The Daily Telegraph recently reported that Manchester City were interested in adding the England international to their squad for the new season, but Delph has since reaffirmed his commitment to the cause at Villa Park.
It’s a decision which Parlour feels makes sense, with the ex-Gunner stressing the positives that Delph is likely to have mulled over when making his decision.
“He’s got his chance with England through playing regularly – He’s probably thinking he’s going to get a lot more game time and be loved at Villa, the fans have been great to me and I’m going to give a little bit back to them,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
Common sense move
Many Aston Villa fans will quite rightly suggest that it’s a common sense move on the part of the player.
It makes sense because he’s guaranteed a place in Aston Villa’s team as their captain, which is a responsibility that he would not have enjoyed in a Manchester City shirt.
Not only will staying at Villa help him to develop and refine his game through playing regularly, his mentality as a leader should also improve over the coming months and seasons.
He’s also done the right thing in terms of the way he’s perceived by the club’s fans and it’s refreshing to see a player showing such loyalty to a football club.
He could have taken the easy option of joining a club where he could play Champions League football for more money, but it’s going to take much, much more to tempt him away from his current employers in the future.