Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has expressed his delight after Fabian Delph decided to stay at Villa Park.
Delph was expected to join Manchester City last week after they triggered the £8 million release clause in his contract and was due to have a medical at the Etihad Stadium before changing his mind at the very last minute.
Sherwood, who is currently in Portugal, was elated after coming so close to losing the talented midfielder.
The Villa boss was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "He had an opportunity to join Man City and he weighed up his options and decided to stay with us, which we’re obviously all delighted about.
"We are looking to build something here and we’re looking to keep our best players. Fabian is certainly one of those.
"It’s just an example of the measure of the guy really that he decided to stay – the loyalty he’s shown to the Aston Villa fans, the football club and the chairman. And I’m delighted to have him next season."
Blow for Man City
Fabian Delph played a key role last season after he helped the Villains avoid relegation and reach the FA Cup final.
It was one of the most dramatic U-turns of recent times for Manchester City and they will be frustrated at the 25-year old's last-minute change of heart as they looked to increase English talent within their team.