Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted that he is powerless to keep hold of Fabian Delph, with interest from Liverpool offering the England international a possible route out of Villa Park.
The former Leeds United star, who came through the club’s famous Thorp Arch academy, starred as Villa managed a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at the weekend, despite falling to ten men.
Delph reminded the Villa faithful of what they missed during his absence due to injury.
Prior to that injury, Delph’s excellent form in the Premier League for Villa earned him a call up to Roy Hodgson’s England side.
Delph’s contract with Aston Villa runs out at the end of the season, and as a result, he could move in January for a cut price fee or see out the rest of his deal and move on a bosman in the summer.
Lambert has admitted that Delph holds the cards, telling the press: “This is a brilliant club regardless what football you’re playing. [Delph has] been fantastic for me the three years I’ve been here.
“They’re in their last year and from experience when you get into the Bosman ruling you hold that card.
“I’m delighted with the way they’re playing. Whether they’re in their last year or have ten years to go those lads are right behind the football club at the minute.”
Fabian Delph is one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League. A move to Liverpool would suit him to a tee, and it is difficult to see Villa holding onto him.