Arsenal’s pursuit of England International midfielder, Fabian Delph, is effectively archived now as the 25-year old has penned a new four-year deal to keep him at Villa Park till 2019.
The energetic box-to-box midfielder had been a rumoured target for a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal especially during the crunch that saw Arsenal’s midfield bare to the bones. Delph had impressed a lot last season as Paul Lambert managed to keep the Villans in the Premier League with a young squad.
Having earned his first Three Lions cap last summer, his valuation rocked up on the Premier League midfield market but it will be Villa who will enjoy him for the next couple of years with his latest act of commitment.
Speculation about his future had been fueled the more due to a perceived lag in signing a contract as he was set to be a free agent by July, but he had never quite doubted his desire to stay on.
“The club has given me a great platform to perform and a great opportunity to showcase what I can do.” Delph said, per the Daily Star.
“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.”
Usually, players take advantage of their new rise to stardom to move on to new, exciting pastures. Villa fans would remember James Milner’s swift move to City when they started gaining a title-chasing appearance but Delph doesn’t think Villa was going to just be a stepping stone for him.
“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. We want to get through this season, do well and I feel the up-and-coming years will be big.”
“There was no way I was going to bail out. I am here for the long run. The fans have been the same. I am sure they will stick with us, help us get through this season and then looking into the future, it looks promising to me.”
As we know, clubs could have players sign contracts only to stand a greater negotiating power with interested clubs in the future but Paul Lambert has absolutely dismissed any chance of Delph making a turnaround in the coming summer.
“There’s no way that’s going to happen. With the way he handles himself, no way that’s going to happen,” he said.
So that’s that then, although it was always unlikely Wenger was as keen as suggested.
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