Aston Villa and Manchester City fans react on Twitter to Fabian Delph U-turn

The England international had seemingly committed his future to Villa but has now completed a switch to the Etihad.

Fabian Delph has performed one of the most dramatic transfer U-turns in recent memory after completing a switch to Manchester City on Friday, as confirmed by the club's official site.

The move comes just days after the 25-year old had released a passionate statement through Aston Villa's official site, pledging his loyalty to the Midlands club and speaking of his excitement ahead of the new campaign.

In what will be a tremendously difficult pill to swallow for Villa fans, Delph has now signed a five-year deal with last season's Premier League runners up.

An £8 million buy-out clause was inserted into Delph's new contract, signed in January, and Manchester City activated it last week but had appeared to lose out on the chance to sign him after discussing personal terms. Since then, however, there have been further talks and the former Aston Villa captain has been persuaded to make the switch.

The Delph heartbreak follows news that Liverpool will meet Christian Benteke's £32.5 million release clause, as per talkSPORT, in what has been a tough week for the Villa faithful.  Twitter was predictably awash with reaction and below is a selection from both sets of fans:

Aston Villa 

Manchester City 

And the whole confusing saga was neatly summed up by Paddy Power with the following tweet:

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