Delph recently announced that he was ignoring speculation which suggested he could leave the club, focusing on performing as Aston Villa’s captain once the new Premier League season gets underway.
However, Lambert feels that if he shows impressive consistency as Villa’s leader, then doors could start to open for the player.
“I had a conversation with somebody the other day about him and I think Fabian has made the decision which is right for him, not anybody else,” Lambert told talkSPORT.
“I think if he continues playing well for Aston Villa and goes to the Euros, there might be bigger things out there for him because a European door opens then.”
Merit in him staying put
The merit in Delph’s decision to stay at Aston Villa is that he currently benefits from a role as captain, which he wouldn’t enjoy in a Manchester City shirt.
He will also play more frequently at Aston Villa and has a chance to actively work on his leadership skills alongside developing different parts of his game with manager Tim Sherwood.
He could have taken the chance to go and earn much higher wages, but he’s shown that valuable commodity of loyalty, which is currently so rare in the modern game.
What his loyalty shows
His loyalty means it’s going to be very difficult for any team to get their hands on him over the next couple of years.
It also provides Aston Villa with the benefit of being able to establish a very strong spine to their current side, around which Sherwood can experiment in different areas.
A door could well open in the future as Lambert suggests, but there’s no guarantee Delph will ever walk through it.