Delph was reportedly being tracked by Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, but has revealed that he instructed his agent not to talk to any third parties because he didn’t want to leave Villa Park.
“I told him to leave me alone as I want to focus on my football and get myself fit,” said Delph.
“He did as he was told. He’s a great guy and a great friend. If I have a bit of respect from someone I seem to get that easy bond with someone.”
“I knew probably about a week into it (two months of talks) I wanted to stay here.”
The admissions are extremely encouraging for any Aston Villa fans who may have feared that Delph’s new contract may have simply been an idea to generate a higher fee for him in the summer.
He made a commitment with his new long term contract and seems to be fully focused and determined to follow through on it.
Agents are responsible for brokering deals and netting large fees in the process, but Delph’s comments suggest there was never any real momentum behind him wanting to leave the club.
Tottenham and Liverpool could still make moves for him but it would take a very poor second half of the season for him to consider leaving Villa.
The only thing, which could possibly change the tone of his comments is if the side gets relegated from the Premier League.
However, in that instance, Spurs and Liverpool would have to question the value in taking another look at a deal which would be very expensive.