Fabian Delph makes an admission over the state of his fitness

Trinity Road Stand - Aston Villa

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph says he feels fully fit and fresh.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has made an admission over his fitness on the club’s website.

Delph was part of the England setup following the end of last season and he’ll now get a break before returning for pre-season under Tim Sherwood.

He’s revealed that he’s been working extremely hard since the FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Arsenal, but feels he’s fully fit despite the extra international games.

“I've trained every day since the last game. I'm fully fit - I try to train as hard as I can in every session that I have,” he said.

“Towards the end of the season you do start to tire, especially for me this season but I feel fresh.”

It’s important that he does now rest up and takes his mind off of football for a couple of weeks because the intensity will only increase when the Aston Villa squad gets back together.

Sherwood will likely want the fitness levels of his team to improve quickly, so that he can get cracking with some tactical pre-season plans ahead of the new season.

It’s very important that Aston Villa ensure that they don’t endure a repeat of the struggles, which plagued the club last season.

Delph will be integral to that and while he’ll need to keep himself fresh in the gym over the summer, he can’t overwork and get himself into a counterproductive state.

He has no reason to after the game yesterday and Sherwood will likely want to use him as a central figure in pre-season, looking to him to set the standard for everyone else to follow.

If he’s fit and plays well, England and Aston Villa often play well.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch