If there should be an award for heartbreak, it should definitely go to AstonVilla fans. The pain they were subjected to yesterday was quite excruciating to say the least.
The club captain Fabian Delph, just few days ago declared with immense loyalty of his decision to remain at Villa Park only for the fans to tune in few hours ago and receive the most heart wrenching news of his move to Manchester City.
The 25-year-old signed a five-year deal on Friday and will fly to Australia over the weekend to join his new team-mates for pre-season training.
It’s fair to say Fabian Delph’s move to Manchester City has angered Aston Villa fans.
City triggered an £8m release clause in Delph’s contract and the 25-year-old agreed a five-year-deal on Friday.
But one caller to Drivetime was far from impressed, expressing his frustration having purchased a Delph shirt for his son, after the England international committed his future to Villa last weekend, only for him to reverse his decision just a few days later.
“How do I tell a young boy, who has a hero at that football club, who loves football and doesn’t see the politics of the game, that actually he’s leaving son because he no longer values everything he said five days ago,” the father queried.
Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has slammed the player after the midfielder completed the £8m move.
Delph had rejected City’s advances last weekend when he issued a statement insisting: “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.”
The midfielder has since reversed that decision and Collymore was left fuming by the England international’s U-turn.
“I’m embarrassed as a Villa fan,” he told Drivetime shortly before the deal was officially confirmed.
“I’ve no problem with Manchester City, they’ve done their business as they see fit if the release clause is £8m I don’t blame them for getting him, he’s a very good footballer.
“But he (Delph) said twice now that he wants to stay at the club nobody put a gun to his head.
“He said twice that he believes Villa is a great club that he wants to stay at…if he signs for Manchester City or any other club in the next few days then he’s an absolute disgrace.”
This pain could last all through the season but the effect of the betrayal will be immensely felt if the midfielder gets to play on November 7th at Villa Park and score.