Last week, I commended Aston Villa’s midfield player Fabian Delph for remaining loyal to Aston Villa when Manchester City were offering to double his wages. “I’m not leaving”, said Delph, on 11 July. “I’m staying at the football club.” How utterly refreshing to see a young Englishman showing such loyalty! Today, Delph signed for Manchester City.
I apologise to any of you who still believe there remains any honour in football. Delph, it seemed was the glorious exception to the norm, preferring to stay at the club which nurtured him and helped him to play for England. But these days, loyalty has a price, and it turns out Delph’s words were the words of a modern day footballer.
Let me remind you about more things the Delph said just last week: “I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season.”
Guardian blogger Sachin Nakrani said only yesterday that Delph’s loyalty showed that “romance is not dead, after all.”
As Delph gets ready to take his place on Manchester City’s bench alongside Raheem Sterling, I can safely confirm that it is, mate.