Yaya Toure deal will help Man City attract top stars, says Gareth Barry
Manchester City's Gareth Barry believes the Citizens can attract top players this summer after Yaya Toure signed a new four-year deal
Gareth Barry believes Manchester City will be able to attract top players to the club in the summer after Yaya Toure penned a new deal.
The Ivory Coast international signed a four-year contract last week after months of speculation surrounding the midfielder’s future at the Eastlands outfit.
Barry feels that seeing a player of Toure’s stature show his faith in the City project will strengthen the Citizens’ hand in the summer transfer market.
“When a player like him gets a new deal, it is a lift for everyone. You don’t want to see players like that leaving. You want others like him coming in,” Barry said.
“When you can keep players like him for another four years, I am sure there will be others coming in, of the same level, to join him.”
Meanwhile, Barry is relishing Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea, with the midfielder admitting the winner would be in a strong position to lift the crown.
“It feels more like a final,” added Barry. “This is the bigger game of the two and if we can get through it this could be another FA Cup for us.
“I am looking forward to it. You want to be playing big games at this stage of the season, as this is, when they hand out the trophies.”
The England international also admitted City “cannot afford” to be without David Silva for the semi-final after the Spaniard limped off injured in their 2-1 win at Manchester United.
“We can’t afford to be missing players like David at this stage of the season. I’m not sure how bad it is, but he would be a big miss in the semi-final.
You want players like him to be playing at stadiums like Wembley.”