Englishman in New York? Man City plan to keep Barry for New York City

Man City are lining up Gareth Barry as their Englishman in New York when new franchise New York City FC launches in 2015, according to The Mirror.

The former Aston Villa ace has been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer, but City executives are thought to be keen to retain the services of the 32-year-old to begin building official relations between City and their owners’ new club in the USA.

They feel that this would also keep Barry away from rival Premier League suitors, and will ensure the player a high wage for the rest of his career. Barry will be 34 when the new club launches, and City hope he can extend his playing time as a big name for the new franchise.

Barry arrived at Man City in 2009 for a fee of around £12m, scoring six goals in 132 appearances. He has also won 53 caps for England so far.

New York City FC’s establishment put a hold on plans of former England midfielder David Beckham, who had wanted to set up his own franchise before being pipped to the post by City’s Arabic owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.

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