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O'Neill in no rush over Barry future

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is expecting midfielder Gareth Barry to make no decision on his future until after England's two summer internationals.

Barry has only 12 months left on his current deal and has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football - a goal which has eluded Villa this season after fading in the second half of the campaign.

"We have had discussions with Gareth's agent. They have gone very well. They have been very open and amicable and straightforward," said O'Neill. "There are things for the player to consider and for us to think about but I have said to him there is absolutely no need to rush into anything."

The England midfielder looked set to join Liverpool in an £18million move last summer only for the Reds to pull out after being unable to match Villa's asking price.

And O'Neill accepts the former Brighton trainee is unlikely to decide on his plans until after the World Cup qualifying double header with Kazakhstan and Andorra early next month.

He added: "He has this game against Newcastle on Sunday and then the England internationals to look forward to. I'm sure he won't get his head around everything until those two World Cup games are over.

"After he has played in those, then there will be time for proper discussions. We would like him to stay.

"But I also understand, after giving us this extra season, if someone offers him the opportunity to play in the Champions League, that is something he would look at and we would look at."

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