Former Manchester City Defender, Micah Richards has reflected on how former Chelsea captain John Terry’s move to Aston Villa inadvertently ended his career.
Richards made 245 appearances for Manchester City after breaking into the first team as a highly-promising young defender.
After a loan spell at Fiorentina, he moved to Aston Villa on a free transfer back in 2015 but struggled for fitness and game time as they were relegated from the Premier League in the 2015-16 campaign.
Richards made just two league appearances the following season but by the 2017-18 campaign, manager Steve Bruce was at the helm and Richards was fit and raring to go.
That same summer Aston Villa signed Terry upon his departure from Chelsea, which hampers Richards’ playing time at Villa Park.
“He (Bruce) did tell me he was going to play me (that season),” Richards told BBC’s MOTD Top 10 podcast.
“And we signed John Terry. So, it was going to be me on the right of the three, John Terry and James Chester.
“JT basically came to Villa and said “I’m not playing in a three”. So Bruce pulls me and he says “well, I’ve got to play JT” and he had James Chester at Hull so I knew the writing was on the wall then.”