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Aston Villa complete Delph deal

Fabian Delph
Delph is already an England Under-21 international

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Fabian Delph from Leeds United.

The highly-rated 19-year-old agreed terms and passed a medical on Tuesday, according to a statement on Villa's official website.

The fee is undisclosed, but it is rumoured that Leeds could earn up to £8m from the deal.

"There are a lot of young English players here, a superb manager and this is the club I've chose to play for so hopefully I can do well," said Delph.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he added on Aston Villa TV. "It's a big step up but I'm looking forward to it and hopefully I can do well.

"I've managed to get the move here and I'm going to work my hardest and hopefully the gaffer will give me the opportunity to play.


"I've been to look at the ground and it's absolutely unreal. It's mind blowing.

"If I get the chance to play in it and do well I'll be really chuffed with myself."

The midfielder, who made his England Under-21 debut last year, rose through the ranks at Elland Road and was a regular for United last season.

He signed a new four-year deal with Leeds in September last year, but continued to attract interest from Premier League clubs.

Manchester City admitted their interest in the player while Everton were also thought to be interested.

A Leeds statement said: "Leeds United wish to place on record our appreciation for the honourable manner in which Aston Villa have conducted their interest in the player.

"The club has resisted approaches from other FA Premier League clubs since agreeing terms with Aston Villa.

"Having given Villa our commitment to transfer the player (subject to a medical), we had no intention of going back."

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see also
Man City move for Leeds teenager
01 Aug 09 |  Leeds
Midfielder Delph vows to improve
31 Mar 09 |  Leeds
Leeds reject approaches for Delph
16 Jan 09 |  Leeds
Delph signs four-year Leeds deal
06 Sep 08 |  Leeds

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