Barry to decide on future in the summer

Reports have claimed Barry could be set for a summer switch away from Aston Villa.

Barry was close to joining Liverpool last summer, but the England midfielder has insisted he will stay at Villa should they finish fourth or better in the Premier League.

He said: “What happens in the summer if Villa don’t finish fourth? These are the sort of negative comments being thrown at me that I’m trying to push away from the whole squad.

“My aim is on the eight games to go and I still believe we can finish in the top four. I’m hopeful the rest of my team-mates are too.

“The way we’ve played this season, there’s no reason why we can’t get enough points from the last eight games to be there or there abouts.

“That is all I am focusing on and anything after that, I’ll deal with at the end of the season.”

He added: “The last few weeks at Aston Villa have been very disappointing. Hopefully the international break will do the whole squad good.

“Then we can refocus and look to push on in the last eight games.

“We’re all a bit down considering where we were a month ago, sitting in third or fourth place with a nice gap (over Arsenal). There are a lot of negative comments around at the moment.

“But we’re only ever one game from turning it all around. It is certainly not a case of throwing the towel in.

“It’s tough sometimes, playing in a team that’s struggling to pick up points. But, like I said, the break will do everyone the world of good including myself – coming away training with different players, a different style of football and a different team.”

“I’ve yet to play in the Champions League. If I’m playing regularly there, hopefully my game can come on and make me a better international player,” he continued.

“International football gives you confidence, being a regular in the England team, when you go back to your club.

“You feel a couple of feet taller, knowing you’ve played for one of the best countries in the world.

“That gives you a lot of confidence to go and play in the Premier League again.”