first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims Fabian Delph does not deserve to be booed on his return to Aston Villa this weekend.Delph angered fans when he abruptly quit Villa Park in July just weeks after issuing a strong statement pledging his future to the midlands outfit.The 25-year-old has featured little for City since because of injuries but is now back in contention and could feature at Villa Park on Sunday.Asked if Delph could expect a difficult welcome, Pellegrini said: “No, I hope he will not receive that. He played a lot of years for Aston Villa and Aston Villa wanted to sell him also.“He continued being a player that gave a lot of his career to Aston Villa and I don’t think the fans will forget all those things.”Delph, then Villa captain, was heavily linked with City at the end of last season but he appeared to rule out a move when he spoke out to “set the record straight” and say, “I’m not leaving”.He then performed a volte-face to join City in an £8million deal and, with hamstring issues now behind him, Pellegrini claims he will not lack motivation this weekend.The Chilean said: “Maybe it is the same as with Jesus Navas when we played against Sevilla.“Fabian made [a lot of] his career at Aston Villa but he is a professional player, now he is playing with us. I know that he wants to play also because he was a long time injured.”You can listen to Aston Villa v Manchester City exclusively live on talkSPORT from 1.30pm BST on Sunday. Fabian Delph 1last_img

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