Barry would welcome Milner
Gareth Barry has spoken of his excitement at seeing James Milner playing for Manchester City.
Last Updated: 15/08/10 4:55pm
Gareth Barry has spoken of his excitement at the possibility of seeing James Milner playing in a Manchester City shirt.
City have spent almost £100million in the transfer market to strengthen their squad this summer and Milner is the latest to be set to move to Eastlands.
England international Barry and Milner played together at Aston Villa before the former skipper departed for City last summer, and the 30-year-old was positive about the impact the winger could make.
"James brings energy and quality to any team," he said.
"You only have to look at the number of goals and chances he has created over the last couple of seasons. He is always in the top two or three in terms of assists. He would be a great addition to any team."
If Milner was to arrive, it would be yet another footballer to add to an already overflowing amount of players at manager Roberto Mancini's disposal.
With a 25-man squad limit, the Italian will be forced to clear out plenty of unhappy stars if they are unable to make the final cut.
The most notable omission from Saturday's opening goalless draw against Tottenham was Shay Given, who was on the bench and replaced by Joe Hart in goal.
Hart was inspired, with the England goalkeeper making a series of outstanding saves to try to establish himself as the club's No.1, something Barry felt provided good competition and should not be complained about.
"The manager has made it clear he's got some big decisions to make on players leaving because of this new 25-player limit that's come in," Barry added.
"One or two players will be upset because they no longer feature in Roberto Mancini's plans, but that is the way the club is going and it is a feature of how the game as a whole has moved on.
"Even some of the players who are in the 25 will be upset some weeks because they will be left out of the team. Again, that's something you have to come to terms with if you want to play for a club that is aiming as high as we are.
"I have loved seeing new players arrive this summer and if more come in that's even better.
"The competition for places will be tough and the manager has already made it clear to us that he will rotate the squad. I certainly won't spit my dummy out if I find myself being left out of the team. I will just fight even harder."