Date of birth: 2nd June 1988
Place of birth: Birmingham, England
Year signed: 2015
Signed from: Manchester City
Fee paid: Bosman free transfer
Defender Micah Richards was born in Birmingham but began his youth career at Leeds United before being released at around eight years old. He soon joined Oldham Athletic, moving to Manchester City when he was fourteen.
Richards made his City debut on October 22nd 2005 against Arsenal, when he replaced Danny Mills in the 85th minute of the game, which the Citizens lost 1-0.
In July 2006, Manchester City reportedly rejected a £5 million bid from Tottenham Hotspur for Richards, who later signed a new four-year deal, quashing any rumours of a move.
On September 16th 2007, ironically against Aston Villa, Richards captained City, in the absense of former Villan Richard Dunne. He became City’s youngest ever captain.
Due to various injuries and falling out of favour at City, Micah Richards joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal in 2014. Injuries once again affected the defender and he only made nineteen appearances.
He was released from his Manchester City contract at the end of the 2015 season.
During his time at City he made two hundred and forty-five appearances, scoring nine goals. On top of that he won the Premier League title twice, as well as the FA Cup and the League Cup.
He has also represented England on thirteen occasions, scoring one goal.*
On June 17th 2015, it was announced that Micah Richards had signed a four-year contract with Aston Villa Football Club. He was later named as the team captain for the 2015-16 season.
* at the time of writing (09/07/2015)