Liverpool target Delph-initely staying at Aston Villa after penning new deal

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has decided that his future lies at Villa Park – for the time being, at least – by signing a new four-and-a-half year deal with the Midlands club.

The 25 year-old midfielder’s initial contract was due to expire in the summer but the new deal means that he will stay at Villa until 2019.

Delph has impressed in what has otherwise been a dreary couple of seasons for Aston Villa under Paul Lambert, and the former Leeds man was rewarded for his fine form by earning his first call-up to the England squad earlier in the season.

Despite repeated links to Liverpool – with many thinking Reds boss Brendan Rodgers would sign Delph as a long-term replacement for departing captain Steven Gerrard – the Villa man has decided to remain loyal to the Midlands outfit.

“I am a loyal person and committing my future will hopefully show everybody what type of guy I am,” he said.

“There was no way I was going to bail out. I am here for the long run.”

Delph’s Aston Villa face Bournemouth at home in the FA Cup on Sunday, hoping to progress to the fifth round of the competition.

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