It’s fair to say Micah Richards’ spell at Aston Villa didn’t go well.
Having joined as a free agent back in the summer of 2015, the now 31-year-old only ever made 29 starting appearances for us, and he was laid low for a long time with a recurrent knee injury. Given the wage packet he was presumed to be on, and our other problems during his time at B6, he became an easy target for plenty of fans as their aired their frustrations, but it’s fair to say he was never a problem at the club and he never kicked up a fuss, regardless of what was thrown at him in the press or on social media.
Having now moved on from us, the former England and Manchester City player has opened up on his spell, and he’s claimed that the club blocked three moves away from him as he looked to try and get more game time.
Quoted by the Birmingham Mail, following an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live’s Friday Night Social, Richards explained.
“I can tell you a story about when I was going to West Ham after we got relegated. And Villa blocked me from going there. I knocked on the door of Keith Wyness. He said ‘we’ve had this offer but I don’t want you to go. You’re too much of an influence within the dressing room, you can’t go. So I could have come out and said all these things but I’ve not said them in respect of the managers and team-mates at the time. I also had Orlando interested but they blocked that. And I had Sunderland who I could have gone to as well. They blocked all of these moves. The only problem I had with the club is that they never told the fans what was really going on.”
I doubt it’ll change people’s opinions on him, but there are two sides to every story.