A six-year veteran with Aston Villa, Fabian Delph has been a fan favorite for the struggling club. Will Man City land the Villa Park captain?
Manchester City have received a significant boost to their bid for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph thanks to a former member of the club.
According to the Metro, former Man City veteran Micah Richards – now a member of Aston Villa – revealed that Delph asked him about life on Manuel Pellegrini’s roster at Etihad Stadium.
In a lengthy interview on the topic, Richards – who played for Man City from 2005 until his release in 2015 – said that although he couldn’t give Delph an honest answer as to what things might be like for the Villa Park captain if he were to join Man City, he noted that it’s an opportunity to play Champions League football – somewhere Aston Villa haven’t been in ages.
“If he (Delph) gets assurances he’s going to play then the decision is his. I wouldn’t say don’t go to Manchester City, because if he’s playing well he could play,” Richards said. “It’s just being given that chance. If he (Pellegrini) is going to give him the chance to play then it’s hard to turn down the chance of playing Champions League football.
“To be fair he has asked me what I think about the situation. I told him I can’t comment to be honest… I don’t want to say go there and then he (Pellegrini) doesn’t play him – he’ll be ringing me up afterwards!”
Fabian Delph has been the subject of a bidding war between Man City and Liverpool, with the Aston Villa captain reportedly having a £10 million release clause in his contract. Delph has played for Aston Villa since signing out of Leeds United in 2009 and has made 107 league appearances for the Villans in his six seasons with the club.