With Manchester City currently in need of more English homegrown players in their squad due to the FIFA homegrown player quotas, it looks like they are interested in Aston Villa and England midfielder Fabian Delph.
City Interesting Delph
The former Leeds United player moved to Villa Park in 2009 where he has made 107 appearances. Delph was by far the best player on a struggling Villa side last year.
It seems that Delph is aware of the interest from Manchester City and that he would accept an offer should it come from the former Premier League champions.
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According to Sky Sports, Delph has spoken to new Villa teammate and ex-City player Micah Richards, who was released from his contract this summer.
Richards was an extremely promising young English player who was making an excellent career for himself at City. He captained the side in 2007 and was making a real name for himself. He was selected for the England national team in 2006 and made 13 appearances.
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Richards has however given his feedback on City to Delph and it appears he has told the England international not to make any decision lightly.
"It's tough isn't it? If he's got guarantees to play... He's been unbelievable for Aston Villa. Every player wants to play at the highest level. If he's going to be playing Champions League... I don't know, but if he's going there to be a squad player, then no."
As talented as he is, Delph would struggle to hold down a starting place in the City midfield on a regular basis. With the size and quality of the midfield manager Manuel Pellegrini has at his disposal it would seem that City are only looking to sign Delph in order to fill their homegrown player quota for the coming season.
Most fans, including City fans, would agree that Delph would not start ahead of Yaya Toure or Fernandinho. Certainly he will get some game time, but to be a regular in the first eleven may be a step too far for the talented Englishman.
Therefore this leaves the question; should Delph leave his role at Aston Villa, where he is captain and a valued member of the squad and an important first team player.
Under manager Tim Sherwood, Delph could thrive and make a real name for himself with the England national team. Delph will be guaranteed first team football with Villa and under Sherwood it looks like there will be a transformation at the club this coming season.
Micah Richards has warned Delph about moving to the Etihad Stadium. It would appear with the move of James Milner to Liverpool this summer that English players feel the same way about playing for Manchester City.
Stay At Villa
That mutual feeling is that they will not be able to get a guaranteed run in the first team as City are more likely to play the top stars of the world whom they have bought in for large amounts of money. It is a shame for Fabian Delph as it would seem that he is interested in the move to City and will more than likely accept and offer should it come.
Arguably, Delph should stay with Aston Villa and help push them on this season. He will be guaranteed a first team place and this will only help his international career. Moving to the Etihad and sitting on the bench could be detrimental for his career.