Man City boss Eriksson confident keeping Richards

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is confident of keeping star defender Micah Richards at Eastlands long-term.

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Richards, 19, still has three years on his current deal but is negotiating new terms after his meteoric rise from City's academy into the England set-up.

Eriksson said: "For every player, especially an international player, the Champions League is where you want to play. It is up to us to help him get there. If it will take a long time I don't know, but for now I think he is happy at City.

"He's happy, he's recently made his debut for England and he feels more and more important to this club.

"He's grown up here, so I can't see any reason why he'd want to move."

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