Barry wants to sort future soon

England midfielder Gareth Barry wants his future at Aston Villa sorted out now rather than have the situation drag on over the summer.

The 27-year-old is wanted by Liverpool but Villa have been angered by the public pursuit of the former Brighton player.

Barry said: “I would like things cleared up. The sooner the better, it would be easier for myself and for the fans as well, so I’m sure we can get it done pretty soon.

“I’ve got nothing planned with Martin O’Neill but I’m sure the manager will want to speak to me and I’ll eventually want to speak to the manager. That will come soon enough.

“It’s obviously very flattering, the team has made a bid for me but until the bid gets accepted I can’t even think about it.”

Barry has established himself as a regular in the England squad and would relish the chance to play Champions League football.

“Champions League football helps any player,” he said. “You only have to look at the England squad to see the amount of players who get in the squad and start the games – the majority play in the Champions League.

“That’s all about the decision that will have to be made by myself. Liverpool are in the Champions League and Villa are trying to push for that. That’s all part of my decision if a bid gets accepted.

“Just to think about it makes it a tough decision. There’s so much to lose at Aston Villa. I’ve been there for 10 years, got a good rapport with the fans, I’m captain [and have a] great relationship with the manager.”

At England level, Barry was given the captain’s armband for the second half of the 3-0 win in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Getting the armband was a great moment for myself, to wear it for the half,” he said. “It will give me a lot of confidence going into next season, it was a perfect way to finish the season.

“If you were to lead the team out from the beginning, then I could have looked at it a different way. But it was still a great feeling just to do it for the second half.”

Barry also revealed England’s Italian manager Fabio Capello is getting his message across clearly.

“There’s a bit of banter there and I’m sure there’ll be more the more English he has,” he said.

“He’s very relaxed. He’s known from the outside as quite a strict character but he picks his moments at the right times to have a joke.”

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