Many Villa fans have wished for Steve Bruce to make a move for the former the former Villa captain but the Liverpool Echo are reporting that Gareth Barry is staying put at Goodison Park.
The Everton midfielder has been strongly linked with a move back to Villa Park but the reports from Merseyside are claiming that Ronald Koeman has no intention of selling him.
At the age of 36, Barry isn’t guaranteed a starting XI place every game but with The Toffees now being back in Europe, the Englishman is expected to still feature regularly.
Koeman holds Barry in high regards after praising him earlier in the season: “He is one of the best players I have managed in my teams because the cleverness of him in football is really of a high quality.
“If the team is compact and you don’t need to run a lot in distance he can press and win tackles and he is aggressive and he was in the box today.”
The former Villa and Brighton player is only five games off equaling Ryan Giggs’ record of playing in 632 Premier League games making 365 for the Claret and Blues.
Villa signed Barry from Brighton and Hove Albion in 1997 and went on to become Villa’s captain and scoring 41 goals. He then went on and won the league with Manchester City after signing for them in 2009.
Would you like to see him in Claret and Blue again before he retires?