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FABIAN DELPH’S shock de­ci­sion to sign a new deal at As­ton Villa is a state­ment of in­tent from the club, in­sists An­dreas Weimann.

The 25-year-old Eng­land mid­fielder had been ex­pected to leave Paul Lam­bert’s men, with Liverpool and Tot­ten­ham among those keen.

But he stunned fans be­fore Sun­day’s FA Cup win over Bournemouth by an­nounc­ing on the big screen that he had penned a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Now Villa hope that an­other con­tract rebel, skip­per Ron Vlaar, will fol­low suit.

Weimann said: “It’s what the club is try­ing to do – keep the play­ers here and build on it, and with Fab stay­ing it’ll keep us go­ing.

“Fabian’s not scared of any­thing, you see that in the way he plays.

“He’s a re­ally big player for us get­ting on the ball and keep­ing us mov­ing. He showed it for Eng­land and us and we’re glad he’s stay­ing.

“It’s a big lift for the club. He is an im­por­tant player for us and it’s nice to see.”

Mi­crosoft co-founder Paul Allen has re­sponded to ru­mours by in­sist­ing he has no plans to buy Villa.

The Amer­i­can is the 55th rich­est man in the world with an es­ti­mated net worth of $17bil­lion.

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