Aston Villa have rejected Manchester City’s offer to take their former skipper Gareth Barry back on loan, reported the Daily Mirror. The Englishman is not a part of new coach Manuel Pelligrini’s plans for the next season and the Sky Blues are looking to part ways with Barry on a temporary basis if a permanent sale cannot be arranged for.
An Arsenal target earlier in the summer, Barry played a crucial part in Mancini’s Manchester City but following the dismissal of the Italian coach, the 32 year old’s future always looked in doubt, and now it looks like Barry’s Etihad dreams are all but over.
However, Villa Park will not be his next destination as Aston Villa have refused to take back the player who was once the pride and joy of the Villans but later fell out badly with the club and its fans for demanding a move away from the club.
The midfielder has now played 16 seasons in the English top flight, amassing almost 500 appearances in the league, the majority of which were in the Claret and Blue where he spent 12 full seasons since making his debut at the age of 17.
Then in the summer of 2009, he joined the Manchester City project and featured in 175 games in total for the Citizens, scoring 8 goals.