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Barry to decide on future in summer
Published : 30 Mar 2009 22:41:36
And the England player is hoping Villa will reap the benefits of the current international break in their push for a top four place in the Premier League after taking one point from the last five games. Barry, currently preparing for the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine on Wednesday at Wembley, came close to moving to Liverpool last summer. He has only 15 months remaining of his current contract at Villa but is playing a straight bat to any questions about whether his 12-year spell at the club will end in the summer. Barry said: "What happens in the summer if Villa don't finish fourth? These are the sort of negative comments being thrown at me that I'm trying to push away from the whole squad. "My aim is on the eight games to go and I still believe we can finish in the top four. I'm hopeful the rest of my team-mates are too. "The way we've played this season, there's no reason why we can't get enough points from the last eight games to be there or there abouts. "That is all I am focusing on and anything after that, I'll deal with at the end of the season." Villa were six points clear of main rivals Arsenal at the beginning of March but the only point collected from the last 15 was via a home draw with Stoke. Barry said: "The last few weeks at Aston Villa have been very disappointing. Hopefully the international break will do the whole squad good. "Then we can refocus and look to push on in the last eight games. "We're all a bit down considering where we were a month ago, sitting in third or fourth place with a nice gap (over Arsenal). There are a lot of negative comments around at the moment. "But we're only ever one game from turning it all around. It is certainly not a case of throwing the towel in. "It's tough sometimes, playing in a team that's struggling to pick up points. But, like I said, the break will do everyone the world of good including myself - coming away training with different players, a different style of football and a different team." Barry is keen to play Champions League football and believes the experience would make him a better player at international level. He has already come on leaps and bounds under Fabio Capello and will start his 10th successive international if selected against the Ukraine. He said: "I've yet to play in the Champions League. If I'm playing regularly there, hopefully my game can come on and make me a better international player. "International football gives you confidence, being a regular in the England team, when you go back to your club. "You feel a couple of feet taller, knowing you've played for one of the best countries in the world. "That gives you a lot of confidence to go and play in the Premier League again." England v Ukraine. Click here to bet.