Both Fulham players have arrived on free transfers this summer.
â€śPhil was at Fulham with me and he is a top pro,â€ť Richardson told the Birmingham Mail.
â€śHeâ€™s a good centre-half and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll give 100 per cent.
"Heâ€™s played for Arsenal, Milan, Everton. His resumĂ© is very good and a player like that doesnâ€™t play for those clubs for no reason. Heâ€™s a top, top guy, heâ€™s very good in the dressing room. Heâ€™s a leader and he does talk a lot, which is good.
â€śVlaarâ€™s had a great World Cup. Iâ€™ve been very impressed, when Iâ€™ve played against him as well in numerous games he has been a stand-out figure at the back.
â€śHopefully he can come back from the World Cup and continue his form. Playing so well breeds confidence so Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll be on a high.â€ť
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