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Aston Villa's Fabian Delph signs contract extension

Fabian Delph
Delph made 15 appearances for the Villains last season

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at Villa Park until 2015.

The 21-year-old arrived from Leeds in August 2009 in a deal rumoured to be worth up to £8m.

His progress at Villa was checked after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a training session in April.

He suffered a set-back after returning against Tottenham on Boxing Day but has played in Villa's last two matches.

Delph came off the bench to fill in at left-back for the 4-1 win over Blackburn after Nathan Baker was forced off with concussion and continued in the role for Wednesday's FA Cup defeat by Manchester City.

"I am absolutely delighted. The club has shown great commitment in me by offering me this deal and I was more than happy to sign it," said Delph.

"I want to push on now, improve and play a part as we look to finish the season on a high and build for next season."

Villa manager Gerard Houllier believes that Delph's contract extension shows the strong relationship between club and player.

"We are very confident he will become a very good player for Aston Villa. The fact he signed the contract means he trusts us too," he said.

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