Fabian Delph has told Aston Villa he has no plans to sign a new contract and intends to leave in the summer, according to a report from the Telegraph.
Delph, 24, has entered the final season of his current contract, and his recent fine form would make him one of the most sought after free agents on the market, with the likes of Arsenal Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all linked to his signature over recent months.
The England international has recently been offered a new four-year, £50,000-per-week deal at Villa Park, but the club are now growing resigned to losing their star man at the end of the season.
Signing from Leeds United in August 2009 for around £6 million, it took some time for Villa to see the best of Delph, with injuries hampering his progress during his first few seasons in the Premier League.
The team’s midfielder talisman made his long-awaited breakthrough during the 2013-14 campaign, however, with his impressive performances earning him widespread plaudits, as well as calls for a first senior England call-up.
Those demands were realised after a successful start to this term, with Delph since earning three caps to thrust his name further into the limelight and ensure there will be no lack of suitors if does indeed depart in the summer.
Having spoken of his desire to remain in the West Midlands prior to the start of the season, fans had hoped that the club would be able to tie him down to new terms at some point, making these latest reports a shattering blow.
Expected to be out until late-December at present with a dislocated shoulder, Delph is understood to be willing to see out the campaign with Paul Lambert’s side, but one could imagine that management might instead be tempted to entertain offers rather in the winter market rather than risk losing him for nothing a few months later.