Martin Laursen claims to understand Fabian Delph’s Aston Villa exit

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The England midfielder has completed a move to Manchester City, and Villa's former captain can see why.

Former Aston Villa skipper Martin Laursen has said that he understands Fabian Delph’s decision to join Manchester City during an interview with talkSPORT on Saturday's Weekend Sports Breakfast.

The midfielder completed a remarkable turnaround on Friday, as he decided to leave Villa Park for the Etihad having previously said - in a statement released on Villa's official website - that he had no interest in considering a switch to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

His sudden change of heart has seen many fans and pundits turn on the player, criticising his decision, but Laursen isn’t one of those and says he can see where the midfielder is coming from - even if the situation was handled in an odd manner.

“It was a bit strange that he made the announcement and then he left,” he told talkSPORT.

“I understand the Villa fans, but I understand Delph. He’s a young player and he’s got the chance to move to a big, big club. Football is a job, you would like to do well and you would like to earn a lot of money. You want to perform well.”

Manchester City move an honour for Delph

The former defender also says that Delph will have been 'honoured' to complete a move to Manchester City as it shows he has been performing well.

The 25-year-old midfielder enjoyed a strong second half to the 2014/15 campaign after Tim Sherwood inherited the managerial reins at Villa Park, but has been one of their key players for several years, and that has been recognised by City. 

Laursen says that while Aston Villa are a big club in England, they are not at the same level as the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United. Those clubs can offer Champions League football, and Laursen says that lure will have played a part in Delph's decision. 

“Playing for Aston Villa, it’s a great club but it’s not a club like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City,” he added.

“You consider it if you have to move to a bigger club. I can understand Delph, he is honoured by this chance to move to Manchester City and playing in the Champions League.”

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