Delph completes move to Manchester City

17 July 2015 14:28:36 EST

Fabian Delph has left Aston Villa to join Manchester City, despite having earlier this week, saying he wanted to remain at Villa Park.

The Villa captain has signed a five-year contract with last season's Premier League runners-up, the second major signing the club have made this following their £49m capture of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini said of his new signing: "At just 25 years old, he still has his best years ahead of him. He is an excellent player, I am looking forward to working with him."

His signing brings to an end an uncertain close season for the England midfielder who had an £8m release clause in his contract.

He appeared likely to move to the Etihad Stadium only to release a statement last week signalling his intention to stay at Villa Park.

However, he did not travel with the rest of Tim Sherwood's squad to their pre-season training camp in Portugal and now, following a medical, he has been confirmed as a Manchester City player next season.

It brings to an end a six-year stay at Villa, having signed for the Premier League club from Leeds United in 2009.

He made 28 league appearances for the side last season and was also instrumental in their run to the FA Cup final where they lost to Arsenal.

His club form also led to international recognition last season and, following a debut against Norway last September, he now has made six appearances for England.

City are 5000/1 to win the Premier League title next season while Chelsea are 5000/1. Villa are 1/1000 to be relegated.

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