Richards wants guarantees over Man City future

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has said that he would like to stay at the club, however he has decided not to sign a contract extension until he receives assurances over his role in the team, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Richards has struggled with injury in the last two seasons, reducing him to few appearances. He made just seven starts in the Premier League last season, mostly towards the end of the campaign when City had little to play for, and as a result he is looking for a more regular starting place next season under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The time Richards has taken to agree an extension to his contract, which runs for two more years, has led to speculation linking the England international with a move to Lazio. The new deal was offered early this summer.

But the 25-year-old has expressed his desire to remain at the Etihad, and is hoping for competition with Pablo Zabaleta, who impressed last season, for the right-back slot. He said: “I want to be here, and I don’t see why any player would want to leave, but every player wants to play football, and if I can do that here it’s perfect.

Zabaleta had a fantastic season last season. He’s outstanding, but that’s what you expect at top teams. You expect competition.

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