Darren Anderton 'genuinely believes' Fabian Delph wanted to stay at Aston Villa

The Manchester City midfielder was simply thinking of his own career, the former England winger says.

Former England winger Darren Anderton 'genuinely believes' Fabian Delph wanted to stay at Aston Villa this summer but simply had to make the move to Manchester City to further his career, according to bwin.

The 25-year-old joined Manchester City for an £8 million fee, according to BBC Sport, and has since been heavily slated by Aston Villa fans for his perceived betrayal.

Anderton, however, believes Delph truly wanted to stay at Villa Park but had to take a decision based on the potential number of trophies on offer to him at the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, the 43-year-old feels Christian Benteke's exit was the last straw for Delph, following his double U-turn earlier this summer.

Anderton told bwin: "As for Delph, the U-turn was unfortunate. I genuinely believe that he wanted to stay at Aston Villa but with Christian Benteke on the way out, he’s got to think about his long-term career, and Tim won’t thank me for this, if he wants trophies then Manchester City are the better bet.

"That said, I think Fabian might have got his timing slightly wrong if he’s thinking about his England place."

Aston Villa fans will no doubt disagree with Anderton, perhaps suggesting the 'trophies' available are not exactly the kind of silverware Delph has been tempted by in Manchester.

That makes Anderton's opinion a little different from most, of course, as the ex-winger isn't praising the Manchester City move or criticising Delph's character necessarily. The 43-year-old has sat on the fence, really, hasn't he?

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