Richards: “I spoke to Mancini but decided to return to England”

Richards: “I spoke to Mancini but decided to return to England”
August 16, 2015 18:25
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In an interview with Daily Mail, Micah Richards revealed that he turned down a move to Inter to join Aston Villa this summer. The 27-year-old defender alerted the Italian giants, who are managed by his former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, to his availability as he spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.

Inter first made their interest known in January and made another approach at the end of the season as Richards’ contract at City expired and he became a free agent. But instead of opting to stay in Serie A, where he had struggled for games with Fiorentina, Richards decided to return to the Premier League in the hope of reviving his career: ‘There were quite a few clubs in for me, some abroad, but having not played so much at Fiorentina, I thought it was right to come home. I was speaking to Inter as well with Mancini. They tried to get me in January but that didn’t materialise. I spoke to him afterwards but I wanted to come back to England. I didn’t want to be out in Italy and then the manager gets sacked and I’m fighting for my place in the same situation. That’s one of the main reasons I chose to come back.”


By Olof Svensson


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