Micah Richards, who moved to Fiorentina on loan from Manchester City this summer, has attacked the current incumbent City boss Manuel Pellegrini for a lack of opportunities since he arrived at the Etihad Stadium, as reported by The Independent.
Richards has said that he himself does not possess any ill feeling towards the club, but does resent the lack of playing time that he was afforded by Chilean manager Pellegrini.
The homegrown City star was previously a key part of the team, but lost his place to Pablo Zabaleta a few seasons ago. He went on to lose his role in the England national side as a result, and has seen his opportunities to play football limited in recent seasons, necessitating his loan move to Serie A side Fiorentina.
Richards himself is convinced that he had to make the move, having played so infrequently since Pellegrini took charge of Man City.
He said: “I don’t have any bad feelings towards the club. They put me on the map and gave me a chance when I was 17. But I do have bad feelings towards the playing time [I was given].
“For any player, when you’re not playing it’s frustrating. When Roberto Mancini was in charge, he would rotate the full-backs.
“When we won the league in 2012, I played more than (Pablo) Zabaleta. So, I feel as though I could have been given more chances to play [under Pellegrini].
“I felt like I had improved and that I could do it at that level.”