Team-mates shocked by deal – Delph

Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Fabian Delph has admitted his Aston Villa team-mates were shocked to hear he had signed a new deal.

The England midfielder has penned a four-and-a-half year contract to commit himself to the club until 2019.

He was out of contract in the summer and had been linked with a move away from the Barclays Premier League strugglers, who have battled relegation for the last three years.

Boss 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.”

Villa chief executive Tom Fox 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.

“The top five clubs are in a much better place financially.”

Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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