Aston Villa £50k-a-week star makes decision on future – reports
By Will Butcher
Micah Richards is expected to remain an Aston Villa player this month, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail revealed that the 28-year-old former England international will remain at Villa Park and fight for his place in the team, despite being the subject of interest in the previous transfer window.
According to the Daily Star, Richards earns around £50,000 a week and could have been offloaded to free up some cash after featuring just once under promotion expert Bruce.
The versatile defender’s future was uncertain after multiple offers were tabled in the summer for his services from a number of foreign clubs.
Villa’s number four started in Bruce’s first game in charge during the 1-1 draw against Midlands rivals Wolves, but picked up a knee injury and has failed to play since.
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However, Richards, who has made just three appearances all season, was on the bench against Preston during the 2-2 draw on Saturday and is now believed to be a part of Bruce’s plans.
With two and a half years remaining on his current Villa Park deal, Richards is now expected to stay in the Midlands and challenge for a first-team place.
Since his move to the claret and blue of Villa in June 2015, Richards has made just 31 appearances as he struggled with multiple injury problems.
Football Insider verdict:
Richards is on a huge contract for a Championship player and after making less than a handful of first-team appearances this season for Villa, he surely should be sold immediately if there is any interest. With the likely arrival of Barnsley’s teenage wonderkid James Bree nearing completion, Villa have plenty of options at centre-back and on the right side of defence. Axing Richards from the wage bill will free up a huge chunk of cash for former Sunderland and Hull manager Bruce, as he looks to bring in the right players to boost his side in their pursuit of reaching the Championship playoffs this season following last season’s relegation from the Premier League. Unfortunately, finding someone willing to take on his £50k-a-week wages could be a major problem.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, fans have posted hilarious responses on Twitter to this tweet from Villa’s medical chief.