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By ESPN Staff

Gareth Barry signs new four year deal at Villa

Aston Villa skipper Gareth Barry has ended speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract with the midlands club.

Barry, who has made more than 300 first team appearances in the past eight years, was understood to be unsettled after a season of underachievement in 2005-6.

But the 25-year-old, who had two years remaining of his current deal, has committed himself to the club until the summer of 2010.

And the former England Under-21 captain admitted the arrival as manager of Martin O'Neill had played a major part in his decision.

Barry said: 'There has been a lot of speculation about my future. It's been a long few months but I'm glad to get something sorted now and I'm looking forward to the next four years at the club.

'Martin O'Neill's arrival has played a big part in this decision. It is vitally important that this club got the right man, not just for myself but for the club as a whole.

'I definitely feel my best years are yet to come. If you look at players in recent years, you see them playing their best football between the ages of 25 and 30.'