27/08/2011 11:39 +0100 – The 23-year-old England international has become a key part of Roberto Mancini's side since the Italian took charge at the Etihad Stadium last season. Richards's form has also seen him recalled to the national side and he is now regarded as one of the country's top defenders. City have now rewarded Richards' progress in the last 12-months with a new long-term deal and the player, who is a graduate of City's academy, is delighted to be remaining with the only club he has played for. "Micah is delighted to have signed this new deal and secure his future," his agent Alex Levack of Sidekick Management confirmed to skysports.com. "Manchester City is the place he wants to be as it is his home. "It really is a fantastic achievement that Micah is the only player left at Manchester City who has come through the academy and is a first-team regular. "Manchester City is an ambitious and exciting club to be at and a club where Micah knows he can achieve all of his ambitions in the game. "Roberto Mancini has been wonderful with him, as have the fans and everyone at the club, and Micah was only too delighted to commit his future to them."