Fabian Delph has reportedly turned down a move to Stoke, which had seemed to be back on again late last night.
The 27-year-old England international was close to joining Mark Hughes’ side earlier this summer, but began to send mixed messages their way about his interest in a move, and Hughes admitted that a deal was unlikely.
In recent days, fresh reports of a deal being likely surfaced, with Delph hoping to get plenty of game time to boost his England chances in this World Cup year.
However, according to James Ducker of the Telegraph, he has rejected Stoke and fancies his chances of getting plenty of minutes at City, despite being down Pep Guardiola’s midfielder pecking order.
Delph knocked back Stoke. Believes he can get 1st team action at #MCFC despite being 6th in midfield pecking order. Stoke looking elsewhere
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) August 30, 2017
In addition to being an extra midfield option, Delph also counts as a home-grown player on the squad list, and can hopefully make a good contribution this season as City look to fight for trophies on four fronts.