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English footballer Fabian Delph currently plays as a midfielder of the Premier League club Manchester City besides appearing regularly for the England national football team. He started his football journey with Bradford City and moved to Leeds United youth academy at the age of just 11. Delph then transferred to Aston Villa in August 2009 after playing 45 League One matches for Leeds. He returned to his former club Leeds from Aston Villa in 2012 for a short loan spell.
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Delph displayed some amazing performances during the 2012-13 Premier League season under Aston Villa’s manager Paul Lambert, and for that he was included in the England national squad the very same year. He was then transferred from Aston Villa to Manchester City in July 2015 fir an estimated transfer fee of £8 million. Besides making his debut for the English side in a friendly against Norway in 2014, Delph also represented the U-19 and U-21 side of England.
Delph started his football career as a youngster at Bradford City and joined Leeds United youth academy in September 2001 under their academy coach Greg Abbott. He signed a two-year-scholarship deal with Leeds United in 2006 at the age of just 16. He then became the captain of the Leeds reserve team in 2007. Delph made his first team debut as a substitute in a league match against Derby County on 6th May 2007. He then signed his first professional contract with Leeds on 11th January 2008 followed by two appearances in the same season as a substitute. Delph made his first start for Leeds in a pre-season friendly against Barnet in season 2008-09.
Delph made his first start for Leeds United in a League Cup first round match against Chester City on 13th August 2008. He then signed a new four-year contract extension with the club on 5th September 2008. After his amazing performance during season 2008-2009, several premier league clubs such as Arsenal and Newcastle United showed interest in team followed by two more offers from EPL clubs in January 2009. Delph earned his nomination for the League One player of the year in March 2009 for his spectacular performance in season 2008-09. He also achieved the young player of the year in the Football League Awards the same season. At the Leeds United club awards, Delph received young player of the season, goal of the season and player’s player of the season award.
Delph signed a contract with Premier League club Aston Villa on 3rd August 2009 for an undisclosed fee. He made his EPL debut for the club against Wigan Athletic on 15th August 2009. Delph scored his first goal for Aston Villa in a FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on 23rd January 2010. He then signed a new contract extension with the club on 3rd March 2011 which made him stay at the club till 2015. He then transferred to his former club Leeds United on loan on 20 January 2012. He was initially had a loan term with Leeds till 25th February 2012, and made his second debut for Leeds on 21st January 2012 against Ipswich Town.
Delph suffered a horrific ankle injury during Leeds’ match against Coventry City, and came back to Aston Villa for his treatment. He made a comeback in the next season and scored his first Premier League goal in Aston’s Villa’s 3-2 win against Southampton on 4th December 2014. Delph signed another four-and-a-half-year contract extension till 2019 on 25th January 2015. He captained the Aston Villa squad for the first time in the 2015 FA Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on 30th May 2015.
Delph signed a five-year contract with Premier League side Manchester City on 17th July 2015 for an estimated transfer fee of £8 million. He then made his debut for Man City in a 2015 International Champions Cup match against Spanish giant Real Madrid at the Melbourne Cricket ground a week after his signing. Delph scored his first goal for the club against Southampton on 28th November 2015. He then established himself as the starting left-back of Manchester City after the injury of their primary left-back Benjamin Mendy. His most notable performance for Manchester City came when he made 14 consecutive starts for the club in season 2017-18.
Delph started his international career as a substitute for the England U-19 team in March 2008. He was then named in the English senior squad for the first time on 28th August 2014. Delph made his senior international debut for England as a substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a friendly against Norway on 3rd September 2014. He made his first start for the national side in the first match of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification against Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park, Basel; five days later. Delph was then included in the Euro 2016 England squad on 16th Mat 2016.
Born on 21st November 1989 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Delph completed his schooling from Boston Spa School which is a partner school of Leeds United. He married his long-time girlfriend Natalie Delph. The couple has two kids together, Sofia and Aleya Delph. He was arrested for drunk driving in Rothwell, Leeds, on 23rd December 2008. For this incident Leeds Magistrates’ Court disqualified him from driving for 18 months and fined him £1,400.
Delph’s current Net Worth stands at £14.7 Million which includes around £8.4 Million worth of yearly salary. He currently gets £160,997 weekly salary from his club Manchester City. The current market value of Delph is estimated to be around £7 Million.
Due to his amazing skill-work and great display of aggression on ground, Delph received praises from all over the globe. He helped England side to win in several matches. Besides, Delph also helped Aston Villa to become to runner-up of Football League in season 2009-10 and FA Cup in season 2014–15. During his time with Manchester City, he also helped the club to win the Football League Cup in season 2015-16.