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Is The Gareth Barry Saga Over?

Is The Gareth Barry Saga Over?

Not surprisingly I guess, Gareth Barry is once again the talk of the town having effectively cup tied himself in last nights goal scoring appearance in the Uefa Cup game v FH Hafnarfjordur.

Barry now, as I understand it, could not play in the Champions League for Liverpool if he was transferred until the February stages. Some of the press are claiming that Liverpool will now come in with a reduced bid for the former Villa captain (I assume 'former' is correct, the decision lies with Martin O'Neill obviously and lets face it, there isn't a man alive who could second guess the Villa boss!) but that is just pants, we've made it clear all summer what his price is, nothing less will be accepted.

Curtis Davies, who made a welcome return from injury, said after the game:

'We love Gareth, we want him to stay and hopefully he does. We just try to get on with it. If Gareth's there I'm happy. If he's not there one day, I will be disappointed but good luck to him.'

Stiliyan Petrov agrees telling the official site: 'It was great to have Gareth in the side. With all that has been going on, his attitude has been great. You could see that last night. He was working hard as part of the team and he didn't let anyone down. It's good to have Gareth on the team and my point of view is that he's a great player. If he stays here we will welcome him big-time. If he goes away we will miss him big-time because he's a big player and when you have a player like that you try to keep him as long as you can. He's a very good professional and he showed that. It doesn't matter what people write about him - is he going to go or stay - he is motivated. After all these years at Aston Villa he still loves the club and that's good news.'

So what do you think, is this summer long saga now over?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday August 15 2008
Time: 12:11PM


Be lovely to see him being tempted with a new contract now, he was top quality last night and I'm sure if he helps fire us into the top 4-5 even the major Barry doubters will forgive - if not forget?
The Fear
15/08/2008 12:13:00
I think that bottom picture makes him look like he has tiny legs
15/08/2008 12:21:00
Sick of reading about it, sort it out ffs
15/08/2008 12:23:00
If MON were to buy maybe Downing/Milner and RSC we'd look like a really strong unit, that would be the time to offer Baz a new contract and if he were to accept give him back the captaincy. we could really challenge the top 4 then.
15/08/2008 12:29:00
Its been over for nearly a month, Liverpool signed Keane, and havent been back in touch with the club. I think Barry realises that, hence him cup-tieing himself.
15/08/2008 12:33:00
I think he'll stay til January at least now, but really he needs to sign a new contract to win over the villa faithful, even if the contract has some kind of Champions League release clause. Still, Barry might decide to run down his contract for a cut price move next summer.
15/08/2008 12:34:00
If Liverpool even want him next summer.......
15/08/2008 12:37:00
If his price is lower he may tempt Arsenal, or even teams in Spainn or Italy with hs recognised technical ability, especially if he impresses in the World Cup qualifiers this season.
15/08/2008 12:40:00
I'm sick of saying it, when will you lot just believe me when I say Barry Is Going Nowhere!
15/08/2008 12:41:00
GCR, I wish I could share your belief, but Barry's refusal to speak after the match last night suggesthe still wants to leave, or he'd have come out and said "I'm stayind", and n the long term we won't be able to keep a player that wants to leave. Thats how we signed Shorey and Cueller.
15/08/2008 12:47:00
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