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O'Neill set to include Barry

14 Aug 2008 - 10:49:52

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has praised the attitude of midfielder Gareth Barry, who now looks set to remain with the Midlands club next season.

The 27-year-old England international had seemed certain to join Liverpool, earlier this summer, but the Reds' interest looks to have cooled due to concerns over Villa's £18million valuation of Barry.

The player has travelled to Iceland for the UEFA Cup qualifier against FH Hafnarfjordur and O'Neill is set to include Barry in his matchday squad.

O'Neill said: "Last week he was more than unsettled, but he has said he's absolutely right. He's ready to play and he wanted to come and join us.

"That's particularly pleasing. I shall speak to him before the game, but what was very encouraging was that he wanted to come.

"If players are mentally right and they are really good players and Gareth Barry is a really good player, then I wouldn't have any hesitation in picking him.

"He's right to play and it's terrific news for us.

"I don't know if this puts an end to it, because every time we think that we have put an end to it, it seems we start it all off again."


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