Fabian Delph today revealed he wants to end his career at Villa and prove his worth after his injury nightmare.
The midfielder has pledged his future to the club and is already eyeing a new contract after some fine early season form.
Delph’s performances have been tipped to earn him an England call with the Three Lions preparing for the World Cup in Brazil next year.
But the ex-Leeds man is focused on his Villa future and wants to earn a deal to keep him at the club for years.
He said: “I’d love to be here for the rest of my career, but that’s not up to me. I’m sure if I stay fit, which is a big thing for me, then hopefully I might be offered a new contract. For me it’s just about playing games.
“I think if you think about stuff like that your mind gets a bit blocked. For me it’s about staying fit and helping my team-mates and just repaying people back.”
A cruciate knee ligament injury sidelined the 23-year-old for almost a year in 2010 after his £6m move from Elland Road.
And Delph believes he needs to repay the support he has received from Villa owner Randy Lerner after his time out.
“He paid a sum of money for me four years ago and we’ve seen people go for a sum of money, end up getting injured and then they get shipped off,” he said.
“Whereas Randy, the chairman here, has been brilliant. Every time I’ve got injured he’s been positive with me, saying ‘come on you can get back fit, push on, you can do well’. He’s just believed in me. Every time I’ve seen him he’s said nothing but positive stuff to me. I have a good relationship with. “He owns the club and if I’m injured what good am I? I personally feel like I went missing for a few years. Obviously it’s down to injuries. It’s not something I was happy with
Whenever I see him I’ll spend five minutes having a chat with him. To be fair I just love talking so whoever wants to talk to me I’ll have a chit chat with them.
“It’s always nice to see Randy, you don’t see him that often, but when you do he’s always a gentleman.”
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