City ace is looking forward to biggest year yet

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Gareth Barry believes his decision to leave Aston Villa and join Manchester City two years ago has been vindicated by the club's FA Cup triumph and Champions League qualification.

Barry, who moved to Eastlands in a £12 million deal after a turbulent final year at Villa Park, has been integral in City's rise to prominence, making 33 Barclays Premier League appearances last season.

That move has paid off, according to Barry, who after just two seasons has become one of the veterans of an ever-changing City dressing room. "Three years at City and you're one of the players that has been around the longest," Barry said.

"Two years have flown by and last year I was just happy that we managed to get that trophy and now we'll be playing Champions League so it's been a great move so far.

"I'm sure the City fans, as the players, are looking forward to the draw. It could be the likes of Barcelona so that would be fantastic for the club."

Despite consistent performances for City in the past year, and wearing the captain's armband for England on a number of occasions, Barry has found himself on the outside looking in with Fabio Capello's England side.

"The last couple of qualifying games I've not managed to get in to the starting XI, you're always disappointed," Barry added.

"But you get your place back by playing well for your club so that'll be my initial aim, to get a starting spot for City and put some good, consistent performances in. That's how it works, you get back in the team that way."

Barry spoke to from Los Angeles, where City have begun their pre-season tour of the US, saying that he prefers the focus of modern pre-season training.

He continued: "It's changed so much now. When I first started playing it was literally you wouldn't see a ball for the first week or two weeks. It was all about fitness.

"But the first day here we had the balls out, we had a game so obviously I prefer it these days."

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