Fabian Delph has remarkably changed his mind and has decided to join former champions Manchester City after turning down the chance only a few days ago. The English midfielder was understood to be completing his medical for City but then decided to stay at Villa Park.
He said “I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight. I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.”
The former Villa captain then explained that he didn’t think about the opportunity that was presented to him and his decision to stay was purely based on his “emotions and feelings for the club”. Despite speculation that ex-City graduate Micah Richards talked him out of the move, Delph said a chat with him help me decide his future lay at the Etihad.
Delph told City’s website “Micah Richards told me that as far as he is concerned, this is the best club in the world and he had the time of his life here”.
He also cited words from England team-mate Joe Hart helped him make his mind up. Delph said the City stopper “spoke with him when I was with him for England and he was always telling me how the club has come on and what City are trying to achieve.”
The 25 year-old will meet the team in Melbourne but may arrive too late to be involved in the games against Roma or Real Madrid in the ICC Trophy.