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Micah hopes to sign new deal soon

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Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards has confirmed he hopes to sign a new contract with the Blues 'very soon.'

The 19-year-old is currently away on international duty with England preparing for their next two important Euro Qualifiers and speaking to the BBC website as part of his new column, Richards said: "I am very happy at City. Hopefully we will have something signed very soon.

"I am just waiting for my dad who is in Africa setting up a soccer school. We have got talks with City as soon as he gets back in the next two weeks."

Micah is under contract to City until 2010, but his impressive showings this season look to be rewarded with a longer deal.

He added: "To me the most important thing now for my England chances with Euro 2008 coming up is to be playing week-in week-week out.

"If I am at City then I am hopefully going to be doing that, so it will be the best thing for me.

"I have been offered a new contract and, although I have not signed anything yet, it should be sorted out soon."

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