Davies hopes for Barry stay
Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has urged captain Gareth Barry to resist the overtures of Liverpool.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 31/05/08 9:37pm
Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has urged captain Gareth Barry to resist the overtures of Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez confirmed his interest in the England international before the end of the season, but Martin O'Neill rejected their offer out of hand.
Anfield midfielder Steven Gerrard added his voice to the debate when he admitted he was 'desperate' to play alongside Barry at club level.
But Davies remains hopeful that the talented midfielder, who is under contract for the next two years, will elect to remain in the Midlands.
He told Sky Sports News: "I hope his future is at Aston Villa. We've just got into Europe and we need players like Gareth Barry to push us on.
"I've never heard from Gareth directly that he wants to leave. Whatever happens will be down to the clubs and to Gareth, but I just hope that he does stay.
"Steven Gerrard's obviously been asked the question would he like to play with Gareth Barry, and like any player he has said yes, because Gareth is a top-quality player.
"Gareth has his own mind and is his own player and he will make his own decisions."
Davies is still working his way back to full fitness after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Arsenal in March.
The centre-back has set his sights on a return to action in September, and continues to make good progress in his recovery.
He added: "It's coming along well, I've just started running properly now. I was on the trampoline before, but now I can actually run on the treadmill.
"There's still a long way to go, but I'm hoping to come back for September."