- Micah Richards retired in 2019 after an underwhelming spell at Aston Villa
- Richards made two league appearances during his final three years at the club
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Richards made 245 appearances for Manchester City after breaking into the first team as a promising young defender, while he also won 13 England caps and represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
He made just two league appearances the following campaign, but by 2017-18, Steve Bruce was at the helm and Richards was fit and raring to go.
That same summer Villa signed legendary Chelsea defender Terry upon his departure from Stamford Bridge, with the former England captain going on to spend the final season of his playing career at Villa Park. However, this had consequences for Richards.
Micah Richards reflected on how John Terry's move to Aston Villa ended his playing career
Terry joined Villa for one season after leaving Chelsea but refused to play in a back three
'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.'
Richards failed to make an appearance that season, with Bruce citing fitness issues at the time.
He also failed to play the following campaign due to an ongoing knee problem before he announced his retirement in July 2019 at the age of 31.
Richards revealed Steve Bruce had told him he was going to play but given Terry's refusal, he was subsequently not picked. The defender failed to make an appearance across the season
However, Richards insisted he held no grudges against Bruce and was full of praise for him
Bruce was sacked in October 2018, but Richards insisted he held no grudges against the 62-year-old, although he also recalled a hilarious story involving his former manager's daughter.
He added: 'I love him as a guy, but he sucked me right in though he did. Do you know what he did?
'So I moved to Harrogate and his daughter is an interior designer. So, he goes "oh yeah we're all friends now". And I know his son Alex but he sucked me right in.
'I spent about £400,000 on interior design and he still didn't play me.'
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