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Manchester City denies Richards is heading to Chelsea in January

Manchester City denies Richards is heading to Chelsea in January

Manchester City defender Micah Richards will not be heading to Chelsea in the January transfer window, City manager Stuart Pearce said.
"The only contact we've had with Chelsea is us ringing them about their players coming here _ not them ringing us for ours," Pearce said on Thursday. "Players will only leave this club if we feel it's for the benefit of the club _ full stop. Micah is very happy here, wants to stay at the football club and we are on a very sound financial footing."
Pearce was responding to media reports that Chelsea would pay up to 18 million pounds (euro26.8 million; US$35.3 million) for the England Under-21 player. Richards would strengthen a Blues defense damaged by the absence of center-back John Terry, who underwent successful surgery Thursday on the injured back that has kept him out of the last four games, Chelsea said.
Terry, the Chelsea and England captain, is expected to play again this season.
"I can't say I will buy in January," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "I want J.T. (John Terry) back as soon as possible and we're doing what we can. If this problem carries on and we have no players back from injury, and have to play every game under these circumstances, we are in trouble."
Ahead of Saturday's match against Fulham, Chelsea is missing goalkeeper Petr Cech, recovering from a fractured skull sustained in October, while midfielder Joe Cole has a fractured foot and forward Arjen Robben injured himself in training on Wednesday.
"Teams at the moment think they can score goals against us," Mourinho said. "They feel it and they are scoring them. We have a lot of problems and if you don't have a lot of character and friendships in the team, you can't survive.
"And we are only just surviving," Mourinho added.
Manchester United leads the Premier League with 50 points and Chelsea has 46.
Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho is confident the Blues can make up the four points.
"We've already played against Arsenal, (Manchester) United, and Liverpool," Carvalho said. "There were phases in those games when we were not so strong, but we showed that we're the best. But if I thought when we were eight points behind United that it was recoverable, I think so even more now."


Updated : 2021-07-24 08:50 GMT+08:00