After trotting out an almost non-existent defense in the final few weeks of the season, Aston Villa may have a building block in Micah Richards.
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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has completed his first big acquisition of the 2015 transfer period by acquiring signing Man City defender Micah Richards to a four-year deal.
The announcement was made on the Aston Villa FC official Twitter page that the club had inked the former Man City Young Player of the Year to a four-year deal that will take effect on July 1.
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In a statement from the club, Sherwood expressed his confidence in Richards, who hasn’t made more than 10 league appearances in a season since 2011-12.
“I’m really pleased to get Micah on board and I’m sure he will prove to be an excellent signing for the football club,” the Aston Villa boss said.
Richards made his professional football debut with Manchester City in 2005-06, taking away club honors for Young Player of the Year and earning a starting role with the team over the next six seasons. In his first seven seasons with the club, Richards made over 220 total appearances and scored 9 goals.
In 2014-15, Richards signed with Fiorentina on a year-long loan, making 10 Serie A appearances and 7 Europa appearances.