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Gareth Barry Has Learnt From The Summer

Gareth Barry Has Learnt From The Summer

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

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 4 2008
Time: 5:35PM


the silly face image is from the Blues game. What was the score again, I forget now!
The Fear
04/12/2008 17:48:00
i have to say you lot forgave him pretty quickly. i think he is a class player but didnt want him to join us after what he said, i now think he is a disrespectful little so and so..... after what you lot have done for him..... well thats over with now good luck for the rest of the season just not against us ;)
04/12/2008 18:52:00
Am impressed by the quotes from him. Still think he is trying to live up to a price tag by playing flash passes and generally doing things he wouldn't have bothered with last season. Would prefer him to be playing simple football, making a mockery of the idea of defensive or attacking midfielders by showing all that a midfielder can do everything not just one aspect of the game.
04/12/2008 19:28:00
I auppose I can't blame Mr Barry for his position, he's definitely looking out for number 1. As we all do. The sad shame is, it shows that despite the long service, Villa isn't in his heart. That's the impression I get when I read these statements. As for having a "hard summer", I can't say I have any pity for him. He made his bed, and quite frankly I thnk the Villa faithful have been exceptionally forgiving and perhaps that's for the best. _________________________________________________________________ I personally want him to stay and end his career at Villa with some serious honours. What I will say though is that his Villa career will forever be tainted by last summer's revelations, and the famous "I can't play for THEM any more" statement.
05/12/2008 10:59:00
PS it was 5-1. That's \ONE/ \TWO/ \THREE/ \FOUR/ \FIVE/ _________________________________________________________________ \ONE/ :-)
05/12/2008 11:00:00
Some people will never learn , you cant cross Martin O'Niell and expect to get away with it. And where di these lines come from? ________________________________________________________________
05/12/2008 12:06:00
Like a lot of Villans, I have quite a bit of sympathy for Gareth over the whole affair. O.K., it was handled badly, o.k., it dragged on and on, and o.k., Gareth should never have made public his views about MON., but having said all that, a quality player who has given his all for the claret and blue cause, only wanted to move on to better himself. Is that so wrong?
10/12/2008 16:38:00
I'm delighted though that he's still with us, and will be with us until seasons end at the very least. Hopefully during the summer of 2009, MON can weave his magic and get Gareth to commit to an extended long term deal, keeping him here at B6, where he's both loved and revered.
10/12/2008 16:40:00
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