Manchester City defender Micah Richards has told BT Sport he is happy at the club and ready to re-establish himself as a first-team regular.
Speaking exclusively to BT Sport, Richards has put the record straight following speculation over his future in Thursday’s back pages.
Reports suggested the 25-year-old could be heading for the door at City in January after falling out of favour, with Newcastle and Serie A club Roma thought to be interested in signing him.
Richards has slipped down the pecking order after an injury-plagued 15 months and has been unable to dislodge Pablo Zabaleta in the right-back slot since his return to fitness.
However, the England international has been assured by Manuel Pellegrini he is still in the manager’s plans and says he is not thinking of leaving the club he joined as a youth player when he was just 14 years old.
I'm fully fit now and I'm ready to show everyone what I can do."
“I did say at the start of the season I wanted to see the manager's plans and I'm in his plans, as he's said all along, so we'll see what the future holds, but I'm happy at Manchester City,” Richards told BT Sport Live.
“I've been here since I was 14, it's a club I love.
“Before I got my injuries, I was number one choice. It's only because I got injuries and Pablo Zabaleta has done so well, I find myself not playing as regular.
“I'm fully fit now and I'm ready to show everyone what I can do.”
Richards, who helped City to Premier League title success in 2011-12, has appeared twice for the club this season: in the 5-0 Capital One Cup thrashing of Wigan and against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
City lost that encounter 3-1 following a devastating performance from Bayern but Richards was grateful to be given the opportunity to play on the biggest stage in club football by Pellegrini.
He added: “It was a big decision for the manager to play me in the Bayern Munich game after only playing one game previously in the cup against Wigan so it shows massive confidence in me.”
Not a BT Sport subscriber? Find out how to get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN at bt.com/sport