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O'Neill Wants Gareth Barry To Stay

Gareth Barry, who has been made team captain by Martin O'Neill could be on the verge of a big money deal to keep him at Villa Park.

O'Neill is keen to tie the 25-year-old left sided midfielder to Villa Park after suggestions he might be looking to pastures new.

O'Neill said: 'Conversations with the likes of Gareth Barry are continuing and I'm hoping that we will be able to resolve that before transfer deadline, one way or the other. I think that he's got two years left of his contract to run and I'd like to keep him, if it's at all possible. I genuinely would like to keep him and perhaps it might be the time now to look at maybe extending his contract.'

'He's a very, very important player. Not only to Villa at the moment, when he's of obvious importance, but to the future of Villa. I'm talking about what we want to build on and I want him to be part of that. I'll be sitting down with Gareth, hopefully very, very shortly and I want to resolve it. The sooner we can resolve Gareth's situation, the better.'

So go on Gareth, stick around, you know you love the claret and blue!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 22 2006

Time: 2:21PM

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he's a good player but he is not a world beater. If we could get £6m or over I would take it. He is the best of a bad bunch at the moment and we shouldnt let that blind our judgement.
tylervilla
I think you are being over critical of the villa squad tylervilla. We have squad made up of current and former internationals and a group of promising youngsters. From the back; Sørensen - current international, Hughes - current international, Melberg - current international, Laursen - injured (current) international, Ridgewell - promising younster, Bouma - former international (potential for recall), Cahill - promising youngster, Delaney - current international, Samuel - jury is still out, Taylor - jury is still out, Barry - former international and touted by many (not just Villa fans) as the answer to England's weakness on the left, Davis - current international, DJ*2 - current international, McCann - former international, Hendry - former international, Berson - jury is still out, Agbonlahor - promissing youngster, Moore - Promissing youngster, Phillips- former international, Angel - current international, Baros - current international. I know I've missed a few out and I know that not all of these players are what you would call world beaters but just look at that list, there is no way a team with so many current and former internationals should have performed the way we did over the last 2 seasons but the lack of quality did not come from the playing staff, it came from the leadership, in particular DOL but not forgetting HDE. The players we have are good, we need strengthening in some areas and, no they are not a team of Chelsea's quality, but then who is? We won't win the league without significant improvement in the players we have but don't sell the players we have short, they are capable of competing as they showed in DOL's first season, they just need propper leadership and developement.
Villain Of The North
I always think when barry performs the team performs,he just needs to be more consistent.
the flying villain
I can't see how we can afford to 'get rid' of any player at the mo. If Carrick is worth 18 mil I would say Barry would be worth at least half that. All the team needs is creativity in the middle. The rest will come.
Steve64k
 

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