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O'Neill keen for Barry talks
15 Apr 2008 - 17:39:42
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is eager to sit down with Gareth Barry and discuss a new contract after his skipper was linked with moves to Chelsea and Liverpool.
The England midfielder has been linked with a move to Anfield just days after reports suggested Chelsea were set to renew their interest which originally surfaced last summer.
But after another impressive season at the heart of the midfield, O'Neill is desperate to keep his 27-year-old skipper at Villa Park.
"Gareth Barry has played brilliantly this season. There has been talk about Chelsea coming in, but who knows? A manager is usually the last one to find out about events," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"What I do know is that all your good players are in the limelight and if they continue to be in the limelight you never know what could happen.
"We are trying to keep our best players otherwise it is a pointless exercise.
"Gareth Barry has two years left on his contract and there's a testimonial we want to do for him.
"Gareth is certainly one person we will want to sit down to talk to about a new contract.
"We would love to keep him here. He was unsettled two years ago when I came and said 'let's see how things go'.
"He is now playing some of his best football.
"Until you actually sit down with people you don't know, but we will do everything we can to keep hold of people."