Barry joins City revolution

By: Ian Hart 29th June 2009

England midfielder Gareth Barry has completed a £12m move to Manchester City

Gareth Barry became the first big-mover of the transfer window and at the same time the first acquisition of what could be a busy summer for Manchester City.

The former Aston Villa captain signed a five-year contract at Eastlands and will give Mark Hughes' side some welcome Premier League experience.

Barry spent 12 years at Villa Park after transferring from Brighton as a youth in 1997.

He made over 360 appearances for the club scoring 41 goals in the process and was loved by the fans for his consistency and ability to retain possession, often choosing to play the simple pass rather than risk giving the ball away.

In his time at Villa he racked up over 280 Fantasy League points and is currently in his career best form having been recalled to the international set-up two years ago.

He is now a regular in the England midfield giving Fabio Capello, allowing the flair players more room to play.

The Hastings born midfielder scored 33 FL points last term, just short of his career best of 49 which he scored the previous season.

Judging by the money spent on him Barry will expect to start regularly and should he do so then more FL points could be on the way.


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  • James

    9 years ago
    Money or trophies?

    Now they're after our Joleon Lescott.

  • 9 years ago
    Re: Money or trophies?

    Money isn't everything, heard that Eto'o had turned down a massive wage packet. Actually probably has more to do with the weather in Barcelona and the fact that he can leave on a free next season, but would be nice to think that ALL players aren't greedy primadonnas.

  • Mark Tinklin

    9 years ago

    Eto'o is a strange one. Barcelona offered him a new contract and then tried to get some of Man City's euros. Who can you trust in football these days? Certainly not Gareth Barry!