Ashley.
His current contract with the Eastlands club is due to expire at the end of this season and it is expected that the young midfield player will be allowed to leave in January or allowed to let his contract run down and leave next summer as a free agent.
As we prepare for the start of the Premier League season on Saturday, it’s clear that 3 of the biggest stars in Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez don’t know where they will be playing at the end of the month.
As you can see the list goes from the very top with Manchester City first team squad players averaging £100,000 (weekly wages rounded up or down to nearest thousand), right down to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 278th place, their players on averaging getting paid £954 a week each.