Gareth Barry: 'I wasn't pushed out of Manchester City'

Gareth Barry insists that Manchester City did not push him out of the club when he signed for Everton on a season-long loan.

New Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has insisted that he was not forced out of Manchester City.

The 32-year-old joined the Toffees on a season-long loan during the last few hours of deadline day in search of first-team football.

"I haven't been pushed out at all," the Manchester Evening News quotes Barry as saying. "I've trained every day with the first team, so there was nothing like that, but when the squads were announced, I wasn't travelling for friendlies, and so the writing's on the wall when that happens.

"If you want to be playing regular first-team football, then it's time to move. I just don't think I'd have been a happy person, sitting there not playing. Once the Premier League started and I was sitting at home, knowing I wasn't involved, I wasn't a happy person."

Barry was signed alongside Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea on deadline day.

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