Defender won’t be Spurs bound in January

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Manchester City will not be selling Micah Richards in January, Mark Hughes has confirmed.

The England international had been linked with possible moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, but is still thought highly of at Eastlands.

“Micah Richards is not going anywhere in January,” said Hughes.

“He is a big part of what we are trying to do here and we know he can improve.

“Don’t forget, he is still a very young man.

“His football experience is great for someone of so few years and sometimes he doesn’t get enough credit for that.

“But he is nowhere near the finished article. There is a huge amount of potential still to be tapped into.

“Micah’s physical attributes lend themselves to so many positions.

“We just have to make sure he is training and playing correctly because he will grow into an outstanding player.

“He had a real burst of attention when he broke into the team but with a young player you always have a period where they plateau out.

“You have to get used to people taking a more critical view of you and maybe Micah has found that adjustment difficult.”

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