Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry says he chose to join the Blues as he believes he will win trophies with the Eastlands outfit. The 28-year-old was subject of one the longest-running transfer sagas of last summer, with Liverpool expected to complete the signing of the England international, only for Rafael Benitez to refuse to meet Aston Villa's valuation. Instead, Barry joined City for £12 million in June, with Benitez accusing him of joining Mark Hughes' cash-rich club for the money. Barry is reportedly earning £30,000 a week more than he would have done at Anfield after signing a five-year deal worth £130,000 a week at Eastlands. But the midfielder, who spent 12 years at Aston Villa, has hit back at Benitez, insisting he joined City in the hope of winning trophies under the ownership of the club's billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "Criticism is inevitable when clubs spend money like City have done this summer, but the truth is I didn't win anything at Aston Villa and I want that statistic to change during my time at City," he said. "I'm hoping to be a success with this club - not just this season - but for many to come. "I want to give myself a chance of playing in a team that is winning." CITY FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: One on One Sven Goran Eriksson Web Exclusives Joe Corrigan Q&A Robinho Boy's A Bit Special Michael Johnson Ask A Silly Question Peter Reid, Alan Ball What Happened Next? Jim Whitley, Tony Cunningham Sing When You’re Winning David Threlfall Plus Joe Corrigan on Weekend Wonders and City on Talentspotter
21 August 2009
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