According to The Metro, Aston Villa have declined the chance to resign their former skipper, Gareth Barry.
New Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that Barry does not feature in his plans for the club, and will allow the England international to leave this summer, should the right offer come in.
Barry was captain at Villa Park, and something of a local folk hero before his unceremonious exit to City following months of protesting in a bid to force a move to Liverpool.
It is thought the midfielder is searching for first-team football in a bid to stay in Roy Hodgson's plans for England's World Cup 2014 campaign, but Villa are not interested in re-signing the 32-year-old.
Earlier on this summer Barry was linked with a move away from the Etihad, and seemed comfortable with the prospect of leaving.
"I haven't heard anything about a new deal from the club, so it looks as though my contract will run out next summer and I'll have to take it from there," said Barry to reporters.
"The manager has spoken to me. He told me that he sees a place for me in his squad as he wants two quality players in every position.
"I've got to admit that, with Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia and now Fernandinho in the squad, it's going to be tough for anyone to nail down a position in central midfield. I'm a bit disappointed that there's been no offer, but I haven't got myself too down about it."
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