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Gareth Barry doesn't look like he intends to leave Aston Villa any day soon after talking about his pride that he has reached the 300 mark (the youngest player in the Premiership to get to that milestone) and is now looking to catch Charlie Aitken's 656 appearance record.

The Villa skipper told the official site that the testimonial is a great achievement because so few players get them in the modern game.

'There's only something like one a year being played now it seems and it would be a good achievement and very satisfying to do it as a club as big as Villa. I'm not sure who I'd like to play in my testimonial - Inter Milan, AC Milan? Will they have heard of me? Maybe Brighton!'

He was also asked if he was looking at breaking long term records:

'I think about it but then you can't look too far ahead. Having said that, I've signed a four-year contract and I want to play as many games as possible and be successful. So if that means totting up appearances and climbing higher and higher towards the record holders then that would be a big bonus for me. I take it a game at a time and a year at a time, but hopefully records come with it.'

And illustrating what a great attitude he has he added 'You have to look at yourself: if you can't come to training and enjoy it, it's a fantastic job and we're doing something we enjoy. Every player should try to be the best player in training and every game. That's the way I approach it and I'm sure that's the way a lot of the other players do as well.'

How refreshing to hear a player talk about how much they appreciate their life and put back in as much as they get out. There are a few who could take a leaf out of his book who ply their trade in the Premiership.



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday November 5 2007
Time: 11:52AM

Comments

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Can't see we were that desperate to bring him to the Bridge anyway. He's an average player at an average club. End Of!!
daspecial1
05/11/2007 12:15:00
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yeah who made your midfield look average when we dicked you 2 - 0. and what does that make fatty frank if barry is average? decidedly average? fat and average? very average? jog on you cockney *****.
Stig
05/11/2007 12:21:00
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Gentlemen, gentlemen... Order please! The Rt Hon Mr. Fear had made some very pertinent remarks which should be read carefully and respected and not treated like scraps in the gutter. WELL SAID JONATHAN - GB represents the best in football and more are needed like him.
the_lergy
05/11/2007 12:25:00
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As much as I love GB he's still someway off what Frank has acheived. He gets so much undeserved stick in my opinion. As for Barry great to hear he's fully commited to staying with us, we cant afford to be losing players of his class.
DeanoVilla
05/11/2007 12:30:00
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Agree with Deano. To be fair, Lampard is still a far better player and I have serious doubts as to whether Barry would be any more than a bench warmer at a top-four club. Still, that's no bad thing.
DerryVillan
05/11/2007 13:05:00
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Lampard - a far better player? That statement I do not understand. At international level, Barry to me has far better atributes.
the_lergy
05/11/2007 13:19:00
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A handful of internationals aside, Barry has not played matches surrounded by anything more than mid-table players. Lampard at club level is a great player, it's just that he doesn't stand out as much as Barry does as he is not that much better than the other players. International football is something of a mystery, anyway. John Barnes was the best English player of the mid to late 1980s at a club level - nobody could lace his boots.
DerryVillan
05/11/2007 13:23:00
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Lampard was *****e for England in the WC and he's been *****e for them ever since. GB gave the side a much needed shot in the arm. If GB was at an overhyped club like Chelsea his name would be spoken with the greats of the game today.
Scot Dutch
05/11/2007 13:44:00
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Absolurely right, Scot Dutch! I was not talking of club level, DerryVillan, I was talking of GB's contribution in international matches.
the_lergy
05/11/2007 14:24:00
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"Frank Deflection Lampard" is not a bad player but he's not the same type of player as Barry. I would say Essien is more appropriate due to his versatility. Fat boy should be compared to Gerrard. In both cases there is 1 clear winner. Sorry but Barry and F***** would lose all day.
Villan444
05/11/2007 16:23:00
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