Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is confident that
club owner Randy Lerner will not be tempted to cash in on midfielder Gareth
Barry in the January transfer window.
The 27-year-old England international has vowed not
to leave Villa Park before next summer at the earliest, with O'Neill
comfortable to leave the situation as it is for the time being.
He said: "Gareth
can buy himself out of his final year. I understand that, but it has never been
a major issue with the owner of the football club.
has been no pressure from the owner to cash in. He has never mentioned it to
never entered his head. You accept people's value gets less as the contract
runs down, but it has never entered his head. He is happy to hear the news that
Gareth is staying."
O'Neil went on to say about former Villa skipper
Barry: "Gareth and myself have had a
wee chat and he wants to put all the speculation aside.
is going to see it out here until the summer – at least – see where we all are
positioned at that time and so any speculation in January will be purely that.
I might not have been completely sure about what might happen in January
because it is a window, a time where transfer speculation is rife.
I am so pleased Gareth wants to leave it to summer."