By Graham Hill
FABIAN Delph has given an insight into why he left Aston Villa – despite signing a new contract at the time and saying he wanted to say.
Villa fans were furious when Delph agreed to join Manchester City in the summer of 2015.
Supporters branded him a ‘snake’ – especially as he has never been a front line player at City.
But Delph, 29, has hinted, in an interview with The Telegraph, that he saw signs behind the scenes that all was not as it should be at Villa Park.
And he was right as the following season saw Villa relegated after sacking two managers in Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde – and going down with Eric Black in an interim role.
Black privately thought the club was ‘a shambles’ back then. Randy Lerner was trying to sell the club and there was a problem with discipline.
And it seems Delph got wind of this a year earlier as he decided to make the move to City despite knowing it would anger fans.
Delph said: “When I was at Villa and I was captain there and I had the opportunity to go to City, it played on my mind I wouldn’t be as pivotal.
“So initially I didn’t want to go.
“But a lot of things happened behind the scenes and I realised I had to go.”
There have been suggestions from some supporters that he could be a target for boss Dean Smith this summer – but whether the majority of fans would be prepared to forgive him would be a factor if such a move were to happen,