Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday May 29 2008
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.
Our latest poll asks if Barry will be at Villa next season.
Date:Thursday May 29 2008
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