Fabian Delph up for Villa midfield battle

Fabian Delph is determined to break back into the Aston Villa starting XI.

Fabian Delph is determined to break back into the Aston Villa starting XI.

Delph wants to get back into the team as soon as possible and insists there's "extra determination in my footsteps".

He told Villa's website: "I like to think I work hard every day but there's an extra determination in my footsteps at the minute.

"I haven't started in the last four games but I can't complain because the midfield has been playing really well. As soon as I get my chance to get back in, I will try as hard as I can and give it everything out on that pitch for Aston Villa.

"We have some top midfielders - Stiliyan, Herdy, Jermaine and Barry.

"Jermaine has been itching to get out there and impress. He's determined and he's in really good shape too. I'm sure he'll be flying when he gets his chance.

"It's healthy for the team to have real competition around the place. It keeps everyone on their toes. Everyone is fighting."

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