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Manchester City pair to remain at the Etihad against their wishes?

richarfdsThat Financial Fair Play regulations that Manchester City find so tricky to comply with may well cause them some more problems if our punters believe reports from the Daily Mail.

The publication seem to think that the club will have to force both James Milner and also Micah Richards to see out their current deals – which of course have only one year left to run on them – in order to comply with the ‘homegrown’ aspect of the rules.

The Premier League champions have to produce eight players who have come through an English academy – and four in the Champions League that have come through their own. Tricky we know.

That will mean that Richards – who has come through the City academy – will have to sit on the bench for one more year just so the club can comply with the rules they seem to have such an issue with.

Given Arsenal and Liverpool are both keen on Richards this summer, that news will not go down well with the versatile defender desperate to get some more playing time.

However as one of our punters notes, he can at least comfort himself with the prospect of a sizeable signing-on fee when he does depart on what now seems like being a free transfer in a year’s time.

Milner meanwhile can be persuaded to stay if playing time is on the table and it seems that Manuel Pellegrini may have some man management on his hands this summer to convince the duo to turn up to pre-season as happy campers.

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