Date: 30th October 2007 at 12:33pm
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Yet another sign that Gareth Barry won’t be going to Chelsea hopefully as the official site have announced that the Villa skipper will be handed a testimonial as he nears 10 years at Villa.

Barry is only 26 and yet has reached the milestone of 300 Premier League games for Villa making him the youngest player to manage that. He moved from Brighton whilst John Gregory was manager and has since seen three other managers Graham Taylor and David O’Leary along with the current boss Martin O’Neill obviously.

The Villa boss told ‘I think the testimonial is there in principle for him. At the end of the season he will be in his tenth year and I think that’s something that his committee are looking at sorting out. It’s amazing when you think he’s still only 26.’ Adding the best is yet to come and ‘It’s rare that you see players at one club for so long in this day and age.’

Must admit I’m not a great one for testimonials as the players get very well paid these days but this is one testimonial game I would happily attend, assuming some of it goes to charity obviously, as he really has put in the service and at times carried the team. I’ve said it a 1000 times but I am sure if not for him in David O’Leary’s last season we’d have been relegated because when other players went missing Barry got stuck in.


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