Writer: Mike Field
Date:Saturday May 23 2009
Stiliyan Petrov has said that should Barry leave life will go on, but nobody at the club wants to lose a great player.
Speaking to the Express and Star today - they've been busy - our new 4 year contract extensioned Petrov said he hoped that the Villa fans gave Gareth a rousing reception tomorrow against Newcastle as it may be our final goodbye to him.
Barry will lead us out as captain, possibly for the final time, as most believe it is only a matter of time before Liverpool contact the club again with a firm offer to end his 12 year career in claret and blue.
Petrov wants the fans to remember the service Barry has given us over the years and to show our thanks and appreciation as loudly as we can.
"What Gareth has done for this club is phenomenal, he has been great. He should get a great reception whether he leaves or not.
"Sometimes fans have enough of players, but they still love Gareth. They should be happy to have had a player like him and I hope they will still have him next season, he has been immense for 12 years. It`s something that should be appreciated because not many players do that. He has been really loyal.
"We would prefer him to be in our team but the future is down to him. There is definitely life after Gareth, but we would lose a great player."
For those who desire hope that Barry will not leave us, remember Stan said he would have to consider his own future should Barry leave. Many thought that meant he would not sign a new contract unless our Captain's future was secure.
Well Petrov signed....is Barry going to be next?
Date:Saturday May 23 2009
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