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Barry to remain at Villa - agent

Gareth Barry
Barry has played in Villa's opening two Premier League games this season

Gareth Barry will not leave Aston Villa before the end of the current transfer window, according to his agent.

The 27-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, but the Anfield club have been unwilling to meet Villa's 18m valuation.

The midfielder has stated his desire to sign for the Reds, but he has now said he is happy to remain at Villa Park.

"After much speculation, Gareth Barry will not leave Aston Villa," agent Alex Black said in a statement.

Barry was disciplined by Martin O'Neill at the start of the season after criticising the Villa boss, but he has since featured in Villa's opening two Premier League games and also scored in his side's 4-1 win away at FH Hafnarfjordur in the Uefa Cup second qualifying round first leg.

O'Neill keen to add to Villa squad

That appearance means he is ineligible to play for any other club in Europe during the group stages, either in the Uefa Cup or the Champions League.

O'Neill has repeatedly stated his reluctance to sell the England international and speaking ahead of the second leg return at Villa Park he said he remained confident Barry would stay at the club.

see also
Aston Villa v FH Hafnarfjordur
27 Aug 08 |  Europe
Capello admits to Barry concerns
22 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Barry transfer saga riles Benitez
16 Aug 08 |  Liverpool
Benitez drops strong Barry hint
08 Aug 08 |  Aston Villa
Liverpool deny rift about Barry
10 Aug 08 |  Liverpool
Villa facing decision over Barry
13 Aug 08 |  Aston Villa
Barry Uefa Cup role boosts Villa
14 Aug 08 |  Aston Villa
Gerrard wants Barry at Liverpool
30 May 08 |  Liverpool
Barry 'undervalued' by Liverpool
09 May 08 |  Aston Villa
Villa players want Barry to stay
21 Apr 08 |  Aston Villa
Barry to assess future at Villa
19 Apr 08 |  Aston Villa
O'Neill 'desperate' to keep Barry
18 Apr 08 |  Aston Villa

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