Everton signing says they can reach Champions League
Barry was part of a hectic deadline day at the Merseyside club with James McCarthy coming in for £13m from Wigan and Romelu Lukaku joining on a season-long loan.
Top four potential
The Merseysiders also managed to hold onto Leighton Baines and the new signing Barry believes they can improve on last season’s finish of sixth.
The Englishman said according to ESPN:”There are some fantastic teams out there who have spent a lot of money on improving their squads. But looking at the squad here and the ambitions of the club, there’s no reason why we can’t compete for that fourth spot.
“Over the past decade or so, Everton have always been challenging. They broke into the top four once, and they’ve always been there or thereabouts. That’s why I wanted to come here and help the team improve – certainly this year, and even after that.
“My one target for this season is to improve on last season. Things don’t happen overnight. It’s a new manager, and his ideas may take a bit of time to get across. But it’s been a good start for the club, and I’m sure we can improve on it.”
First team football
With the midfielders Manchester City contract expiring next summer he felt it was time for a move in order to play regular football and says that this was the right time to leave.
The 32-year old went on to say: ”My head has been about wanting to play regularly in the Premier League. Helping my England ambitions is not the main reason I’ve joined Everton. That will come if I’m playing consistently well. At the moment, international football would be a bonus. Playing well for Everton is my main target.
“There was an option to sit out my last year at Manchester City and not really feature at all. That was something I was never going to be comfortable. I’ve always played regularly through my career, and that’s something I want to do here.
“At the end of last season and the start of pre-season, it was made clear to me at City that I wasn’t going to be guaranteed regular first-team football, which I was pretty comfortable with. I’m 32, I was at a club with a big squad and a lot of players. I could have dealt with that.
“But as pre-season went on, and the first games came up, it was pretty clear that I wasn’t going to feature. That’s when I started to think that it could be time to look elsewhere.
“It all happened pretty late in the end. Over the years, I’ve sat at home watching on deadline day, and the majority of deals do seem to go through late, so I stayed pretty relaxed about it all.
“I was desperate to join Everton. It was a chance to join a great club, and to get more of a chance to play regular football.
“When you get into that last hour, and there are still a few snags between the two clubs, you do fear the worst, and start to think that you might be going into training with Man City tomorrow. I’m grateful it all went through.
“I’m grateful for four fantastic years at Manchester City. I went there to try to win trophies and was lucky enough to win a couple. It was all good, and I only have good things to say about the club. Now I hope to have success here.”