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Barry: I Can Be Successful Here

Gareth Barry has today spoken out about the constant speculation of him leaving for another club come the summer.

For as long as most can remember we've had constant rumblings of him leaving, whether that be to Spurs, Portsmouth or most recently Liverpool or Chelsea.

Speaking on the official site, Barry said that the rumours at the moment were pure speculation and that he's focused on getting Villa into Europe. With 2 years left on his contract and a testimonial in the pipeline he's also not looking to up sticks just yet even if the speculation was to become a formal offer at any point.

O'Neill has recently said himself that he's looking to sort out another contract for Barry as well, so it's clear the manager still sees him as an integral part of his rebuild.

Responding to the links and rumours of late, Barry said:

'I've always said I can be successful here.

'At this moment in time it's speculation. It's something I've had to deal with before and I'll approach it in exactly the same way as I've done in the past.

'Until the manager says something different or I hear something different then my job is to focus on helping Villa finish this season. I don't see why I should be sidetracked at this moment.

'There's still so much to play for at Aston Villa and I'm fully focussed on trying to achieve that fifth spot - which is still available. We can catch Portsmouth and Everton and first things first, the job is to try and win on Sunday.

'I've not even spoken to the manager about my contract here or about any other clubs. Until I speak to him I won't know his plans for next season.

'I'm sure we'll be speaking to him pretty soon, but at this moment in time I think it's important for me and the club to concentrate on achieving the best possible league position.'

The main reason for people linking Barry with a move away is due to the England aspect. Too many believe you can only have a proper England career if you are a reserve player for Man U or a rotation player at Liverpool. That simply isn't really the case and Barry has proved that time and again when representing his Country.

It also seems unlikely that Barry will look to move on for those reasons given the relationship that has been struck with O'Neill. We all thought Barry was a dead cert to move on after the Liar O'Leary debacle, yet a few words from the Wee Man gave Barry all the reassurance he wanted.

'I think this has been my best season, certainly in terms of my own game and where the club's heading now. From two years ago to where we are today, we've made exactly the strides the manager told me we would do.

'He said we'd be competing for European football again, which we are. He told me my own individual game would come on and I'd be playing for England again - which has also happened. It's been a great season for myself and hopefully the club can finish with a good season too.

'I don't think I have to move to learn more. The ideal situation for me is to be competing at the top level of football for this club.

'When people talk about me leaving they don't talk about the fact that I've got so much to lose here as well. I'm the captain here and I've got a great relationship with the fans.

'Ten years at one club, it would be a wrench to even think about leaving. I don't have to leave to achieve, I've always said I want to be doing it here.'

I'll repeat that last bit simply because it's potentially the best quote from a serving player in over the last 20 years.

'I don't have to leave to achieve, I've always said I want to be doing it here.'

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 18 2008

Time: 4:04PM

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Hurrah. Headlines in the press tomorrow? 'Barry Wants Out Of Villa' no doubt!!!
The Fear
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18/04/2008 16:11:00

Barry to leave is clearly a done deal then....or so some will claim. This doesn't really change anything for me, except for the fact that I now have even more respect and admiration for the man. That said, we can only wait and see if this is how things turn out, but you'd hope this would put a lid on it. That last paragraph is beautiful though.

I also just want to add briefly, with absolutely no justification....anyone who is completely fine with Barry going is crazy.
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18/04/2008 16:32:00

Contrast that with the sky report, if you read that you would be convinced that he is very definitely on his way out. Just shows what 'selective' reporting can do.,19528,12040_3441059,00.html
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18/04/2008 16:37:00

Music to my ears.
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18/04/2008 16:49:00

'I don't have to leave to achieve, I've always said I want to be doing it here.' Classic!
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18/04/2008 16:51:00

I would love him to stay, But I'm still not convinced.
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18/04/2008 16:55:00

He'll stay and probaly see out his career doubt.
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18/04/2008 16:57:00

yeah jonah, a very good example of selective reporting. Barry wants to stay is less of a story SKy would appear to think. Great stuff from the captain, and great stuff from the manager right from the off.....
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18/04/2008 17:14:00

I am old enough to have sennmany of our villa heroes leave the club down the years and have always been of the opinion that you can't make them stay if they don't want to, and no player is bigger than the club. But Barry is one player I would truly hate to see leave and reading that article (as opposed to the Sky sports one I had read first) has made me feel a hell of a lot better, good for you Gareth.
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18/04/2008 17:22:00

for sennmany please read seen many, I thank you.
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18/04/2008 17:37:00

