Gray’s comments were made in relation to the speculation, as covered by the Daily Telegraph, which suggested the midfielder was a target for Manchester City.
However, he’s since confirmed on the club’s official website that he will be part of the Aston Villa squad moving forward, as he looks forward to the challenge of captaining the side and preventing a repeat of the struggles they endured last season.
“The one thing I would say to Fabian Delph is I don’t want to see him become a player who plays every two or three games,” Gray told talkSPORT.
Two reasons Delph has made the right choice
As Gray suggests, had Delph taken a move to Manchester City, there would have always been the worry that he’d simply become a squad player.
He’s a player who needs to be playing week in and week out, with the responsibility of being able to shape the future of the team.
That’s a chance he gets at Aston Villa and hopefully one he can capitalise on as captain.
That leads to the second reason that Delph has made the right choice; the captaincy.
It’s a role he certainly wouldn’t have enjoyed in a Manchester City shirt and a role, which should help to bring out his best qualities moving forward.
It also relates to the squad and the positive way that he’s already perceived; his teammates will look at him and should be inspired by the fact he’s chosen to stay, rather than taking a move for an arguably easier chance of physical success.
Hopefully his positive attitude and mentality can rub off on the rest of the squad.