Well in the transfer story that won’t end, and no I’m not talking about the Portuguese Olympic diving team captain Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Barry has come out and had some rather scathing remarks about his current and longtime employers Aston Villa. His opinions of Martin O’Neill were no more positive.
“Villa kept saying they wanted me to stay but I have not heard from the manager for weeks.”
“It’s seven weeks now since the season finished but while the gaffer’s found time to be a pundit for the BBC at Euro 2008, he hasn’t found the time to speak to me.
“Have Villa offered me anything to try to persuade me my future is at Villa Park, not Anfield? Not a thing.”
“There’s no going back, it’s time for me to move on. I’m desperate to play Champions League football and that’s why I have to leave Villa.”
It looks as though he has fired the shot we were probably waiting for all along. After the initial leak reports and MON exploding about it to the press, it has been fairly inevitable that we wouldn’t cave to Villa’s demands and this would get ugly. I certainly hope he makes his way over here after all this, as we have all but ripped their Gerrard straight from their arms.