Former England international midfielder Gareth Barry has been tipped for a return to former club Aston Villa, and bookmakers Bet Victor agree, making the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Finalists favourites to sign him with odds of 7/2.

The 37-year-old, who is currently on the books at recently relegated West Bromwich Albion, started his career at Aston Villa, making 365 appearances for the club between the years of 1998 and 2009.

During his 11 years at the Midlands club, Barry scored 41 goals. Gareth Barry left the club in June 2009, joining Manchester City for a fee believed to be in the region of £12 million. Despite originally receiving a lot of criticism for his move, Barry stated that the reason behind the transfer was that he wanted to play in the Champions League, rather than money.

Barry’s time at Manchester City was a huge success, with the Hastings born midfielder winning a number of cup competitions, as well as one Premier League winners medal.

Gareth Barry was loaned out to North West rivals Everton for the 2013/14 season, and signed permanently a year later after Manchester City decided not to renew his contract.

Barry remained at Goodison Park until last summer, when he moved to West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

During his time at the Hawthorns, he become the leading Premier League appearance maker of all time, overtaking Ryan Giggs’ record of 632 on September 25.

Barry’s experience extends beyond just club football, and the 37-year-old played 53 times for England between 2000 and 2012, scoring three goals for his nation, including England’s 2000th international goal.


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