Everton boss Martinez makes clear he wants Barry stay

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has made it clear he wants on-loan Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry to stay long-term.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has made it clear he wants on-loan Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry to stay long-term.

Barry's loan deal from Manchester City finishes at the end of this season and Martinez is keen to keep him.

He said: "I would love to work with Gareth for longer than that. He is enjoying his football. He takes it game by game and he will make a decision on what he wants to do next.

"Going to the World Cup or not may have a bearing on that decision, but I am just happy to see Gareth enjoying his football and having such a big, big season for us."

Barry said of his club future: "It will just be a conversation to have at the end of the season.

"The manager said that when I signed there would be no pressure on myself or the club to make decisions around this time.

"I'm enjoying working with the manager, this is a great bunch of lads and it is a fantastic club. So certainly from that angle it is perfect."

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