Man City have forked out £8m on Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph, less than a week after the England midfielder said he was staying at Villa Park.
The 25-year-old looked set for a move to the former Premier League champions last week before deciding to stay at Aston Villa, However, Delph has performed a u-turn on his decision by signing a five-year deal with Man City.
He completed a medical in Manchester on Friday afternoon and will wear the number 18 shirt for his new club, which was worn by Frank Lampard last season.
In a statement on mcfc.co.uk, Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with the capture of Delph and believes he still has his best years ahead of him.
“Fabian Delph is an excellent player, and I am looking forward to working with him”, said the Argentine.
“He has made a huge impact in recent seasons at Aston Villa, and is now one of the brightest young midfielders in the Premier League.
“Fabian has tremendous skill and energy, and the fact that he has become a regular member of the England squad is further evidence of his progress over the past few seasons. At just 25 years old, he still has his best years ahead of him.”
Delph sent six years at Villa Park after joining them from Leeds United in 2009 and made 128 appearances for the club, before being handed the captain’s armband when Tim Sherwood took over in February.
This is not a good move for Fabian Delph. At Aston Villa, he was the club captain and guaranteed a spot in the first team. At City, he is likely to spend more time on the bench than on the pitch.
The 25-year-old will have to compete with the likes of Yaya Toure, Fernando and Fernandinho for a spot in the starting XI. Both Delph and Toure won’t be able to play in the same team and if I had to pick one, Toure would get the nod every time.