Manchester City defender Micah Richards is set to hold showdown talks with manager Mark Hughes after being left out of the squad against Liverpool this weekend.
Richards is set to now hold talks with Hughes to find out whether he remains a part in the former Blackburn boss’ plans.
The Sunday Mirror reports that a source close to Richards told the newspaper: â€œMicah expected to be involved at Liverpool and feels that he is being unfairly blamed for some of the teamâ€™s defensive problems this season.
â€œIt is well known that there was a problem between Micah and Mark Hughes at the end of last season.
â€œBut he was told the matter was closed and that he was part of Cityâ€™s plans for the future despite rumours that he was about to be sold.
â€œHe will ask Hughes whether those circumstances have changed.â€
Richards first burst onto the scene back in 2006 and was subject of numerous offers from various Premier League clubs and become the youngsest ever defender to be called up to the England squad in 2006.
Aston Villa remain firm favourites to sign the defender should Hughes let him leave the club in January, with Villa boss Martin O’Neill said to be a long time fan of the 21-year-old.
[Source: Sunday Mirror]
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