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Delph performs U-turn to complete Man City move

Fabian Delph is now a City player. Credit: PA

Fabian Delph has signed a five-year deal with Manchester City after performing a U-turn on his initial decision to stay at Aston Villa.

The England midfielder completed a medical at City on Friday and is set to fly to Australia to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour.

The 25-year-old had rejected City's advances last weekend when he issued a statement insisting: "I'm not leaving. I'm staying at the football club and I can't wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club."

Delph set to join Man City after all

Fabian Delph is off to Manchester City. Credit: PA

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has performed a dramatic U-turn is now set to join Manchester City.

Delph previously pulled out of a deal and pledged his allegiance to Aston Villa.

The England international gone to the north-west for a medical and will most likely complete his move over the weekend.

Aston Villa are also set to lose key striker Christian Benteke, who is the subject of a £32.5million by Liverpool.

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Liverpool trigger Benteke clause with £32.5m bid

Christian Benteke could be on his way to Anfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool are one step closer to signing striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa after bidding £32.5million to trigger his release clause.

Ian Ayre, Liverpool's chief executive, will now hold talks with Aston Villa over the finer details of the transfer, which should be a formality.

Liverpool to trigger Benteke £32.5m release clause

Christian Benteke could be off to Anfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool look to be closing in on a deal for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke by triggering the Belgian's £32.5million release clause.

The striker has been linked with moves to Anfield and Manchester United, but only the Merseyside club are now frontrunners to sign him.

Richards denies influencing Delph Man City U-turn

Micah Richards was on the periphery for his final years at City. Credit: PA

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards says he is not the reason Fabian Delph decided against moving to the Etihad.

Richards, who has just joined Delph at Aston Villa, was accused in some newspaper reports of having told his new team-mate not to join City.

England midfielder Delph looked set to join City, but had a change of heart on Saturday and pulled out of the deal.

Richards tweeted: "If people actually think I had a influence on Delph not going to City your [sic] wrong! And I have nothing but great things to say about City!"

Delph says he's not leaving Aston Villa for Man City

Fabian Delph is staying. Credit: Pa

Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph has said he won't be leaving the club to join Manchester City.

The England midfielder released a statement to confirm he would be staying at Villa Park after reports he was set to join city.

I'm aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight.

I'm not leaving. I'm staying at the football club and I can't wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.

– Fabian Delph

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Man City close in on England midfielder

Fabian Delph is off to the Etihad. Credit: PA

Manchester City are closing in on their first signing of the summer in the form of Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph.

The 25-year-old only signed a new four-and-half-year deal in January but included in that agreement was an £8million release clause which appears to have been triggered by the two-time Premier League champions.

Delph did not fly out with the rest of the squad on Thursday for their training camp in Portugal and the arrival of Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye late on Friday increases the chances of a swift conclusion to any transfer.

Aston Villa defender makes Eibar move

Antonio Luna fell out of favour at Villa Park. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have confirmed the departure of defender Antonio Luna to Spanish club Eibar.

Luna joined from Sevilla in a £2million deal in June 2013 and scored on his debut in a 3-1 Premier League win at Arsenal.

But the 24-year-old left-back made only 17 starts for Villa and was loaned to Italian club Hellas Verona last season before moving to Serie B club Spezia Calcio for the second half of the campaign.

Aston Villa snap up goalkeeper on a free

Mark Bunn was recently released by Norwich. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have brought in goalkeeper Mark Bunn following his release by Norwich City, the club have confirmed.

Bunn has penned a two-year deal at Villa Park where he will likely be understudy to Brad Guzan.

I'm delighted to find myself working with Tony Parks again as he was the goalkeeping coach at Norwich City so he knows me really well.

Aston Villa is a huge football club and this was too good an opportunity to miss out on.

I'm looking forward to getting to know my new team-mates over in Portugal at our pre-season training camp and I can't wait to get started.

– Mark Bunn
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