Fabian Delph joins Man City and twitter reacts to his U-turn

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Delph said he was a symbol of loyalty as he turned down Man City last week - today he signed for them
Delph said he was a symbol of loyalty as he turned down Man City last week - today he signed for them

You may have gone on holiday last week digesting the news that Aston Villa's Fabian Delph had turned down a mega-money move to Man City.

Yet today the same player signed a five year deal with City after changing his mind over the transfer, with the promise of a lucrative contract at City clearly encouraging a swift change of heart.

Delph has defended his decision to quit Aston Villa after proclaiming himself to be a symbol of loyalty in football, as he insisted he could not reject the chance to play for a Champions League club after sealing an £8m move.

In a statement issued to Press Association Sport, Delph maintained his initial decision to stay at Villa was an emotional rather than career decision and quickly became one he began to regret as he said:

 "My decision to stay initially was purely based on the emotion and feelings that I hold for the club and the people there that I would be walking away from - rather than looking at the football opportunity that had been placed in front of me.

"I've experienced some incredible low times in my career with injuries and at one point even questioned whether I would even return to Premiership level. Despite that, I've always been 100 per cent committed to improving my game and developing as a player and a person.

"As a kid watching the game on TV and then as a young footballer you dream about testing yourself against the best in the world, to compete for major trophies and to play in the Champions League.

"I've proved that I can play at the very top level with England and believe I owe it to myself to take the challenge of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world in Manchester City."

The twitter reaction to Delph's change of decision was predictably savage, with former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore leading the abuse flowing in his direction: