Laursen has sympathy for Barry
By Villa reporter
Friday 19 Jun 2009 11:18:00
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Villa Park favourite Martin Laursen says he can understand why Gareth Barry left Villa Park.

The defender, who has just quit the club himself after injury problems mounted up, said he had sympathy for the position Barry found himself in.

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The 31-year-old said: ‘He's an England international and a very, very good player who has given a lot to the club.

‘Perhaps he thought that he couldn't really bring anything more out of himself, he needed something to stimulate him as a player.’

Laursen also backed Villa boss Martin O'Neill to find a replacement following his retirement. The ex-Denmark international ended his career last month because of a series of serious knee injuries.

He said: ‘I hope that Aston Villa can find someone to play my position and really do well. The club moving forward - that would be the best scenario for me.’

He will now have further surgery on his knee and will work as a pundit for Danish TV on international games and the Champions League.

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