Aston Villa star says relegation threat would have seen him leave

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has revealed to BBC Sport that he would have rejected a new contract offer at Villa Park if there was a possibility that the Midlands club could get relegated from the Premier League.

The 25-year-old England international put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal in the new year.

While the threat of relegation is very much real at the club as they languish in the relegation zone – having won none of their last 10 league games, scoring just two goals – the recent appointment of Tim Sherwood as Villa’s new manager following the sacking of Paul Lambert may prove to be the lift that Delph and the rest of Villa’s players need.

“When I signed my contract there wasn’t a thought in my mind that relegation was going to happen,” he said.

“If that was the case, you’d have argued that I wouldn’t have signed the contract.”

Delph was repeatedly linked with a move to Liverpool in the January transfer window before he finally committed to Villa, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly seeing him as a potential successor to the soon-to-be-departed Steven Gerrard.

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