Curtis Davies has insisted there was no chance of Aston Villa selling midfielder Gareth Barry in January and claimed: "It was the worst thing we could ever do."
There has been speculation Villa would look to cash in and sell the 27-year-old next month until he recently pledged his future to the club until at least the end of the season, but central defender Davies is adamant there was never any logical reason why Villa would off-load their former captain midway through the campaign.
Davies told PA Sport: "Am I pleased Gareth is staying? I don't think it was ever an issue. We all knew Gareth was staying anyway."
He added: "If he wasn't allowed to leave Aston Villa and go in the summer, why would we sell him in January when we are in the top five of the Premier League?
"In my opinion, it would be the worst thing we could ever do.
"It is good for Gareth to come out and say he is staying for the fans, so they know he is not going to be running off in January.
"But the main thing is Gareth has been a top player here for many years and, the longer we can keep hold of him, the better we will be for that."
Fellow defender Luke Young echoed Davies' sentiments and said: "We know Gareth is a fantastic footballer for Villa and he is showing it again now.
"He is back to his best and I don't think there were too many lads who felt he was going to be going after Christmas.
"He is here to the end of the season and it will be nice if we can keep hold of him because he is a fantastic footballer."
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