With Manuel Pellegrini coming in, Manchester City are expected to make a push to take the Premier League crown from their neighbours Manchester United this season. 

For this to happen changes need to be made - one could see Gareth Barry leave the Etihad.

The midfielder arrived at City four years ago from Aston Villa, expected chip in with some goals and help the blue moon rising. 

Barry became a more defensive player under the Mancini regime, becoming an unsung hero in comparison to the fan-favourites Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure in the title winning 2011/12 season.

With Pellegrini taking over, it's likely the Chilean will bring the same style of attacking football to Manchester just as he did with Villarreal and Malaga. His admiration for creative playmakers and structured attacking plays will probably see Silva, Nasri and new boy Navas get in the starting XI to support the strikers.

To drive that attacking midfield there will be a need for strong versatile midfielders to support the wingers and playmakers. Yaya Toure is a name that doesn't need explanation, he has been a thriving force for the Citizens past seasons.

Milner is also a hard working engine who has proven in numerous occasions he can make a difference. Jack Rodwell has ended his season on a high, raising a tip of his potential that could be fulfilled next season. With Javi Garcia and Fernandinho also in the squad, it looks like the midfield is too crowded for Barry, who is likely to fall down the pecking order.

The 32-year old has only one year left on his contract and City might want to sell him while they still can. His experience can be a great asset for any Premier League team but in the case of Manchester City, first-team opportunities may be limited.

 

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