Fabian Delph questioned for staying at 'mediocre' Aston Villa by Manchester City legend Rodney Marsh

The England midfielder appeared to be on the cusp of a move last weekend, only to change his mind at the last minute.

Ex England international Rodney Marsh revealed he couldn't understand why Aston Villa star Fabian Delph would snub a move to Manchester City, after the two clubs had agreed an £8 million fee, in an interview on Talksport.

The former City and QPR legend found it strange that Delph would turn down the chance of Champions League football to remain at a side that had struggled for the last few Premier League seasons.

“Aston Villa are a team that are mediocre," Marsh told Talksport. "Manchester City are a team that are really flying. They've been in the Champions League for the past four years. And Delph would prefer to stay at Aston Villa. Can somebody tell me the logic behind that?”

“I am not sure why he has bothered to agree to go to the medical and in the last minute changed his mind.

“I’d like to know out of his own mouth the real reason he turned it down.”

The point Marsh probably missed

Though on the face of it, it is inexplicable for Delph to have turned down a move to a club that would offer so much more money and a higher level of football than he could expect at Villa, there are more than a couple of reasons as to why the England international did just that.

Firstly, Tim Sherwood proved last season that Villa could be a club much improved this season, and with Delph the captain, it is clear that he is a key figure there.

Compared to his prospects at the Etihad, where the 25-year-old would have found himself struggling to earn regular minutes in the middle of the pitch with the likes of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Fernando at the club, Delph clearly decided that he would rather be playing regular football than spending a large number of games on the bench.

Secondly, the former Leeds man only has to look at how recent English footballers have done at City, with Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards now at Villa having failed to make the grade at the Premier League runners up. The likes of James Milner and Jack Rodwell also left the club dissatisfied with their game time.

Surely, the point Marsh is missing is that it is admirable to prefer to stay at a club where you will contribute regularly than be a mere supporting player, even if football is a squad game.

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