Date: 7th June 2008 at 10:31am
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Reports yesterday – which I chose to ignore as they were all way off the mark in my opinion and putting 2+2 from quotes together and making 62 – said that Villa were resigned to letting Gareth Barry go to Liverpool and would accept a poultry £14million for him. The General, in our forum (Click Here), has since poured scorn on the reports.

The Villa director said:

‘I have read the reports. They are NOT true! No deal has been struck AT ALL and certainly not for a ridiculously low price as quoted. We will probably continue to see specious articles…just know that when I know, you all will know. I cannot promise more than that. I will say that the article is not true.’

Meanwhile, in an article by Lisa Smith in The Post, Stan Collymore says Barry will make the right decision but might have to be selfish for once having been a great servant to Villa.

Adding, ‘Villa have never had any problems with Gareth. He has been a great captain and a great player and as long as the club get the right money for him then I don’t think there will be many Villa fans who will begrudge Gareth going if he decides to join Rafa Benitez at Anfield.’

He also says that some fans are resigned to losing Barry but ‘it still wouldn’t surprise me if Martin O’Neill managed to persuade him to stay. There isn’t one other manager in the Premier League who could do that but Martin could. I don’t think it is about money with Gareth. I genuinely don’t. He knows he is highly paid as it is. I think if someone could wave a magic wand and say this time next year that Villa would be in the Champions League, then I think that would be enough of an incentive for him to stay.’

Finishing that with Barry now 27 you can understand why he wants to sample the Champions League and sticking up for his mate says ‘Loyalty of the kind Gareth has shown for the last ten years is rare in these times.’

Can’t argue with that!


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