Fabian Delph Retires From Football, Here is All You Need to Know About the Former Manchester City Star

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Former Aston Villa, Everton, and Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph have publicly announced his retirement from football.


The 32-year-old England national midfielder’s contract with the Toffees ended in the summer after injuries restricted him to just 21 appearances for Everton over the last two seasons.


He announced this on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, via his Instagram account.
Delph wrote: “So today I announce my retirement with nothing but happiness and gratitude for what this beautiful game has given me,”


“Massive shout-out to my family, friends, players, and staff from the amazing clubs I have been fortunate enough to represent as well as the support I have had from the fans”.

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Fabian Delph in Aston Villa Jersey

Fabian Delph made 204 Premier League appearances for Everton, Manchester City, and Aston Villa after he started his club career in the Championship with Leeds United and won 20 international caps for England.


The 32-year-old former Villa and Manchester City midfielder was part of coach Gareth Southgate’s 2018 World Cup England squad in Russia, where he made three appearances for his side, including coming off the bench in the quarter-final victory over Sweden.


Former Everton and Aston Villa renowned midfielder Fabian Delph has retired, just months after leaving Goodison Park as a free agent.


The midfielder confirmed on Tuesday that he is hanging his boots up for good after 16 years in the professional game.

Who is Fabian Delph?

Fabian Delph is an English former professional footballer who recently played as a central midfielder or left-back for English Premier League club Everton.

Fabian Delph’s Age

Fabian Delph was born on 21 November 1989, Age 32.

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Fabian Delph’s Club Career History

Delph began his career with Leeds United, and after just one year as a first-team regular in League One, he earned himself a move to the Premier League club Aston Villa in 2009.


However, It wasn’t until the 2012/13 season under coach Paul Lambert that the 32-year-old midfielder established himself as a key player at Villa Park, and also earned his senior England debut in August 2014.

Delph completed an £8 million move to Manchester City in 2015, despite initially missing his medicals to maintain his commitment to Villa.


Delph joined City to become a key influence in the dressing room under Pep Guardiola.

The England midfielder also became one of the Premier League’s leading left-backs and he was part of the England squad that reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

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Fabian Delph joined Everton


The 32-year-old left Manchester City for Everton in 2019, but injury problems impeded him to just 41 appearances in all tournaments for the Toffees during his three-year stay at Goodison Park where he finally retired.

Fabian Delph joined Everton from Man City


Fabian Delph’s Controversies at Aston Villa

After the reports that he could leave the club at the end of the 2015 season due to his contract expiring, Delph signed a four-and-a-half-year contract on 25 January 2015, keeping him at Villa until 2019.


Meanwhile, on the 10th of July, Delph was reported to be having a medical ahead of an £8 million transfer to Manchester City.

However, Delph never showed up for his scheduled medical, and thereafter released a statement on the Aston Villa website ensuring he would be staying at the club and would not be moving to Manchester City.

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Whereas, reports a week later emerged that Fabian Delph had again changed his mind and was having a medical at Manchester City ahead of a prospective move.


Many Villa supporters despised him for turning his back on Aston Villa; the club he committed his future and loyalty to after assuring them he would remain.

Why did Fabian Delph lie about his move to Manchester City?

The 32-year-old was supposed to join Manchester City when an £8 million deal was seemingly agreed. But the midfielder didn’t complete his medical and the move collapsed.


Fabian Delph later issued a statement saying he wanted to ‘set the record straight.

He said: “I’m not leaving”,
“I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.”

However, it seemed he lied to Villa and his fans as he eventually moved a few weeks after the statement.


Some reports claimed he lied and left because he wanted to win Premier League with Manchester City as Aston Villa couldn’t even reach the top four.


On the contrary, other reports asserted that Delph left Villa for Manchester City as he’s getting a lower wage compared to what City offered him. But the midfielder said one of the main reasons he left was due to his desire to make more exploits.

Fabian Delph’s Basics(viral speech)

Delph’s speech following Man City’s 3-2 defeat to Man United in the 2018 premier league season went viral.


The 32-year-old City midfielder was frustrated that the team surrendered a two-goal lead to United.

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Delph launched heavy words on City teammates after United defeat

As manager Pep Guardiola and his silent team-mates watched on, Delph launched into a tirade in which he blasted them for ‘stopping running’ and ‘freezing’ when things started to turn against them.


The speech appeared in the Amazon Prime series ‘All or Nothing’ after City’s loss to United.


Delph, thereafter admitted that his City teammates still mock him for the passionate speech.


Delph told the Daily Telegraph that:’The guys always come up to me now and say, “Oh, the basics!”,’

‘Raheem [Sterling], Vincent [Kompany], a lot of the lads, I never hear the end of it — and I probably never will be honest.
‘And with my strong Yorkshire accent, it’s even funnier to them.’

Fabian Delph’s trophies

Fabian Delph won the Premier League title twice with Manchester City and reached the FA Cup and League Cup finals with Aston Villa.


Fabian Delph’s height and weight

The 32-year-old Fabian Delph has a Height of 1.74 m, and Weigh 60 kg.


Is Fabian Delph married?

Yes, Fabian Delph is married to Natalie Delph, age 32.

Mrs. Delph met her future husband, Fabian Delph in 2013, while he was playing for Aston Villa.

The couple got married just months after their relationship began and they have three daughters.

The 32-year-old has finally hanged his boot after 16 years of football action.

Meanwhile, following his retirement from football, Delph has not indicated what he wants to do now, though an announcement could come on his social media soon, perhaps, a coaching career.

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