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Barry ready for Reds by lfctalk
August 30, 2008, 15:02
Filed under: News

Gareth Barry has insisted that he is mentally ready to face suitors Liverpool on Sunday afternoon after a Summer long transfer saga that failed to see the midfielder move to Anfield.

He said: “Will Sunday be strange? I am 100% for Villa. That’s all I’ll be doing. That won’t be strange at all.

“I’ve spoken to the manager and I’ve no problem giving 100% for Aston Villa – and that will be starting against Liverpool on Sunday.

“Will the fans all be behind me? All I can do is give 100% for the club. That is all the fans will want to see anyway. I am sure that will be enough.”

Barry has two years remaining on his deal with Villa, but he is not prepared to look beyond that at the moment.

“It has been a long summer,” he admitted. “There was continuous speculation but I feel I am strong enough mentally and I’ll be fine with it all now.

“Am I here for the long haul? I always take things a season at a time. This speculation happened at the end of last season and it has been decided I’ll be staying at Villa.

“I’ll take this season now, concentrate on that and hopefully we can improve on last season.

“Do I feel hung out to dry over what has happened? That is what the football business is all about. I am contracted to Villa. They set a fee and it wasn’t matched. Rules are rules.”

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