Richards: More Man City kids to make academy graduation
And despite 25 players already coming through the ranks to turn out for the first team, Richards expects that number to grow, sooner rather than later.
He added: "There is a good crop of players coming through at the moment, I don't want to mention any names because that is unfair, but some of them will be pushing for the first team in future.
"But they have some fine players and I think a couple of them might find their way to Carrington next summer.
"We have had one or two there already and I should like to see a couple more with us next season. We are lucky to have such a great Academy structure and that the people who work there are so good at their jobs."