Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill has made it abundantly clear he will not stand by and watch his £12m rated captain leave.
O’Neill is battling to keep skipper Gareth Barry away from Chelsea and Liverpool. “I really have no comment whatsoever to make; there was talk about Chelsea coming in for him, and a manager is usually the last to find out about these things. Gareth has two years on his contract to run, he has a testimonial, and, although I’m not holding anyone to ransom, Gareth is certainly one person we will be sitting down with to discuss a new contract.” (Daily Express)
So will Barry jump ship? Or has he seen enough of O’Neill’s management ability to want to stay and keep pushing Aston Villa upwards? Personally I think he should stay at Villa Park. He has grown and grown over the decade-plus he has been there and now that he can see the growth and potential displayed by the younger players at the club, it would seem foolish to leave.