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Gareth Barry is holding talks with Manchester City

Apparently Champions League football is no longer a necessity

Gareth Barry celebrates after scoring a penalty

Aston Villa have taken the unusual step of confirming in a one-line story on their website that they have given captain Gareth Barry permission to speak with Manchester City.

A move would represent a big change in outlook for the England international, who said last summer:

“I’m desperate to play Champions League football and that’s why I have to leave Villa.”

Considering Manchester City failed to qualify for even the Europa League, it makes little sense for Barry to leave a top-four chasing club where he is one of the first names on the teamsheet for another who finished tenth last season and already have plenty of midfield quality.

The Spoiler would therefore suggest that Barry is either a) motivated more by money than the desire to play in the Champions League ahead of the World Cup next summer or b) trying to force Arsenal or Liverpool to act.

Let us know whether you think Barry should move to Eastlands – or if he’ll even fit in there – with a comment below.


6 responses so far
  • RIPON // June 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Why the hell dose he want to go to man city. Is stupid? why dosen’t he come to ARSENAL. we need a player like him and he can play full time for Arsenal.

  • RIPON // June 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    We need you please tell mr.wenger to buy him please !!!

  • McRib // June 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Barry signing for Man City gives me more hope that Alonso will be staying at Liverpool

  • George // June 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    he’s an absolute fool if he joins city

  • Tom // June 2, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    he is having his medical at city so it appears that personal details have been ironed out and a price has been agreed.

    barry never seemed like a man after money, i believed he was leaving villa to play in europe.

    now he going to a team that finished below villa….. all i can think of is greed.

  • Gareth Barry // June 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I have signed for City now.. looking forward to the millions rolling in.. have I sold my soul to the Arabs?? you betcha

    can’t wait for us to sign more rentboys.. we can all join up with the Chelsea boys for a massive rentboy convention..

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