Petrov: Please don't pressurise GB

02 June 2009 11:15
Barry came close to joining Liverpool last summer only for the Reds to stall on meeting Villa's asking price of around £18 million.[LNB]Now the England player, who has one year remaining of his contract, is again the subject of speculation linking him with moneybags Manchester City and Rafael Benitez's Anfield side.[LNB]Villa boss Martin O'Neill does not expect Barry to make a decision until after the World Cup qualifiers with Kazhakstan on Saturday and Andorra on June 10.[LNB]And Petrov said: "I have said many times before just how important Gareth Barry is to this football club.[LNB]"We should give him time to enjoy things because he had a hard time last summer with all the speculation about Liverpool.[LNB]"What he did, in coming back to Villa again and making the fans happy again with his performances this last season, was great.[LNB]"Of course, we all want him to stay but I believe there should be no pressure put on him to make a decision. He will make the decision in his own time."[LNB]Petrov is hoping O'Neill will bring in more players to add to the squad which secured a Europa League spot by finishing sixth in the Premier League.[LNB]He said: "The club is moving in the right direction and it is good to qualify again for Europe.[LNB]"We will take our break for the summer and hopefully we'll have a few good players coming in as well as keeping the good ones we've already got."[LNB][LNB]

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