'I don't have to leave to achieve, I've always said I want to be doing it here.' that quote is missing from this article, which would seem to be the way the internet media want to report this interview Although the selective reporting is irritating, at least we have this report for comfort. Jonah I too have seen many previous stars leave, only to achieve very little elsewhere, with the exception of Yorke. What might have been always rankles, but good fro Gazza Bazza saying he wants it here. UTV
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18/04/2008 18:08:00

Jongekki; I have contacted about that report, telling them it is disgraceful and giving them the missing portion of it.
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18/04/2008 18:15:00

Mr jonah, you have beaten me to it on two counts. Congratulations sir.
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18/04/2008 18:16:00

contact them carlosio, the morre complaints the better!
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18/04/2008 18:18:00

and a few rousing choruses of 'there's only one Gareth Barry' on Sunday probably wouldn't go amiss either.
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18/04/2008 18:20:00

I have done. Spin is annoying but intriguing, but to say he refuses to rule out a move when he clearly says otherwise at the end is not's a lie.

I think a new song should be introduced specially for our Captain.
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18/04/2008 18:35:00

All we need are a few moe signings to go with him and here we go!!!! I am actually quite excited by the summer for the first time in years and even if we only get 3 players, i will still be happy!!! Champions League in 5 years, do me a Favour, we will do it in 4!!!!!!!!!!! Forever Villa and MON!!!!!
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18/04/2008 19:16:00 he`s also said that honestly good for him he deserves to get a shot at the top level and it will not be the end of the world for villa if or when he goes he is a very good player but he`s not an irreplaceble player.
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18/04/2008 21:44:00

He's more or less irreplaceble, for the money we would get and for what it would take to bring his replacement to the club. Love reading this from Barry, makes me a very happy boy.
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18/04/2008 23:52:00

He's got his eye on that appearances record. He knows if he stays with us long term he could become the player with the most amount of appearances in Villa's history. He wants to be the ultimate Aston Villa Legend.
Adam Deuce
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19/04/2008 00:05:00

doesnt anyone think 12mill is dirt cheap and insulting to him , i think it is , considering carrick went for 18mill!! I started supporting the villa when barry first joined the club like 10 years ago and i have grown up in his generation , so he is my villa heroe and i would be distraught for him to leave. And if this club has ambitions to be challenging the top 4 then this summer we have to spend 40+mill and bloody show it , cuz we cant be a feeder team for the big teams anymore
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19/04/2008 07:53:00

The guy is a legend in my eyes already - in this day and age of money-grabbing, arrogant, spoilt brats (the Coles, the Ferdinands, etc), Barry is a shining example to today's youngsters of how it is possible to have success and retain a sense of normality about you - as well as maintaining your integrity. Top man, bloody good player, and I hope he does stay to see out his career at Villa Park. Proud of you Gareth - keep it up old son!
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19/04/2008 08:02:00

There are 2 things that are constantly missed. Firstly the press don't unsettle players. They are adults and make a choice based on what they think is correct at the time. Just like you and me. Secondly if a player is happy no amount of speculation will unsettle him. I have read that article several times now and GB is making possitive noises but without a cast iron I'm staying. like I said before I would love him to stay but I'm still not convinced...
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19/04/2008 11:03:00

Like gappy and jonah I am not convinced either. I have been following Villa since the last war (that dates me!) and over the years have seen many, many good Villa players go off to get the medals etc they have not achieved with Villa. If Barry goes it will speak volumes about the true ambitions of the Villa board because it will be their unwillingness to put their money where their mouth is that will drive him out. OK I'm a cynical old man but I've seen it time and time again over the years. I am sure the manager will achieve regardless of the funding he gets, he's very good at his job, but, as GB says, now is the time to spend big if we are really serious about sustained success. I have had almost half a lifetime of Ellis's false promises to the future. No more of that, please. If Barry goes it really will say it all, if what he is reported to have said is to be believed.
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19/04/2008 11:28:00

Anyone seen the latest on the BBC website!!!!! Very interesting,
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19/04/2008 12:12:00

sorry people have heard that an ex villa legend has said its a done deal gb going to the micky mousers it can only be for cham league football because the actually club is in turmoil 'honestly believe if he were to stick with villa he can get champ league football with us depending on who mon brings in in the summer
super lionel martin
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20/04/2008 00:27:00

All heresay no doubt super lionel martin. I wouldn't be surprised if he opted to head for pastures new, but I doubt that even Gareth knows his own mind right now.
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23/04/2008 14:49:00


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