Former teammate controversially says Fabian Delph was right to quit Aston Villa

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Shay Given, who also played for Manchester City, has backed Fabian Delph's move.

Shay Given has risked the wrath of Aston Villa fans, telling SkySports that Fabian Delph was right to quit the club.

Delph made the shock U-turn to sign for Manchester City last week, just days after pledging his loyalty and intent to stay on as Aston Villa captain.

Given started May's FA Cup Final in goal for Villa, but has since departed himself, signing with Stoke City.

He used to play for Manchester City himself, signing after a long spell with Newcastle United, and has sympathy for England midfielder Delph, who he knows well.

He told SkySports: "I think Fabian’s a great player and he deserves a crack at a team that’s going to challenge for the Premier League and he will do that at Man City."

The concept of leaving Villa of course is a situation fans could understand, but it was the way Delph's indecision caught everybody off guard which caused such a stir.

Given addressed this, adding that Delph reserved the right to do so: "People will probably question why he said he wasn’t going and was going but it just shows that players are human beings at the end of the day and they can change their mind."

Villa now face a huge challenge to rebuild for the coming season, having also lost Tom Cleverley, and Christian Benteke expected to leave too.

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