Micah Richards has admitted he is working ‘as hard as ever’ to address the criticisms made of the Club following the FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to the Club’s official monthly publication, the City Magazine, Richards stated: “I take criticism in my stride. I am working as hard as ever and I don’t feel as if I have done anything drastically wrong this season for people to comment on.
“Of course I am not the finished article I have lots to learn and I would be a fool to think anything else.
“What I don’t do is let anything that is thrown at me get in the way of training or learning and I know that it is important that I am a thorough professional.
“Football is the most important thing in my life. I have already played 100 first team games which I feel is a good achievement for someone of my age and I am proud of my profession. I aim to make the most of my opportunities.
“I believe in my ability and I think City fans and England fans know what I am capable of. It is just a matter of me finding the kind of form I was in last season.”
And with the January transfer window now open, Richards expects to see more new faces join that of left back Wayne Bridge who signed for the Blues over the weekend.
Micah added: “It is all about getting the right balance and I believe we will get it right and I expect the Manager will bring people in all positions. We all want to see the squad get stronger.
I think we do need more defenders in the Club and I am sure the boss will bring some in during this month.
“Perhaps we have had it too easy at the back after last season when we were quite tight as a unit. Competition is always healthy and you cannot have too many good players at your club.”
The full interview can be read in the January issue of the City Mag.