Veteran midfielder Gareth Barry has signed an initial one year deal to West Bromwich Albion FC from Everton for an undisclosed fee.
Barry, who had four years at Goodison Park, is West Brom’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window following Jay Rodriguez, Zhang Yuning and Ahmed Hegazi.
The 36-year-old has still have one year remaining on his contract however Barry turned down he’s stay at Everton.
Barry has 628 Premier League appearances in his 21 season with Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton. He is just five appearances away to break Ryan Giggs’s all-time Premier League all-time record appearances in the completion.
According to Barry, Everton will always be a big part of his career.
“I’ve had four great years at Everton. The fans have been brilliant with me from the day I signed until the day I left. I’m proud that the Club will always be a big part of my career. There are too many people to thank but I’d like to mention a few of them – the Chairman, Bill Kenwright, Roberto Martinez who brought me to Goodison, Ronald Koeman whom I’ve enjoyed working with, the staff at the Club and some great teammates and of course the fans. Look forward to seeing you all again.” Barry said.
Meanwhile, West Brom head coach Tony Pulis is looking forward to work with Barry as he sees him as a replacement for Darren Fletcher, who joined Stoke City FC earlier this summer.
“He’s a fantastic player. He really wants to play and I’m really looking forward to working with him and integrating him into our squad. I think he’s going to be a great addition.”
Chairman John Williams also thinks that the former England midfielder has amazing skills.
“He’s got an amazing footballing pedigree and everybody will get a buzz from his joining us. We can’t wait to see him in action in our shirt.”
In the opening match the Premier League season, West Bromwich won their game against A.F.C. Bournemouth with 1-0 score card at the end of regulation.
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