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10th Mar, 2017 | 5:08pm

Premier League midfielder responds when asked about transfer to Aston Villa

By Harvey Byrne

Premier League stalwart and current Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has refused to rule out a return to Aston Villa.

The 36-year-old is coming under some criticism from sections of the Toffees fan base with many believing his best days are behind him.

He is also entering the final year of his contract in the summer and with former club Villa set to play another season in the Championship a step down could be the right move for the former England international.

Barry, who broke through the Aston Villa academy in 1998 before lasting a further 11 years with the Midlands giants remained coy when asked in an interview with the Express and Star about a Villa Park return.

“I do get that asked a lot,” told Barry to the Express and Star. “You never say never but Everton is my sole focus at the moment.

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“I look out for their results all the time. The majority of my friends are from Birmingham and supporting either Villa or Blues.”

Barry starred in 397 matches for Aston Villa, returning with 47 goals and 27 assists.

His time at the club ended when cash-rich Manchester City signed him for a fee of £12million in 2009.

He has gone on to play in 319 encounters for both City and Everton respectively since leaving the Midlands.

Now, Aston Villa currently have January signings Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury occupying the midfield ranks alongside Mile Jedinak.

But, Steve Bruce maybe tempted to add the experience of Barry into the centre of the park.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Villa have agreed this midfielder transfer.

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