Gareth Barry will be given new deal that will stipulate he plays final year for new MLS side.
Gareth Barry is set to be offered a new deal at Manchester City this season but there is likely to be a stipulation that will require him to play the last season of that contract for the new MLS New York City FC .
The Manchester City owners joined up with baseball team the New York Yankees to acquire the rights to an expansion side for the league in 2016, and the owners are looking to move Barry there to become the club’s captain in their first season of existence.
Cheshire Today have reported that the deal is set to be confirmed once the new manager is installed at the club, and will see Barry play two more seasons for the Premier League side, before flying out to lead the new team in 2016.
Barry was able to make 31 appearances for the former Premier League champions this season, but drew the ire of fans for his inconsistent play and inability to operate as a box-to-box midfielder.
On the possibility of signing a new contract, Barry then told the Manchester Evening News that he was hoping to complete a deal soon, and felt that he still and something to offer for the Champions League side.
“I’m coming into the last year, and it will be a case of the new manager coming in and having a chat with the people upstairs, and discussing it. I’m hoping we can have a meeting pretty soon,” said Barry.
“I would love to stay. I’m 32 but I feel pretty fit and I’m on the back of a good season, so hopefully the club will have seen that.”