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It wasn't about money, says Barry.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has claimed his move to the wealthiest club in Britain was not because of money. The former Aston Villa captain moved to Manchester City in a £12 million pound move last month and has come under stick from many people, including Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez claiming the England international only went for ''money,money,money''. But Barry rejected these claims, stating that after talking to City boss Mark Hughes, the move seemed right for him.

''Manchester City had agreed a fee with Aston Villa. Once I'd spoken to the manager, heard the ambition and he told me what the club were aiming for, that suited me''.

Benitez had always been a fan of Barry, and never had an intention of hiding it. The Liverpool boss often made an approach for the midfielder and his interest was widely known. Barry himself was a key figure at Aston Villa. He was their captain and the engine room of the Aston Villa midfield. No doubt Aston Villa fans were upset to see their captain leave especially to a club who finished in a lower position in the league.

It was easy to see why fans all across the country were upset by Barry's move to City, which in my opinion was largely contributed by money, but you have to admit that Man City are a team that are going places fast. Along with Barry, they have signed Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn and most notably Carlos Tevez from Manchester United along with the impending move of Adebayor, which is bound to happen unless A.C Milan make a last ditch offer for the striker. All of these signings, including the players City are reportedly interested in makes City's challenge for a Champions League spot look very impressive. So for me Barry's decision to join City, although upset many of his fans, was the right one for his future.

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