Villa warn Blues off Barry bid

11 April 2008 08:54
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has warned Chelsea that versatile midfielder Gareth Barry is not for sale. Barry, 27, has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge since reports surfaced off interest in the England midfielder last summer. But O'Neill has no intention of selling his club captain to the London club even if they decide to make a formal approach. "I don't know where these stories come from. Gareth has another two years on his contract," he told the Birmingham Mail "He's been linked with Chelsea for about two seasons, but no-one from Chelsea has ever contacted me about him and they have had a couple of managers and the same chief executive during that time." Meanwhile, Gabriel Agbonlahor claims his recent barren spell did not affect his confidence. The England Under-21 forward ended a 12-game wait for a goal after finding the net in last weekend's 4-0 rout of Bolton Wanderers. "It was pleasing to get the goal last weekend but, as long as I was doing other things for the team, it didn't really matter who scored the goals," he said. "The lack of goals had not been worrying me at all. I knew they would come. "It was a matter of being patient and not letting your head drop. It has not affected my confidence. I really mean that."

Source: ESA