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Benitez reveals Barry frustration by lfctalk
August 15, 2008, 17:35
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Rafael Benitez has spoken about his disappointment at failing to secure Gareth Barry’s signature this Summer after first declaring his interest in April.

“All talks have been between our chief executive Rick Parry, the owner and the chief executive of Aston Villa,” he said. “The talks have been pretty good.

“So if anyone wants to talk about Barry they must talk with Rick Parry or the chief executive of Aston Villa.”

The Liverpool money men have refused so far to sanction an £18m deal for the midfielder, and now that he is cup-tied from the group stage of the Champions League that figure is likely to be completely out of the window. It has also been reported that Benitez has had conflict with Tom Hicks and George Gillett over this refusal, but Rick Parry has strongly denied this. Benitez did not indicate which of the American’s were involved in talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner regarding the proposed deal.

“I was not involved in the talks about Barry, I was not involved in the talks about Xabi Alonso and Arsenal,” added Benitez, talking about the Spanish star’s protracted move this Summer.

“In this case I want to be very clear. Since I talked to Martin O’Neill about the situation in April, I have not talked to anyone at Aston Villa.

“If you want to talk about these players you must talk to the chief executive of our club who was handling the discussions,” he added.

“Everyone has been talking and it seems that the blame is put on me.

“If you want to talk about players, you talk to Rick Parry. If you want to talk about football, you talk with me.

The failure to sign Barry has left Benitez concerned about the balance of his side. “The squad is better but we now have problems on the left because we have lost John Arne Riise, Harry Kewell and Sebastian Leto,” said Benitez.

“We will see what happens in the future with that situation, but clearly our squad is better.”

Any potential Barry transfer has been complicated by his appearance in Villa’s Uefa Cup tie against FH Hafnarfjordur, which rules him out of playing in the Champions League group stages.


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