Richards gives his new team-mate Delph advice on proposed move to the Citizens

Micah Richards (pictured) has revealed that new Aston Villa team-mate Fabian Delph has asked him for his thoughts following reported interest from Manchester City.

England midfielder Delph has been linked with an £8million summer switch to the Etihad Stadium and Richards, who left City to join Villa on a free transfer this summer, is ideally placed to offer advice.

Defender Richards does not think it is a decision the 25-year-old should take lightly and would not recommend moving, even to a title-challenging side, without being confident of regular action. Richards himself struggled to hold down a place in his final years at City due to a series of injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta, and spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.

Richards said: "It's tough, isn't it? If he's got guarantees to play... He's been unbelievable for Aston Villa.

"Every player wants to play at the highest level. If he's going to be playing Champions League... I don't know, but if he's going there to be a squad player, then no. James Milner has played six or seven positions and still wanted to leave."