What Pep Guardiola once said about Everton-linked Fabian Delph

Watford's Brazilian striker Richarlison de Andrade (L) crosses the ball by Manchester City's English midfielder Fabian Delph during the English Premier League football match between...

The England midfielder is linked with a move to Everton.

Manchester's midfielder Fabian Delph (L) and Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Rafinha (R) vie for the ball during a friendly soccer match between the German first division Bundesliga...

Everton might be about to sign a bit of a chameleon.

According to The Telegraph, the Toffees are closing in on an £8 million deal for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph.

The 29-year-old has won two Premier League titles during a four-year spell at Eastlands but now looks set to move to Goodison Park.

And if Pep Guardiola's old comments are anything to go by, Everton will be getting a versatile 'nice guy'.

 

The England international has been forced to play a number of positions for City during his time with the Sky Blues, including a stint at left-back in the past.

Here's what Guardiola said about him last November: “You cannot be the England captain and help the team if you are not a good guy. Fabian is an important player for us. Last season he helped us by playing in that position when Mendy was injured, and he did well," he told The Express.

“It is not easy when you play in different positions but he has. There is always room for the team to improve, but Fabian is always a banker for us – and the other players know it.”

Delph certainly is a banker. The former Aston Villa and Leeds United star will give maximum effort in whatever position his manager - potentially Marco Silva soon - asks of him.

And if he moves to Merseyside, the supporters are bound to fall in love with him, just as Guardiola did.

Fabian Delph of England controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League Third Place Playoff match between Switzerland and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 9, 2019 in...

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