By Amir Mir
Fabian Delph has stated that he wants to earn more game time at Manchester City as he dismissed rumours of a possible return to Aston Villa.
Telegraph correspondent Matt Law previously claimed that manager Steve Bruce was keen to sign the 27-year-old on loan.
Midfielder Delph left Villa Park during the summer of 2015 in controversial circumstances, six months after signing a new contract and only a few days after pledging his loyalty to the club.
At that time, Villa were a Premier League outfit and Delph, who was attracting the interest of City, publicly dismissed the rumours, only to sign for the Manchester club a few days later.
Now, he has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from the Etihad Stadium and to his former clubs Leeds and Villa.
“A couple of mates have said to me: ‘You’ve been linked with X, Y and Z’ but I’ve not given it any thought,” said Delph, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “I’m happy here. I feel like I can help my teammates and I’m obviously fit again so I can get some more minutes and help the team to push on.
“I love it here. I’m working with the best players in the world, great management, great staff around me and I’m very, very happy here.
“I want to try to help my teammates push forward. I’m fit so hopefully, I’ll get some more minutes.”
Delph has played just 28 minutes of Premier League football this season as he has just returned from a muscle injury.
During his time at Villa, Delph made 134 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying the same number of assists.
The England international came through the ranks of Leeds, where he appeared on 58 occasions for his boyhood club.
Football Insider verdict:
Delph’s best option would be to leave Manchester City as he will not get the regular game time he wants. There are a number of high profile and better quality players in front of him in the City pecking order. Therefore, his best option would be to leave the Etihad Stadium and join a Premier League club, preferably on loan. A move to Villa should be instantly shut down as the midfielder would not be welcomed back to the Midlands by supporters. The manner in which he left the club was a disgrace and fans would not be too keen to see him in a Villa shirt again. Additionally, Steve Bruce has already added the midfield players he wants and is slowly assembling his squad for a late push up the table.
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