Ex-Aston Villa star Gareth Barry relishing return to 'fantastic' Villa Park this weekend

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry faces former club Aston Villa this weekend.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has told the club's official website that he is looking forward to facing former club Aston Villa this weekend.

Barry, 34, has been a regular at Everton for the last two seasons having joined from Manchester City, but it was Aston Villa who he made his name with.

The holding midfielder joined Villa as a 16-year-old from Brighton and Hove Albion, making his first-team debut at just 17, originally as a defender.

Garry eventually ended up playing at left back, left midfield and in central midfield for Villa, becoming a mainstay of the side for over ten years, as well as becoming club captain too.

However, his stay at Villa Park turned sour in 2008 after he told The Telegraph that he wanted to leave in order to join Liverpool, and a year later he did leave Villa, but to Manchester City instead.

Fans have labelled him 'Judas' [pictured above] ever since, and he has previously been booed by sections of the Villa Park faithful for the manner of his departure.

Now set to return to Villa Park again this weekend as an Everton player, Barry told the Toffees' official website that he's actually looking forward to facing his former club.

"I always enjoying going back [to Villa Park]," he added. "It's a fantastic stadium, I had some great times there - a good 10 to 12 years - so I always look forward to going and playing there and I'm expecting a good game."

Enough time has passed whereby the reaction from Villa fans won't be as vicious as five years ago, but supporters will still be keen to get a win over Barry and Everton as Tim Sherwood's men seek Premier League survival.

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