Delaney hands in transfer request at Villa

December 22, 2005

Aston Villa defender Mark Delaney has handed in a written transfer request after becoming frustrated at the club's indecision over offering him a new contract.

The Welsh international, who has been with Villa for seven years, has only six months to run of his current deal although Villa could invoke a 12-month option, which is in their favour.

But that is unacceptable to 29-year-old Delaney who handed in the written request to leave Villa Park this morning.

Delaney's agent Richard Rosser said: 'Due to Aston Villa's indecision regarding a new contract for Mark Delaney, Mark has handed in a written transfer request which was submitted to the club on Thursday.'

Delaney had indicated at a press conference yesterday that he thought his days with Villa were numbered.

He has been a key player for Villa but for the past two years has been dogged by injury problems and has been sidelined with knee and groin injuries during the current campaign.

Delaney said: 'I have been here for seven years and I would have liked it to have carried on, but if I am being honest, then I just can't see it.

'We tried initially last year about a new contract and we have tried again recently but we have not had any response. I just wish someone would tell me that I am not required and I can start thinking about something else.

'It is quite sad because the club have been good to me, I have got to know a lot of people around here and I have been settled down.

'I don't want it to get bitter and for me to leave on bad terms. I would be disappointed to leave but I am realistic enough to know that things change and people change.'

Delaney added: 'I didn't think it was the end when Aaron Hughes was brought in from Newcastle in the summer as the squad needed strengthening and I was quite happy to be competing for a place.

'But not knowing whether or not I am going to stay at the club is a different kettle of fish.'