Date: 11th July 2015 at 8:45pm
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Well that wasn’t entirely expected, it appears the deal bringing England and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph to the Etihad is now dead in the water.

Every man and their dog in the media yesterday were swearing blind that we had enacted the reported £8million release fee in the deal he signed with the Midlands side back in January – where he was due to be a free agent this summer – and reports went as far as saying that personal terms and been agreed with him and that he was set for a medical earlier today.

However early this evening the following statement appeared on Aston Villa’s official website and it explained that their new club captain would be remaining with the club this summer and not making a move – anywhere.

It also carried the following quote from him.

‘I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight. I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.’

Now plenty of headlines had been sparked by the fact that he hadn’t flown out to Portugal with the rest of the team, but the official line was that having declined an extra break following international commitments, he returned to training early knowing that he would miss their training camp as his wife is set to give birth any time now.

Ergo nothing should be read into that despite the speculation.

The Birmingham Mail are reporting now though, that the deal was all but done and all that was left was the medical to take place before forms and formalities could be dealt with – but this morning Delph had a ‘change of heart’ and decided to stay.

There will be lots of fall out from this in the press, was the deal even in place, was it all media fed nonsense, and no doubt we’ll get some saying what does it say for Delph’s ambitions that he declined a move to us – just as there will be some that say what does it do for our ambitions if we can’t attract a player like him.

Rodney Marsh has already had his say on that score on twitter and questioned why if Delph was so committed to them, why was he even talking to us – but maybe there is a large trick being missed in all this sensationalised guffing in the media.

Maybe Delph was just exploring his options – what player wouldn’t be flattered to receive our interest – but on reflection, being settled, having talked hugely when signing his new deal about giving them something back following all the injuries he had, he just felt the time wasn’t right to make the move.

Especially with a second child imminently on the way.

We’ve seen plenty of players take the big money move and it end up hitting them in the face, and from what I can tell Delph is a genuine character which seems rare in football.

All things considered maybe it’s not right for him at this moment in time – but if all things are true here and we spoke to him, he’ll know he’s wanted and if he spoke to us, we know there’s an interest.

So I’m beginning to wonder have I just started the first January transfer rumour of the season?

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