Rory Delap surprised at Premier League career

Delap surprised at Premier League career
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Stoke midfielder Rory Delap is surprised that he is still playing in the top flight going into the latter stages of his career.

Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap has expressed his surprise at playing in the Premier League at this stage of his career.

The 35-year-old, who signed for the Potters in 2007, has been an integral part of the side that has solidified their presence in England's top division since 2008.

"If I was being brutally honest, I wouldn't have thought five years ago that I'd still be playing at this level, but I've dug in," he said.

"When I came to the club, the gaffer [Tony Pulis] said this is where he wanted to be and asked who wanted to be with him, and he and the chairman have kept their promises.

"We've got quite a few of the lads still here that were part of that."

Delap is expected to feature for Stoke when they entertain Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League on Thursday.

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