Date: 3rd February 2009 at 9:59am
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Gareth Barry has told The Mirror that he has put the summer transfer saga to Liverpool behind him.

Rafa Benitez made a very public pursuit of the player during the summer, and after Barry spoke of his desire to leave the Villa, Martin O’Neill stripped him of the captaincy, suspended him for two weeks and even fined him.

But Barry has revealed that is happy at the club and wants to push on at Villa.

‘The Liverpool thing seems a few years ago now, me and the manager are both professional people who want the best for Villa and my relationship with the manager is very good.’

‘It can go through your head what others have done to get away from a club, but that was just not the reputation I would have wanted. Now I have got the armband back and everyone knows I enjoy captaining Villa.’

‘It can raise your game but I know Martin Laursen is still the club captain and if we win a trophy this season, that will be more than enough for me.’

Speaking about Wednesday’s FA Cup game against Doncaster Rovers, he added ‘The FA Cup is probably our best chance of silverware this season’.

All is forgiven Gareth, now win us some silverware and break Charlie Aitken’s appearances record!!!!