Fabian Delph has suggested one day returning to Leeds, says CEO Ben Mansford

Birmingham City's Wade Elliott (L) in action with Leeds United's Fabian Delph

Leeds midfielder reportedly says he is keen to return later in his career.

Manchester City's Fabian Delph in actionManchester City's Fabian Delph in action

Lewis Cook's recent exit from Leeds United made him just the latest in a long line of academy talents who have left the club for the bright lights of the Premier League.

Back in 2009 Leeds 'sensation' Fabian Delph left the club for Aston Villa for £8 million, where he became an England international.

Now at Manchester City, Delph is preparing to take his game to the next level under Pep Guardiola, but Leeds are not far from his thoughts.

Current Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford used to be Delph's agent, and even helped him secure his move to Aston Villa.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds at 6pm on Tuesday (26/7) he admits he is still in contact with Delph, and that the midfielder harbours ambitions to one day return to Elland Road.

Birmingham City's Wade Elliott (L) in action with Leeds United's Fabian DelphBirmingham City's Wade Elliott (L) in action with Leeds United's Fabian Delph

Mansford said: "I think his first text to me was congratulatory. He talked me through what a great club it was.

"Fabian Delph mentioned he might come back free of charge when he's 35. If there's a chance I can nick him back before then, I promise I'll try."

The bad news for Leeds fans, is that Delph is still just 26, meaning there is a long wait for him to make good on his suggestion.

Yet if Leeds can get back into the Premier League and establish themselves, the landscape may change very quickly, especially if Delph is unable to become a regular at City.

England's Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling during trainingEngland's Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling during training

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