Aston Villa boss reiterates plans to sign Delph to new deal

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has stressed that signing Fabian Delph to a new long-term contract remains one of his top priorities.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has reiterated his desire to sign Fabian Delph to a new long-term deal at the club, having witnessed the midfielder impress for England.

The 24-year-old made his international debut as a 69th-minute substitute against Norway last week, before going on to start in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland, which saw the Three Lions claim a 2-0 win over their main group rivals.

After a breakout 2013-14 campaign which saw him earn widespread plaudits, the former Leeds United man is now in the final season of his contract, and Lambert is eager to tie his future down to Villa Park as soon as possible.

‘There a few players who are going to be out of contract, to be honest, and we'll try to get around to talking to them,’ he told reporters. ‘I spoke to Fabian early doors and we'll see how it goes.

‘We've just got a new chief executive in [Tom Fox] which I'm certain will help. I'm pretty sure we'll sit down with Fabian. I'm not worried. When players get into the last year of their contract, it is what it is.

‘It's not any great issue. Conversations will go on. I met Tom the other day, he's a really good guy and I'm pretty sure things will start to happen pretty soon.’

While the long-serving Gabby Agbonlahor put pen to paper on a new four-year deal earlier this week, captain Ron Vlaar and teenage star Jack Grealish are two other names with expiring deals, and the club will be just as keen to enter talks with the pair as with Delph.

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