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Delph: Aston Villa team-mates delighted I'm staying

Fabian Delph has admitted his Aston Villa team-mates were surprised to find out he had signed a new deal.

The England midfielder committed himself to a new deal that runs to the end of the 2018-19 season, ending speculation he might leave Villa Park.

Fabian Delph is staying put. Credit: PA

"The lads are absolutely delighted. As soon as I told some of them they looked at me shocked to start with," he said.

"They see a lot in me and how dedicated I am and how I want to push on. They're delighted to keep someone like me here.

"I see them as family, brothers, I'd run through a brick wall for them. They're not just team-mates."

Aston Villa get better of second string Bournemouth

Carles Gil arrived from Valencia recently. Credit: PA

A goal on his full Aston Villa debut from Carles Gil was followed by a Andi Weimann strike to ensure the Premier League team made it through.

Eddie Howe made eight changes to his team, as he prioritises promotion to the top-flight. Gil netted a wonderful goal, cutting in from the right, before curling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Weimann ensure Villa scored twice in a game for just the second time since August.

Calum Wilson did pull one back in injury-time, but it wasn't enough for it Championship team.


Aston Villa (Weimann) 2-0 Bournemouth


FA Cup teams: Aston Villa v Bournemouth

Gil can be Aston Villa's saviour - Lambert

Carles Gil arrived from Valencia this month. Credit: PA

Paul Lambert has hailed the impact of Carles Gil at Aston Villa and believes he can be their inspiration.

The 22-year-old midfielder signed from Valencia made a bright second-half debut in last week's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Gil could start in Sunday's FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Bournemouth and Lambert has already seen his quality against the Reds.

"To an extent it was a magic performance," said Lambert. "Carles gives us something we don't have but to come on and play the way he did in a game of that magnitude lifted the whole stadium and it was great.

"He is an excellent footballer, has a low centre of gravity and has an excellent touch, a typical Spanish type of player.

"Technically he's first class and he has only been here a few days so there'll be a lot more to come from him.

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