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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez ‘enthusiastic’ about Man City midfielder – but will Pep sell?

Fabian Delph has finally been enjoying some regular first-team football at Manchester City in April, appearing for 90 minutes against Chelsea and Hull.

Pep Guardiola seems to admire Delph’s abilities, and has spoken highly of him, and with the Yorkshireman filling a home-grown spot, could his long-term future lie at the Etihad after all?

According to Louise Taylor in The Guardian, 27-year-old Delph has a big admirer in Newcastle manager Benítez, who is ‘very enthusiastic’ about the England international’s creative talents.

With Newcastle regaining promotion to the Premier League after a year in the Championship, Delph would be the perfect type of signing to strengthen their squad. But will City entertain the idea, especially with six players out of contract, including home-grown Gaël Clichy?

Delph cost City £8 million from Aston Villa in July 2015, infamously joining just a week after publicly committing his future to Villa. He has been beset by injury problems since his move, making just 24 appearances in the Premier League to date, but hasn’t looked out of place during his recent appearances, making a claim to be part of Pep Guardiola’s squad next season.

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