Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph sensationally called off his proposed move to Manchester City after deciding he couldn’t break his promise to stay at Villa Park under Tim Sherwood.
The 25-year-old England international, who signed a new contract with the Villans earlier this year, scrapped his move after a sleepless night reading angry reactions from fans of the Midlands club, as per the Mirror.
Quoted by the Mirror, a source close to Delph said, "Fabian was in two minds about the move and rang a couple of the players in Portugal on Friday night to talk about his fears over whether it was right for him.
"He was shocked at how some fans had turned on him when it emerged he might be leaving so soon after signing a new contract and talking about his loyalty to the club."
Delph had been due to take a medical at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday morning but opted to stage a dramatic U-turn. Reports suggest he then decided to ring manager Tim Sherwood at the team’s pre-season camp in Portugal to inform the club that he had called off any deal.
The player then released a statement, as per the Mirror, saying: “I’m aware there has been intense speculation about my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight.
"I am not leaving. I am staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club."
Sherwood will now start the season with captain Delph and latest signing Idrissa Gueye, who Villa brought to the club in preparation for the former's departure. The two central midfielders could prove quite a force at the heart of the clubs midfield, thanks to their dynamism and impressive energy levels.