Roberto Mancini is happy to keep Gareth Barry at Manchester City if the midfielder takes a pay cut.
GARETH BARRY is in line for a contract extension — but faces a pay cut to stay at Manchester City.
Midfielder Barry, 32, has 12 months left on his current deal.
And he was expected to leave the Etihad this summer as City trim salaries in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
But his recent displays — especially in the wins over Manchester United and Chelsea — have impressed boss Roberto Mancini.
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This one may come as a bit of a shock to most City fans, as it’s hard to see what Barry has done to earn a new deal. Some recent good displays shouldn’t go unnoticed, but it’s surprising to see Roberto Mancini offer a new contract to one of the weaker members of his squad when his main complaint about this season was a lack of investment in new, better players.
As well as that, Barry is now 32 and surely past his best. Even if he does take a wage cut, is it a wise investment for the club to hold onto a player who only has another year or two at most at the top level?
Indeed, if Barry were to be awarded with a new contract at Eastlands, there is a compelling argument that the club would be stunting the developing of promising youngster Jack Rodwell, who arrived from Everton in the summer. The 22-year-old has barely played for the Champions during an injury hit campaign but is widely regarded as one of the most highly-rated youngster in the Premier League and could shine if handed a regular run in the team.
While former Aston Villa man Barry is struggling to make the England team, Rodwell could well become a Three Lions regular given the opportunity to develop at the Etihad Stadium.