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Aston Villa boss: Richards is a winner

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has explained why he signed Micah Richards, insisting the England defender will bring a "winning mentality" to the club.

Richards picked up Premier League and FA Cup winners' medals in his time at Manchester City but spent last season on loan at Fiorentina before agreeing a four-year deal with Villa on Wednesday.

Micah Richards has moved to Villa Park. Credit: PA

"Micah is a winner. He helped Manchester City win their first Premier League title in 44 years, has won the FA Cup and has played in the Champions League," Sherwood told the official Villa website.

"So we are signing a player who is used to winning football matches. I want players with that winning mentality here.

"And we are also signing a player at his peak.

"At 26, we are getting him when he should be producing the best football of his career."

Richards is third City player banned from driving this month

Micah Richards has been banned from driving for six months. Credit: PA

Manchester City defender Micah Richards today became the third player from his club to receive a six-month driving ban this month.

The England international was disqualifed after admitting to two counts of failing to provide the identity of who was driving his Ferrari 458 Italia car which was clocked at 51mph in a 40mph zone in Manchester in September.

Richards, 24, who did not attend court, was also ordered to pay a £600 fine, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Last week, team-mates Carlos Tevez, 29, and Samir Nasri, 25, both received six-month bans for separate driving offences.