Fabian Delph wants to take Aston Villa to Champions League

Fabian Delph is stay at Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Having signed a new long-term deal with Aston Villa, midfielder Fabian Delph is aiming to take them to the Champions League.

Delph penned a contract until 2019 and hopes the Midlands outfit can have a resurgence in the next few years.

“We all set targets individually and as a team, I don’t see why playing in the Champions League for Villa isn’t possible by the end of my contract. I will be 30 then, so will probably be sitting in midfield though!”

The England international could have left on a free in the summer, but has shown his commitment to the club who are currently languishing in the lower half of the table.

“I think most people in my situation would probably be looking to move on. I am quite driven and people expected me to move on to challenge for stuff“Being on a free also means I would have been financially better off. But I am a kid from Bradford, brought up on a council estate. I am not money driven or money-orientated. I live a simple life, I love my family and take care of them."

Delph has lofty ambitions. Credit: PA

Being given the opportunity to play was a key factor in deciding to stay at Villa Park.

“If I am playing week in week out and enjoy my football and feel like I am still developing - which is the main thing - I am happy.

“It about also repaying the faith of the chairman and the fans. You can’t do anything from the treatment table but once I got fit and got a run of games it was honestly all about repaying them.

“I have a lot of time for people involved with at the club – even the cleaners and canteen staff.”