Gareth Barry can decide future, says Pellegrini

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Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has been told he is free to decide his future.

The former Aston Villa captain has fallen down the pecking order in Manuel Pellegrini's squad following the summer arrival of Fernandinho from Shaktar Donetsk.

New manager Pellegrini also has midfielder Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia and Yaya Toure at his disposal - which again limits the prospects of Barry featuring as frequently as he would like.

Pellegrini, speaking to Sky Sports, said ahead of Manchester City's opening fixture of the season: "In the position of Gareth we have also (Jack) Rodwell, (Javi) Garcia, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.

"I spoke with Gareth. He wants to stay here and he does not have any problems staying here to fight for his position like any other player in the squad.

"If he wants to go because he has better options, it depends on what he wants to do."

Barry is said to be attracting interest from Roberto Martinez's Everton - who are reportedly willing to take the Manchester City midfielder to Goodison Park on a season-long loan.

Barry will be particularly desperate to play first-team football this season as he will be looking to secure a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad.

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