Manchester City’s Fabian Delph could be one of many to leavethe Etihad Stadium this summer as part of a massclear-out by boss Pep Guardiola, according toThe Guardian.

Earlier in the season, theManchester Evening Newsreported that Leeds United had been monitoringthe midfielder in an attempt to bring the 27-year-old back to Elland Road, but no January deal was struck.

However, with the former Whites fan-favourite still unable to break into the Citizens starting XI, the Yorkshire club could be prepared to stage a post-season swoop for the England international.

The Bradford-born ball-winner joined the Championship side’s youth academy at the age of 11, and went on to represent the club’s first-team 58 times in all competitions.

But following a string of fine performances, the then-European challengers Aston Villa were the ones to coaxDelph away from Leeds in 2009.

The highly-touted youngster went on to play 134 times for the Villans, and was awarded the captains armband at Villa Park before his controversial 8 million switch to Manchester City.

However, since his arrival in the north west the former-Whites defensive-minded midfielder has made just 37 appearances over two seasons – and only 10 this campaign – leaving speculation surrounding the out-of-favour Englishman’s future.

If the play-off contenders were to reach the Premier League, the 27-year-old would be the perfect strengthening optionforLiam Bridcutt – who during his time at Sunderland showed he may not be cut-out to contend withEngland’s elite.


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