The England international’s switch to the Citizens has sparked fury among the Villa supporters owing to his amazing U-turn only days prior to Friday’s confirmation.
Delph was expected to join City at the beginning of the week, yet rather surprisingly, he publically rejected their advances and stated his loyalty to the Villains – a decision which was widely praised.
However, after ensuing speculation, the midfielder has staggeringly gone back on his words and opted for a switch to the Eithad stadium on Friday, a move which will see him pocket £100,000-a-week.
Trying to explain his decision was solely football related and a huge opportunity to play alongside the world’s best footballers, The Sun instead claim Liverpool’s Benteke bid was the real instigator.
“The reality is that a shocked Villa dressing-room believes Delph felt he had been misled over the future of Belgium hitman Benteke. Delph is understood to have been given assurances that Benteke would notbe sold, despite the £32.5million release clause being triggered by Liverpool,” the report claims.
While Benteke is still officially a Villa player, he is expected to trade the West Midlands for Merseyside with Tim Sherwood and the Villa Park hierarchy seemingly unable to prevent him from leaving.
A tough decision:
With Benteke on the verge of move to the Reds, Delph may have felt Villa were not showing big enough ambitions to match his own and the opportunity of Champions League football is there with City.
Most Villa fans would not begrudge him a move to a club challenging for the top honours, yet the former Leeds star’s ironic talk of loyalty days before will not be forgotten or forgiven easily.