Martin O'Neill has told Sky Sports News that he won't be paying any attention to the press talk about Villa and England midfielder Gareth Barry saying the situation remains the same, the player is wanting to wait until the season is over before looking at contracts and possible moves.
MON also says the situation isn't like last year, he knew it would arise this summer and so it isn't an issue for him.
He also says of the tug of war between Villa and Liverpool last summer, 'I'm not bothered. From the experience of last year I don't think that will materialise.I really have not got an issue with any of this here come the end of the season.'
He also says he is pleased with how Barry knuckled back down after the move didn't materialise and warns that the player might not get the same role elsewhere:
'Gareth has played very, very well indeed. He gets a freedom to play that might not be afforded in other places.'
Is he on his way do you think? It all depends on who come in for him surely? Will he really be happy going to Liverpool in order to be a utility player and do they have the money with trouble their owners seem to be in debt wise? Should be an interesting summer as per usual!
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