Villa boss resigned to losing Chelsea, Liverpool target Barry

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has accepted he's likely to lose Gareth Barry in the summer.

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The Mirror says O'Neill wants to keep Liverpool target Barry, 27, but the star is ready to leave Villa after 10 years for a bigger club and the chance to play Champions League football.

Villa are aware of Liverpool's interest after the Anfield outfit made an enquiry last month about the £14m-rated England midfielder.

Chelsea are also keen but Villa will offer Barry a bumper new deal to improve his £47,000-a-week contract, which has two years left.

O'Neill said: "We will do our utmost to try to keep Gareth - whether we can I don't know."

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