Barry plans O'Neill talks

Villa skipper eager to learn club's summer plans

Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry is seeking talks with manager Martin O'Neill over the club's summer transfer plans.

Barry has been linked with a move away from the Midlands outfit and is keen to learn if the club's ambition matches his own.

The England midfielder believes the current Villa Park squad will need a number of new additions with several players set to move on at the end of the season.


Barry, who will lead the side in Sunday's derby clash with visiting Birmingham, said: "Does the squad need massive additions? I think it probably does especially if you look at the players who are probably going to be leaving.

"The squad is pretty low in numbers at the moment - and you see the likes of Olof Mellberg, a great international player, leaving the club.

"There are a couple more out of contract (Thomas Sorensen and Patrik Berger) that are going to be moving on. That is going to leave us even thinner in terms of numbers.

"I would have thought the manager was looking at a lot of numbers coming in and not just any old numbers but quality numbers to add to the ones we've already got here."

"Is that what I want to talk to Martin O'Neill about? Yes, it would be. I assume it would have been discussed anyway.

"I would have been talking to him anyway as captain, to see where the club is heading and what we've achieved this year and what we want to achieve next year. Things like that will be spoken about."


Barry, who has two years left on his current deal, wants to secure some silverware as he approaches a key stage in his career.

He added: "I have to look at myself now and be selfish in what I want to do. I'm 27, and the next two or three years will be the peak of my career.

"I think I can still improve on my game. It's going to be a selfish situation and those questions (to O'Neill) need to be asked.

"You can never guarantee winning medals. If you move to a top four club or stay here, nothing can be guaranteed.

"But what you want is to hear that the club are doing the right things to try and achieve that."