Ravel would definitely suit Italian football, because it’s more technical. I don’t want people to speak bad about me or the family. In England, they just think you’re being flash.’’ Talking of which, how is his old City team-mate Mario Balotelli? There are players who get in the squad who shouldn’t. After the season when we won the league [2011-12 under Mancini], and I played pretty much all the season, I was nominated for Player of the Year, and you know how hard that is with City’s squad, and I still get didn’t picked by England then. “I do rate Kyle Walker because he’s great for the Premier League.
I know people improve at different stages, but Ravel was always better than Pogba. Pogba didn’t get his chance at United, went to Italy [to Juventus] and now he’s worth £50m, people are saying. When I didn’t play well, people were saying: ‘Look at him, he’s flash, not even played 50 games in the Premier League and he’s got an Aston Martin.’ I loved the car. Now I’ve got an old-school Porsche –perfect for Florence.” At which point Richards opens his phone to show a picture of the Porsche. If you drive a Ferrari in Italy, people go ‘well done’. He does mad things like that ‘celebration’.” Namely that refusal to celebrate last week’s winner against Spurs, despite it being his first Premier League goal for Liverpool in 13 attempts. People always say to me: ‘You should be England right back.’ “It’s tough.
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If you’ve got Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, African Cup of Nations winner and World Cup semi-finalist [respectively], who do you leave out to bring a young midfielder through? The defenders in England are a lot better one-to-one, and I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world, but the Italian defenders are a lot more clued up tactically. I’m not really one for sightseeing but I’ve been to a few of the galleries.
Eventually they’re going to get their balance right.
Ebullient but with a point to prove, Micah Richards returns to England on Thursday, pulling on the famous colours of Fiorentina in the Europa League against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. It would be a shame if James Milner goes this year because he’s been unbelievable. “That was the only thing that was going to stop me going to Italy, when you hear the stories about racism, but it’s been totally fine. I hope he can concentrate on his football and not have any distractions and see how far he can go.’’ Morrison has occasionally walked on the wild side, not always keeping the best company. I had to discipline myself.” There have been some interesting detours on Richards’ road to maturity.
On loan from Manchester City, the defender is “loving” life in Italy, would happily make the deal permanent, but is genuinely saddened by the end of his City affair. “I do feel it is closed now at City for me unless Roberto Mancini got the job and wanted to bring me back in! I’ve been playing since I was 17 and until two years ago, I’ve always been first choice so not to be first choice is difficult to take. He gives 100 per cent and proved he can mix it with the big boys. Maybe in England, I’d nip to my mum or dad’s house! I don’t know if it’s because Florence is a friendlier place, or because they get so many tourists. “I’m from not such a great area myself in Leeds,’’ said Richards, who grew up in Chapeltown. “You’ll be at your friend’s house, the next minute you’re just going in to town, and the next you’re just going into a casino. “I had the ‘King of Bling’ thing when I was coming through. If you don't like someone, don't search for them on Facebook or slag them off because you're jealous, just makes you look stupid and immature. I don't think she'swith Micah anyway as I know someone who sleeps with him, unless he's cheating or something You think Lucinka is average? She's an amazing looking girl - and amazing enough for you to know so much about her.I don't think she'swith Micah anyway as I know someone who sleeps with him, unless he's cheating or something Hey!The 25-year-old Brazilian, who earns £165,000 a week, gave a routine DNA sample and spoke to officers at length, denying any wrongdoing.He was held after an 18-year-old university student claimed she had been attacked by him in Leeds this month.Comments you post may require a paid membership to delete.