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Barry 'Will I Be At Villa Next Season?'

Gareth Barry, subject of a reported £12million bid from Liverpool, which if we believe newspaper reports has been lodged by the Anfield mob and rejected by Villa, has said the decision doesn't lie with him whether he will be at Villa next season.

The Villa captain, who came on as a substitute in the 2-0 England win over the US of A last night setting up a goal for Steven Gerrard with an inch perfect pass, says he wants to concentrate on the job at hand with the international team and then return for more talks. Typical the goal he set up had to be with would-be team mate Steven Gerrard! By all accounts Barry played a blinder with the BBC pundits agreeing his role was far more influential than Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard who always seems to fail to play alongside Gerrard.

Barry told the official site:

'Will I be at Villa next season? That is something I've been speaking to the manager and chairman about. We've already had one meeting. My idea was to get these two games out of the way and I am sure we will be speaking again soon.'

Adding, 'Any sort of interest by a big club is flattering but I am still an Aston Villa player, I've got two years left of my contract and until some sort of bid is accepted, or the manager tells me otherwise, there is no decision to make. No decision has been made because no bid has been accepted.'

Not exactly the 'I'm going nowhere' statement we wanted. I would expect Liverpool to follow up their interest, I guess the decision lies with Martin O'Neill at what stage - if any - the price becomes too good to refuse for a player with just two years left on his contract. He has been offered a new deal at Villa but obviously, the decision as to whether he takes that offer up remains with the player and more worryingly, his agent!

On the game last night Barry said he was disappointed not to have started 'You want to start every game,' adding, 'We all know the manager is trying and looking at different things so I am not too upset. Hopefully I can go across to Trinidad and play some more minutes over there. It was nice to get involved straight away, get involved with the goal, so overall I was not too disappointed with not starting the game.'

I was told the other day that Barry stands a chance of being made captain for the Trinidad and Tobago friendly, time will tell I guess! He certainly didn't let himself down last night, then again, when does he ever? Lets hope this situation is resolved very quickly, the last thing anyone at Villa needs is for this saga to rumble on throughout the summer.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 29 2008

Time: 8:38AM

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What a cop out, he's passing any potential blamecompletley onto the club, well, attempting to.
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29/05/2008 08:48:00

Somehow we have got to hold on to him this summer and WIN something next season.
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29/05/2008 08:53:00

how many times have we heard this? 'Any sort of interest by a big club is flattering but I am still an Aston Villa player" sounds like he wants to go to me, we only ever see this statement before a player gets transfered. (gutted)
Astonian Villan
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29/05/2008 08:56:00

I agree Murph. Come on Gareth. You're either with us, or you're not. We accept nothing less than 100% at AVFC. History Schmistory. I don't care how long anyone has been at the club.
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29/05/2008 08:57:00

GB could be our biggest signing this transfer window if he agrees a new deal, but after waitng so long for him to speak, his comments don't fill me with confidence.
Mister Mick
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29/05/2008 08:58:00

In that case I don't understand why Barry needs to sit down and discuss anything if Villa have not accepted a bid.
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29/05/2008 09:06:00

From what I can see Villa need to win something next year be that a domestic cup, the UEFA cup or finish 4th, any of those things would convince Barry to sign a new deal at the end of next season. Ball is in MON's court. If MON is the big name manager we all think he is, then he should have no problem convincing our big name players to stay. *gulp*
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29/05/2008 09:11:00

GB isn't the highest earner in the prem yet he is in the highest perforners. look at Man Spew they reward their players with new contracts all the time. If he does stay we def don't want to be in a position where he only has 1 year left on contract and can start thinking about going on a free or cut price bargain.
Mister Mick
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29/05/2008 09:18:00

I will hate liverpool more than the scum in small heath if they land barry
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29/05/2008 09:47:00

it doesnt sound good, its like inviting another bid
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29/05/2008 10:43:00

It's a tough decision for him, so it's no wonder that he's on the fence. And these statements are always pre-prepared so it's not as if he's speaking from the heart. He said he wanted evidence that the club was really going to push on, and there's no concrete evidence of that yet. That's what some of the talking will be about . It is no better than 50/50 for him to stay but it's not over yet.
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29/05/2008 10:44:00

Listened to him on Sky Sports News this morning and I have to say he did not look like a man really wanting to stay, he seemed to be distancing himself from any decision, which is right so the club just need to say decision made you are under contract, you go nowhere unless we feel the time is right for the good of Aston Villa. Now Redscouse up the bid to £20m and the club might, just might be interested, until then sod off.... there simple, I hear there is a vacancy for a CEO... I reckon I am that man Randy my mobile is 07779.......
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29/05/2008 13:04:00

Yep, all he will have seen so far is 4 players leaving and a couple more sold / about to go. Hardly heartening stuff for us fans is it, yet alone for the club captain who wants to see us show some ambition in the market.
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29/05/2008 13:07:00

Bang! Ouch! Bang! Ouch! Bang! Ouch! That's me banging my head against a brick wall. Thought we were serious about building something here.
Mister Mick
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29/05/2008 13:17:00

Trouble is Mister Mick, if a player or his agent decides they want to move, we all know the power is with the player now. As much as we can make Barry see out his contract and play hard ball, it never really pays off does it? No one player is bigger than the club but I must admit, I hope he stays, if not, we need to get top dollar!
The Fear
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29/05/2008 13:55:00

Mr. O'Neill, NOW is the time to start working your magic which has been so talked about. I trust you Martin, and I have every faith in you. Here is your chance to become the next Brian Clough, I know you will take us all the way, with or without Gareth. And Gaz, as much as I love you mate and hope you'll stay, i'll be singing "You should've stayed with a big club" next season if you go. Your England career is back because of how you play for US - and because of MON. You know that deep down. I know you read these comments and I can tell you that NO ONE at Liverpool will love you as much as us. Period.
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30/05/2008 03:17:00

I haven't changed my view on this since the day the story first broke. I will be amazed, stunned in fact, if Gareth remains at Villa Park next season. He's off.
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02/06/2008 01:24:00

I hope the guy stays, it will be a big blow for many reasons if he does move on, but if he decides that his future lies elsewhere, then he'll move on, and so will we. As long as MON does his job in the transfer window, I have every belief that we'll kick off in August, a much stronger squad than the one we had that finished the last campaign. With or without Gareth Barry!
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02/06/2008 01:27:00


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