Agent says Barry will stay at Villa

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Gareth Barry's agent has stated the England midfielder will stay with Aston Villa rather than make a late move before the transfer window closes.

Liverpool have been eager to sign Barry this summer but have been unwilling to match Villa's £18m valuation of the 27-year-old.

Agent Alex Black told Sky Sports News in a statement: "After much speculation I can confirm that Gareth Barry will not leave Aston Villa before the transfer window closes.

"Gareth made the decision to stay two weeks ago and informed Aston Villa of his intentions.

"During this time discussions have taken place to decide the best way forward for all parties.

"Any talks regarding potential new contracts at Aston Villa will not take place until the end of the season.

"Gareth wants to concentrate on playing on the best of his ability for Aston Villa, and we hope this draws a line under the matter."