Fabian Delph has admitted his Aston Villa team-mates were shocked to hear he had signed a new deal.
On Sunday the England midfielder penned a four-and-a-half-year contract to commit himself to the club until 2019. He would have been out of contract in the summer and had been linked with a move away from the Premier League strugglers, who have battled against relegation for the last three years. Manager Paul Lambert called it a coup for Villa and Delph revealed even the squad was surprised.
“The lads are absolutely delighted. As soon as I told some of them they looked at me shocked to start with,” he said. “They see a lot in me and how dedicated I am and how I want to push on. They’re delighted to keep someone like me here. I see them as family, brothers, I’d run through a brick wall for them. They’re not just team-mates.”
The Villa chief executive, Tom Fox, who was lured from Arsenal in August and given full control of Villa’s future direction, played a key role in convincing Delph to stay and believes the 25-year-old has bought into his vision. “We are so pleased to keep one of our best young players. It says a lot about him too and his faith,” said Fox.
“This club is on a journey and it’s my job to talk to as many people and convince them it’s not where we are.
“Fabian and I have had many conversations and he believes in this journey. There were a lot of interested clubs. We’ve got a top young player here.”Reuse content