Manchester City, the employers of Nigerian teen sensation Kelechi Iheanacho, have announced the surprise signing of Fabian Delph from Aston Villa.
Delph had vowed to stay with Villa six days ago whrn it was first reported that he was heading to the Etihad Stadium, but he made a shocking U-Turn on Friday and signed with the 2013/2014 Premier League champions.
Manchester City confirmed the deal with a statement on their website on Friday.
The statenent read in part: “Fabian Delph has joined Manchester City from Aston Villa after agreeing a five-year contract.
The Bradford-born midfielder, 25, completed a medical on Friday and will fly to Australia over the weekend to join his new team-mates for pre-season training.
He will wear the No.18 shirt for City.
Capped six times by England, Delph began his senior career at Leeds United, making 50 appearances between 2006 and 2009.
In 2009 he was voted the Leeds United Young Player of the Year and Leeds United Players’ Player of the Year; he was also named in the PFA League One Team of the Year as well as winning the Football League Player of the Year to cap a memorable campaign for the Lilywhites.
Widely regarded as one of the brightest talents outside the Premier League, he moved to Aston Villa in 2009 for an undisclosed fee, aged just 19.
He became an integral member of the first team, and was voted the club’s Player of the Year in 2013/14.”