Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 4 2008
Gareth Barry has been talking about the summer long transfer tug of war between Aston Villa and Liverpool.
The Villa and England midfielder, who has lost out on his chance for a testimonial and also was stripped of his captaincy, says he has learnt from the experience.
In an article in the Birmingham Mail, he says: 'Ever since I’ve come back to Aston Villa I knew I’d be staying here for this season, and I’ve been fine since that moment. It was just over the summer really. It was quite hard.'
He also says the easy thing for him is playing football but, almost I think, admits he made a gaff talking in an interview saying he wanted a move.
'If I thought a year ago I would be fined two weeks’ wages and not be allowed to train at Bodymoor I would have laughed in your face. The events over the summer are something that I learnt a lot from. If it happens again and you do go down that road you would like to think things would happen differently.'
Admitting after the press talk criticisng MON for being at the World Cup, 'The main thing is I learnt from it. It’s not something I enjoyed so I wouldn’t go down that road again. I didn’t overly enjoy the summer and the way it dragged on. But that’s all in the past now.'
He also says the fans were right to vent their feelings explaining 'they care about Aston Villa so that was fine. It was a difficult situation to deal with because being booed in an Aston Villa shirt is something you don’t really enjoy, but they were within their rights to show their feelings, so I’m not worried about that.'
Adding that he will decide in May what he wants to do although he knows the speculation will continue. He says his situation is no different to most players who consider each contract they sign although he admits he is more high profile than many so ends up in the press more regularly.
Full quotes: Birmingham Mail
Date:Thursday December 4 2008
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