The 26-year-old defender has completed his season-long loan move from the reigning Premier League champions to Fiorentina on Monday.
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“I’m desperate to play football,” Richards told talkSPORT. “It’s been a frustrating two years at Manchester City. It’s my club and I’ve given blood, sweat and tears for them. When you find yourself not playing, it’s hard.
“I was offered a new contract and I had a long think about it. I was offered more money at City, but it’s not about the money. It’s about playing football now.”
Serie A outfit Fiorentina are believed to have the option to secure Richards’s services to a permanent in the next summer.