Manchester City ace Delph still thinks about Leeds United, says former coach

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Fabian Delph has not been changed by money and success, claims his former coach.

England international Fabian Delph has not had an easy month, coming in for a lot of criticism after his controversial move from Aston Villa to Manchester City.

He was injured on his debut in pre-season, and is not expected to be fit again until later this month.

One man who knows him well is former Leeds academy coach Greg Abbott, who went to visit City's training facilities recently, and caught up with Delph.

Abbott spoke to Radio Yorkshire this week, and said that to him Delph is just as approachable and personable as he was when he was just 12-years-old. Most importantly perhaps, he says he remains grounded and still recalls fondly his time at Leeds.

He said: "The biggest satisfaction was he's still Fabian Delph, he's still the same, with the same morals and principles. He was willing to come and talk to the Leeds fans about how well he was developed."

"He's grateful for the opportunity we gave him, and now he's a fully fledged England international at the biggest club in terms of facilities and resources.

"He had a real heartbreak over leaving Aston Villa, that's how loyal he is."

Villa fans may bristle at the wording of that last comment, but Abbott was keen to stress the midfielder is still a likeable and honest guy even though he is likely close to being a millionaire.

Delph faces a big season, aiming to force his way into the Manchester City side and hold down a starting place, with Euro 2016 at the end of the campaign to aim towards.

The midfielder is still just 25, although it seems like older, which is due to the fact he made his Leeds debut at just 16-years-old.

He was eventually sold to Aston Villa in 2012, with the Whites regrettably needing to cash in.

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