Aston Villa are set to release former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards after the 30-year old failed to make a single appearance for the club in nearly two years after a series of injuries.
That is according to The Daily Mail who reports that manager Steve Bruce has asked the club to make an arrangement with Richards to terminate his contract which runs until June next year and which sees the player still take home £35,000 in wages.
Seen as one of the brightest prospects in English football when he broke through into the first team at City, Richards has seen his career blighted by injury, and has never been able to recreate the form that saw him earn 13 full England caps between 2006 and 2012.
By releasing Richards Bruce is hoping to free-up funds for reinvestment in the team and also to hand a new lucrative contract for major star Jack Grealish.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.