Everton midfielder Gareth Barry will break the 650th game mark when he runs out at Goodison Park to face Manchester United on Sunday
Signed shortly before deadline day by Roberto Martinez from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal, Gareth Barry has become a lynchpin of the Everton midfield.
Despite doubts from some quarters, the versatile and unassuming Barry, who has surpassed the 500 Premier League appearances while at the Blues to move into the all-time top 10, has proven to be an exceptional acquisition for the Toffees.
With news of Everton veteran Tim Howard signing an extension to his current contract, Evertonians would certainly welcome a permanent deal for 33 year-old Gareth Barry, who will go into the summer break as a free-agent.
Everton boss Martinez paid tribute to the midfielder, and the man, on reaching his 650th club appearance.
“It is a huge milestone and the biggest compliment I can give him is he doesn’t get phased by it,” said Martinez.
“He just gets on with it and enjoys his football.”
“He’s found an incredible role at our football club and we are delighted to have him here.”
We’ll Make Sure He Is Happy
On if and when Martinez will approach the subject of securing Gareth Barry on a permanent deal, the Everton manager was unsurprisingly not giving too much away as he spoke to journalists at this mornings press conference.
He said: “The conversation will arrive at the end of the season and we’ll make sure he is happy with the outcome.”
“Remember that everything we did [last summer] was to make sure this season was going to be a success for Everton and with Gareth Barry, we all know that has been the case.
“That is all that mattered.”
“The milestone is an incredible one and you won’t get many players reaching those sort of figures and he’s just such an example and an incredible footballer to have around [the club.]”
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