Delph to run down Aston Villa contract amid Liverpool & Tottenham interest

The England midfielder has decided to leave Villa Park at the end of his contract, but will assess his options at the end of the season rather than change clubs in January
By Greg Stobart

Fabian Delph is preparing to run down his Aston Villa contract and leave for nothing in the summer amid interest from Tottenham and Liverpool, Goal understands.

The midfielder has rejected Villa’s offer of a new contract worth £50,000-a-week and the Midlands club are resigned to losing him in the summer.

Delph is likely to be the subject of bids in the January transfer window but the player would prefer to wait until the end of the season to assess his options.

The 25-year-old is currently out of action with a dislocated shoulder and expected to return in December.

Tottenham and Liverpool are among the clubs closely monitoring his situation and Delph would welcome the chance to join either club.

Delph has become a key player for Villa under Paul Lambert and was rewarded in September as he made his England debut.

But Villa are again struggling in the lower reaches of the Premier League - they currently sit 16th in the table - and a high-profile transfer could boost Delph’s chances of cementing his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.

Delph made seven league appearances for Villa this season before undergoing surgery after landing on his shoulder in training.