O´Neill: Richardson wants to leave Sunderland
Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson has asked to leave the English Premier League club, according to manager Martin O'Neill.
Richardson, 27, started Sunderland's opening match of the season, a 0-0 draw away to Arsenal on Saturday, but threw his shirt to the away support after completing the 90 minutes.
O'Neill has confirmed the former Manchester United man is interested in a transfer back to his native London, but underlined his desire to keep him.
"Kieran came to see me a while ago in the last transfer window," he told Sky Sports
"For family issues and things, he thought there maybe needed a change."
"No-one has come in and made an offer. That, though, does not mean there is nothing happening, I just don't know.
"But if he performs like he did against Arsenal, I would like to keep him."
The versatile left-footer, who has eight England caps, has featured at left-back and in a variety of midfield roles for Sunderland since arriving in 2007.
The Stadium of Light outfit had a quiet off season, bringing in only Carlos Cuellar and Louis Saha on free transfers, although the window remains open until the end of August.