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Former Man City and England international Richards retires at 31

Former England defender Micah Richards has announced his retirement from football. Credit: PA

Former England defender Micah Richards has announced his retirement from football.

Richards, 31, has been forced to hang up his boots due to a chronic knee problem, his former club Manchester City have announced.

"The City fan favourite and Premier League winner announced his decision after losing a lengthy battle with an injured knee," the Premier League champions said on their official website.

"His football journey, that took him from Oldham to City, abroad to Italy and back to Aston Villa, ends at the age of 31."

Richards, raised in Leeds, joined City from Oldham aged 14 and after making his first-team debut three years later he went on to make more than 175 appearances for the club.

He moved on to Aston Villa following a loan spell at Fiorentina in 2015, but due to injury was restricted to only 26 appearances for the West Midlands club.

When Richards made his only senior England appearance in November 2006 against Holland, he became the Three Lions' youngest-ever defender, breaking the record previously held by Rio Ferdinand.

Aston Villa sign Douglas Luiz from Man City

Aston Villa have signed Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

Villa, promoted back to the Premier League last season, have not revealed the length of the 21-year-old's contract.

"Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Douglas Luiz subject to a work permit," the club said on their official website.

Luiz joined City from hometown club Vasco da Gama in 2017, but he never featured for Pep Guardiola's side and spent the last two seasons on loan at Spanish side Girona.

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