Micah Richards has lifted the lid on his time at Aston Villa, where he hasn’t played a competitive game since 2016, as per the Birmingham Mail.
Villa have struggled for defenders at times this season but former England international Richards has still not found himself in contention at all.
In response to a fan message on Twitter, Richards wrote: “I’m fully satisfied with how my career worked out. Injuries stopped me hitting more heights but how can I grumble at winning the Prem, playing in a different league and a tough mental challenge at Villa?”
The comments bring to mind an interview Richards’ former Manchester City team-mate Jack Rodwell gave to the Daily Mail in January 2018 about his time at Sunderland, where he was way out of the first-team picture but had no regrets.
Unfortunately, it only serves to add to the perception of certain players being out of touch with the average fan who loves their club and just happy to take the money without any other considerations.
Sunderland fans will recognise that sentiment from more than one of their recent players, with Rodwell being the most high-profile example and striking because of the fact he used to share a dressing room with Richards.
Supporters just want to see players who are giving their all for the club they love and doing all they can to realise their potential – but Richards and Rodwell have both failed on that score since departing the Etihad Stadium.