Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry admits he was surprised by Steven Gerrard's call for Liverpool to sign him last week.

"It was a bit of a surprise to see Steven go so public," Barry said. "It's obviously very flattering the team has made a bid for me, but until the bid gets accepted I can't even think about it.

"I would like things cleared up, the sooner the better. It would be easier for myself and for the fans as well, so I'm sure we can get it done pretty soon. I've got nothing planned with Martin O'Neill, but I'm sure the manager will want to speak to me and I'll eventually want to speak to the manager. That will come soon enough."