Manchester City star Fabian Delph chose to ignore the whistles from the home crowd and instead focus on the great support he received from the travelling fans, The Sun reports.
Delph caused controversy during the summer when he pledged his allegiance to Aston Villa before performing a spectacular U-turn to join the Premier League’s big-spenders City only a few days later.
Despite not appearing too regularly for his new club due to injuries, Delph was on the bench during side’s encounter with Aston Villa and made an appearance in the second period.
Indeed, the Villa fans weren’t exactly welcoming towards their former idol but that didn’t both Delph who instead reserves plenty of praise for the travelling supporters.
“This is the first time in four years that I’ve picked up niggles and that’s been frustrating. I’ve got to say the fans gave me great support. It was always going to be interesting for me coming back,” Delph told The Sun.
The game ended a goalless draw but there were positives to take from both sides, with City looking very fluid at times and restricting Villa to most long hopeful efforts.
Delph seemed content enough, adding: “We failed to pick up the three points we came for but did not lose. We got a point and now we need to push on after the international break.”
The result kept City at the top of the Premier League table heading in to the international break. On their return, they entertain Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.