Date: 29th June 2008 at 2:09pm
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It seems that Martin O`Neill hasn`t really spoken to Gareth Barry much, and naturally our club captain has reacted in a graceful, mature and dignified manner as usual.

Actually, no he hasn`t, he`s gone bleating to press.

A “furious” Gareth Barry has now broken off from his summer holiday to speak with the News of the World about the lack of communication between himself and Villa boss Martin O`neill, over the Liverpool transfer saga.

In a move that clearly sets the perfect example of how not to behave as a £40,000 a week footballer, Barry has done some tapping up of himself, whilst at the asme time alienating what few fans were still hanging onto that hope that he`d turn around and commit himself to the Villa Park cause.

It appears that once picked for England, and Rafa Benitez said he was interested, Mr Barry`s head had been turned from regular run-of-the-mill Villa star, to some form of superstar status usually seen by lesser team squad members who have attracted the interest of Chelsea (Ben Haim, Wright Phillips and Steve Sidwell, here`s looking at you kids!)

Barry told the paper:

“It`s seven weeks now since the season finished but while the gaffer`s found time to be a pundit for the BBC at Euro 2008, he hasn`t found the time to speak to me.

“But have Villa offered me anything to try to persuade me my future is at Villa Park not Anfield? Not a thing.”

Why should we offer you anything Gareth? You were already one of the highest paid players in the club and had what could be described as a fairly bog-standard season. You haven`t proved to be that star that your ego seems to have inflated ever since you managed to pick up the captains armband for England, lasting a whopping 20 minutes as Capello & Co. faced the international footballing powerhouses that are Trinidad & Tobago.

“Unfortunately, it`s now too late. It`s all pointless. I want to go and that`s it.”

Good, get your bags packed sunshine, as soon as Liverpool stump up some real cash, you can be on your way. Just don`t dare attempt to claim that you have been “misquoted” by the newspapers eh?