Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino has backed the Midlands club over Fabian Delph having a reported £10million release clause in his current contract at Villa Park.
Delph, who signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with Villa earlier this year, is being linked with a shock move to the Etihad and Cascarino reckons Villa had no choice but to put a low release clause in the England midfielder's contract.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: “The circumstances why Delph has a contract that has a release clause is he was nearly at the end of his previous contract.
“How can it be £10million? We’re at a stage where literally players have a blank sheet of paper and clubs say fill in the blanks and tell us what you want.
“Players have got so much power in the modern game.
“Villa tried to broker a deal where they will get something. I feel sorry for the club, it’s the way the modern game is.”