Richards and Negredo leave City

Two players waved goodbye to Manchester City on deadline day as long-serving defender Micah Richards and Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo moved on.

Richards has completed a season-long loan move to Serie A side Fiorentina in a move that surprised many. The 26 year old last featured in the Premier league for the champions last November and it was expected that he would move on this summer.

However despite being linked with the likes of Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool, the player has followed the path of Ashley Cole and opted to resume his career in Serie A.

A statement by City read “Micah Richards has joined Serie A side Fiorentina until the end of the season.

“One of the most popular members of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, Micah has won 13 England caps to date and was an integral member of the City squad who won the title in 2011/12.

“A succession of injuries saw the Birmingham-born defender gradually fall behind Pablo Zabaleta in the first-team pecking order and the arrival of Bacary Sagna meant Pellegrini had three top-class right-backs at his disposal this season.”

Following Richards out the door was striker Negredo after he agreed to move on loan to Valencia.
Nicknamed the “Beast” Negredo arrived at the club last summer from Seville but after a strong started faded away in the second half of the season.

The Spanish international scored 23 goals in all competitions last campaign but the last of those came in January.

Negredo has joined Valencia on a season long loan deal with the option to make the deal permanent next summer.

The player is currently injured and won’t be available to new employers until later in the month.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.