Date: 21st November 2008 at 5:52pm
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I’m not saying I told you so, but I told you so! Gareth Barry said at the end of the last transfer window that he would be at Villa for the season and would not talk about a contract or look at talks for a move away from Villa until the following summer.

He has now backed that statement up on. Setanta

In a move that will hopefully kill the obvious newspaper links to Liverpool for our former captain, Barry said on the Friday Football Show:

‘I made a statement to say that I’ll spend this season with Aston Villa and hopefully we can achieve the things I want to achieve in my career. I’m 28 early next year so, as you say, years will be slowly running out so hopefully this will be a big year for Aston Villa and we’ll see what could happen in the summer. I’m looking no further than trying to get Aston Villa into the Champions League. I think it would be wrong for me to sit here and be looking elsewhere.’



He also added about the fans reaction to him following the summer long saga: ‘My relationship has always been good with fans. Obviously what went on in the summer will probably never be forgotten with certain fans but, as I’ve said, I’ve not got a problem with that.’

Good, the last thing we needed was more unsettling reports in the press throughout January. Hopefully we can bring players in to match Barry’s ambitions and maybe grab a place in the Champions League, then he’s no need to think of moving anyway!

Be interesting to see which paper prints a ‘Barry wants out in January’ story first!