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Barry joy at permanent move

Last Updated: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:58

Gareth Barry says he intends to build on his impressive season on loan after joining Everton on a permanent three-year deal.

The 33-year-old, who made 36 appearances for the Blues while on loan from Manchester City last term, was confirmed as boss Roberto Martinez's first permanent signing of the summer late on Tuesday.

Barry says it was always his first choice to turn the loan into a full-time agreement and the former Aston Villa man is delighted to have sorted it ahead of pre-season training.

"I was really keen to get this sorted before the lads come back to training on Thursday. I'm delighted now that everything is signed and that I'm going to be spending the next few years at Everton," Barry told evertontv.

"When you are on loan, it is never the same as being a signed player. I was really settled last year - but now I am an official Everton player and it feels really good. From the moment I signed last year I settled in straight away."

Barry paid tribute to the influence Martinez had on him last season, while saying everyone at the club wants to improve on what was an impressive campaign.

He added: "There is a fantastic history here and it was brilliant working with the manager. I have learned so much from him, it is a great set of players and the fans were fantastic last year - just everything about Everton feels right. The training ground, the facilities, the history - there is so much that is positive about the club.

"But that is last season. Now we try to improve on that and if we do improve then we are going to be going to some very good places.

"The whole squad is always so keen to learn and never satisfied. From the manager right through the coaching staff to the players, everybody wants to improve."

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