Micah: Villa was so frustrating

By Phil Jennings

MICAH Richards has spoken of his ‘frustrating’ spell at Villa after announcing his reitment from professional football.

Villa released Richards, 31, at the end of last season – but the former Manchester City and England defender did not play a game for them after October, 2016.

Richards was held back by a persistent knee injury – and it now set to combine punditry work with a promotional role at City.

He told BBC Sport: “From when I was a young kid I dreamed that I would win the Premier League and play for England and I’m very proud I achieved both.

“My time at Aston Villa was very frustrating because I wanted to play, but my knee would swell up so I could not even train. But it was still an honour to play for them, and I’m just sorry I couldn’t do more for them on the pitch.

“It’s great to be asked to come back and be involved at City, because they hold a special place in my heart. Everyone there took me under their wing right from when I joined.

“I burst on to the scene and did really well when I first broke into the first team at City, but a couple of seasons after that I wasn’t really hitting the heights.

“The fans always stuck with me though. I always appreciate the faith that they had in not giving up on me, and I think they could see that I always gave 100 per cent when I was on the field.”

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