Man City's Fabian Delph: 'I see ghosts all the time... I don't think they're there to harm me'
England midfielder Fabian Delph has revealed an unwavering belief in the supernatural, saying he has seen "about four" ghosts in his life.
Delph managed to stifle the previous air of good humour as he made the revelation in a light question-answer session on his club Manchester City's official Youtube channel.
With a deadpan expression, Delph said: "I see ghosts all the time. Genuinely. I think I've seen about four.
"When I first signed for Villa I stayed in a hotel there was a lot of things moving in the room, a lot of bangs.
"And about four months ago I saw, in my house in God's country [Yorkshire], I saw two ghosts in the bedroom."
The former Aston Villa star was quick, however, to quell any implication he might be hysterical.
"I don't think they're there to harm me. But I've definitely seen them. It was just a split second and then they were gone.
"The one four months ago, that actually was carrying a body, it went out onto my balcony, then disappeared."
No doubt the more sardonic readers have already thought that Delph is likely being haunted by some of the poorer decisions he's made in his career - though admittedly he has stumbled his way into the 25-man squad of a top-four side.
Delph was ridiculed last summer after a logic-defying flip-flop-flip in his eventual transfer to Manchester City.
Having initially looked set to join the Citizens, Delph had a last-minute change of heart and said he would remain at Villa... before departing for real less than a week later.
Perhaps instead Delph is being haunted by the ghosts of England past, present and future, in an attempt to dissuade him from continuing with his international career and adding yet more misery and disappointment to fans nation-wide.
Who knows though - if the Yorkshireman has the occult on his side, then England might actually be in with a chance of winning a tournament penalty shoot-out.
We really are just fantasising now, aren't we.