Aston Villa have received a huge boost as midfielder Fabian Delph has signed a new long-term contract with the club, putting an end to speculation linking him with a move away from the club this month.
Delph has been at Villa Park since August 2009, when he joined the club from Leeds United, and he has become a star man in the middle of the park for Paul Lambert’s side.
The 25-year-old has made 114 appearances for Villa, scoring six goals and picking up three assists, and he made his international debut with England in September.
He only had six months remaining on his deal prior to penning a new contract and so he had been strongly linked with a move away from the club, either this month or in the summer, when he would have been able to leave for free.
Liverpool had been heavily linked with a move for Delph and the Metro reported just yesterday that the Reds were ready to make a move in the next week with the Villa man reportedly identified as the ideal Steven Gerrard replacement.
If that was the case, then Brendan Rodgers will have to look elsewhere as Delph is set to remain with Aston Villa until 2019 now, and he is thrilled to have committed his future to the Premier League club.
“The fans have been great with me, the chairman has been absolutely fantastic with me and I have a great relationship with the manager and I see the boys here as my brothers, my family and I am delighted to stay here,” he told the club’s website.
“I am a loyal person and committing my future will hopefully show everybody what type of guy I am.
“I feel like this is me – I love the club, I love being here and I want to put 100% into everything I do here. This is my club and I want to be here. That’s why I am committing my future.
“Hopefully it will give everyone a bit of a lift and show the fans that we are looking to do big things here and bring excitement back to the club.
“There was no way I was going to bail out. I am here for the long run.
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