Barry, Villa’s captain, told the News of the World “My mind’s made up, I want to join Liverpool.”
Recently we have seen Villa boss Martin O’Neill happy to discuss, make that rant about, the Barry situation whilst working as a pundit for BBC during Euro 2008, and before that in the press when he wrongly accused Liverpool of leaking the initial bid – something which it was later revealed was leaked from Villa’s end. But Barry hasn’t been impressed; “Villa kept saying they wanted me to stay but I have not heard from the manager for weeks.”
“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.
“Have Villa offered me anything to try to persuade me my future is at Villa Park, not Anfield? Not a thing.”
Barry made it clear where he sees his future; “There’s no going back, it’s time for me to move on. I’m desperate to play Champions League football and that’s why I have to leave Villa.”