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Barry completes Everton move

ESPN staff
July 8, 2014
Gareth Barry spent last season on loan at Everton © Getty Images

Everton have signed midfielder Gareth Barry on a three-year contract.

Barry, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, becomes manager Roberto Martinez's first signing of the summer.

The 33-year-old, whose contract with Manchester City expired at the end of June, played 37 times in all competitions for Everton during his loan spell.

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Martinez was prepared to sign Barry permanently in January as part of an attempt to bring former Evertonian Jack Rodwell back to the club on loan from City - the proposed solution to getting round a rule that prevents more than one player from one Premier League club being on loan to another at the same time.

But when the move for Rodwell fell through, Martinez decided to wait until the summer to try to sign up Barry permanently.

Martinez told the Liverpool Echo on July 1 that he felt Barry was a "perfect fit" for Everton. The manager said: "Gareth is such a unique person, I have been so impressed and I think everyone at the club has taken to him.

"For us he would be an important player for the future. But we respect him as a human being and we are going to accept whatever he decides. We will make sure that whatever happens, we are here to support him in every aspect.

"Gareth and Everton are a perfect fit and the way he has been performing shows he has that footballing happiness. We all know what Gareth brings and how important that is."

Barry began his career at Aston Villa, moving to Manchester City for 12 million pounds in June 2009. In September 2013, he became only the 10th player to make 500 Premier League appearances. The midfielder has won 53 England caps, but has not played for his country since May 2012.

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