Report: Manchester City-linked Fabian Delph meets with Tim Sherwood to discuss Aston Villa future

The England midfielder is reported to be available for just £8 million due to a release clause in his contract.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has met with manager Tim Sherwood for talks over his future, according to the Telegraph, as rumours of a potential summer exit gather pace.

Delph, 25, is reported to be available for just £8 million due to a release clause inserted into the four-and-a-half-year deal he signed in January, with Manchester City now believed to be preparing to take advantage of his modest price tag.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are known to be after English talent this summer to help fill their homegrown quota and, despite also chasing Juventus star Paul Pogba, could make a move for the Three Lions international this coming week.

The Telegraph’s report adds that Delph is settled at Villa at present, having been handed the captain’s armband in recent months, but the prospect of Champions League football at the Etihad Stadium might prove too tempting for him to turn down.

The former Leeds United man had been linked with the likes of Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur before committing his future to the claret and blues until 2019 in the winter [h/t Telegraph], stressing at the time that he could not bring himself to walk out for nothing after the club stuck with him through various injuries.

 2014-15 Premier League PositionTeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Tackles GAMEInterceptions GAMETotal Dribbles GAMETouches GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Fabian Delph MF Aston Villa 0 3 36 85% 2.07 1.36 2.64 78.32 28 2,434

Going on to help the club avoid the drop and make the FA Cup final, his form during the run-in prompted Sherwood to label him the Premier League’s best midfielder following the crucial 3-2 win over Everton in early May, telling Sky Sports: “I'm not going to go over the top here, but there isn't a better midfield player in the country than Fabian Delph at the moment.

"He's got everything, he breaks the game up, he's got trickery, he bursts through with the ball. He has everything to his game, and he can score.

"I wouldn't swap him for anyone in the mess we're in. If you're an Aston Villa fan, you're loving him.”

It is clearly no surprise then that major clubs like City would reportedly be after his signature but, at the same time, Delph needs to consider whether a move to Manchester would be the best thing for his career at this point.

After all, first-team football would be far from guaranteed with the Citizens and, as the likes of Jack Rodwell and new Villa signings Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair know all too well, England hopefuls can see their once-flourishing careers go up in smokes at the Etihad.

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