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Wednesday 09 July 2014

Everton complete permanent signing of Gareth Barry

33-year-old midfielder agrees three-year deal with Goodison Park club

  • Barry cited Everton manager Roberto Martinez as a major factor in his decision to sign

  • Martinez believes Barry's off-the-pitch influence will help nurture a young squad

  • Barry has made 529 BPL appearances and helped Everton finish in fifth place last season

Everton have completed the permanent transfer of Gareth Barry. The 33-year-old, who played at Goodison Park on loan from Manchester City last season, has signed a three-year deal.

The former England midfielder, who has won 53 caps, became only the 10th player to reach 500 Barclays Premier League appearances in October last year, and took his top-flight goal-tally to 50 by scoring three times in 2013/14 to help Roberto Martinez's team finish fifth in the table with a club-record points haul of 72 in the competition.

"There is a fantastic history here and it was brilliant working with the manager – I have learned so much from him"
Gareth Barry

Barry cited the influence of Martinez in helping him last season and making the deal permanent. "There is a fantastic history here and it was brilliant working with the manager," he told evertonfc.com. "I have learned so much from him.

"It is a great set of players and the fans were fantastic last year - just everything about Everton feels right. The training ground, the facilities, the history - there is so much that is positive about the club."

Barry, who has racked up 529 BPL appearances in total, will join up with most of Everton's first-team squad when they report to the Finch Farm training ground for the start of pre-season training on Thursday.

Martinez expressed his delight at signing a "model professional".

"He sets high standards in everything he does and that is the perfect model you want for your young players," the Everton manager said. "And add to that his experience on the football pitch and knowing how to win big games. He has that winning mentality and it is something I am delighted to bring into the side on a permanent basis.

"It was not just about what he brings with his own performances, which are of the highest level, it is the influence he has with the other players. We have got a very talented group of young footballers with big roles in the team already but you need direction and good guidance and leaders - Gareth fits into that group. "

Gareth Barry career stats over last 11 seasons
Season
Team
P
Goals
Assists
Passes
Duels
Tackles
Blocks
2013/14 Everton
32
3
4
2,155
340
86
17
2012/13 Man City
31
1
2
1,823
276
64
6

2011/12

Man City 34
1
3
2,188
301
85
11

2010/11

Man City 33
2
2
1,778 301
89 20

2009/10

Man City 34 2
7
1,772 423
113
8

2008/09

Man City 38 5
7
1,626 456
120
12

2007/08

Aston Villa
37 9
10
1,457 458
100
11

2006/07

Aston Villa 35 8
4
1,414 382
87
8

2005/06

Aston Villa 36 3
2
1,229 361
122
6

2004/05

Aston Villa 34 7
1
1,135 254
83
10

2003/04

Aston Villa 36 3
8
1,183 279
96
7

Everton's first pre-season match is away to local team Tranmere Rovers on 22 July. For all their pre-season friendlies click here >>

The Blues open their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign away to Leicester City.

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