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Micah Richards set to join Aston Villa from Manchester City

ACF Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur FC - UEFA Europa League Round of 32

FLORENCE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Micah Richards of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur FC during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between ACF Fiorentina and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Artemio Franchi stadium on February 26, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

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Aston Villa will secure another Manchester City reject on July 1, adding Micah Richards to the fold on a free transfer.

Richards joins Scott Sinclair as players who bombed out of Manuel Pellegrini’s City side, having spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.

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The 13-times capped England defender is just 26 years-old, but feels older due to his teenage success with City, where he debuted as a 17-year-old.

But Richards couldn’t cement his place in the side under Pellegrini despite being a big part of the side’s 2012 Premier League title.

Richards is a former Man City Young Player of the Year, and joins a Villa back line with Jores Okore and Alan Hutton amongst others.

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