Fabian Delph looking forward to challenging for place on Man City’s bench

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Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph is set to join Manchester City and has claimed to be relishing the chance to fight for a place on the bench at the City of Manchester stadium.

Just five months after telling fans he was ‘here for the long hall’ having signed a contract, it was revealed he demanded an £8m release clause, putting him within reach of pretty much any club outside League 1.

However, with his move to Manchester now imminent, Delph has spoken of his delight at the challenge that lies ahead.

He told reporters, “City are a massive club, and they’re challenging for lots of trophies, so I want to be a part of that by hopefully making a couple of match day squads before Christmas.”

“I have to be realistic, so a few Carling cup run outs would be nice, too.”

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“It’s ok though, my new contract isn’t appearance related – my agent is pretty good at contracts, just ask the Villa.”

Delph for Manchester City

Delph is expected to undertake a medical in Manchester this weekend, as well as getting fitted for his bench seat.

A club insider said, “It’s ergonomic and moulded to your body shape. We like our match-day subs to be comfortable.”

“That said, we’ve already told him he’ll have to earn his place on the bench – we’ll keep his seat in storage until he makes the squad, probably some time in the new year when the injuries and suspensions start to hit.”

“Still, it’s another Englishman for our quota, so he can clean the toilets for all we care.”