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Dear Gareth...

Louisa Compton | 16:53 UK time, Wednesday, 3 June 2009

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Gareth Barry's written a letter to Aston Villa fans to explain his decision to join Manchester City. The letter in today's Birmingham Mail, says he was fearful of "going stale and falling into a comfort zone". We asked you to write your own letter of reply to Gareth Barry. Villa fan Ian Robathan took up the challenge with relish......

Dear Gareth,

I read your parting note in the mail and I am touched by the fake sincerity of the note.

We knew last summer and you told us in the News of the World that you were were parting due to a deep desire to play in the champions league. We did not like this but accepted the pull of a club like Liverpool.

However you stayed, but somehow we knew your heart was set on Mersey ide to play with your best mate Stevie G we accepted you would leave us in the summer. However it is a mighty shock to see you depart for a team 4 places lower than us and not even in Europe. You are edging towards 30 now, it is unlikely that you get CL within two years, therefore we can only conclude that you see the £ signs and decided it was time to go.

I hope you enjoy the hot reception to Villa Park next season because on £100k a week I doubt you care as you should do and we do.

Regards,

Ian Robathan

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