Barry reflects as the dust settles
- Thu 17 May 2012, 8:57AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Gareth Barry already has eyes on an even brighter future after Sunday's astonishing climax to the season.
The Daily Mail features the midfielder in a reflective mood, looking back at key moments that in hindsight had huge significance.
The win over West Brom is one - it may have been routine on the night, but Gareth feels now it has greater significance than we realised at the time.
"'It all turned on our win over West Brom,' said Barry.
"'Carlos Tevez had come back, which lifted everyone. He was working really hard and started in that game.
Then we came back to the changing room and found out United had been beaten at Wigan. From that moment on, everyone thought we were right back in it.
...Gareth Barry in the Mail
There's more from Gareth and James Milner on the European Tour golf web site - the lads have jetted off to Spain to take part in a pro-am alongside Robert Rock, who recently won in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. They came 22nd out of 24, but after the season they've just had we'll let them off! Click here to hear what Gareth had to say.
There's speculative transfer talk in the Sun, who claim we are preparing a big money move for Zlatan Ibramhimovic.
"MANCHESTER CITY have made a bold move for AC Milan’s £25m-rated striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic," writes Rob Beasley.
"Boss Roberto Mancini will pay the Swedish superstar £300,000 a week.
"That will easily make him the highest paid player in the Premier League, dwarfing even City midfielder Yaya Toure’s £250,000-a-week deal.
"But, incredibly, Ibrahimovich, 30, has asked for time to consider the move.
"It is Mancini’s second attempt to bring the ex-Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan striker to The Etihad and this time he is determined to succeed."
If you needed proof of the impact of Sunday's win, take a look at TV NZ's site, where Noah Hickey takes a look at what might happen this summer - or winter, if you're south of the equator like he is...
"Arsenal captain Robert Van Persie is the first name linked to City.
"Naturally, adding Van Persie who scored a whopping 30 goals would be a huge asset to City, however there is a risk of having too many stars sitting on the bench and causing unrest within the squad.
"No matter what amount shows up in their bank account each week no footballer wants to sit on the bench.
"City have consistently put themselves in the Champions League, which together with their place as reigning champion of the EPL, are carrots Mancini will use to attract the world's best players."