Manchester City players were left stunned when Gareth Barry was allowed to join Everton on a season-long loan - that's according to Toffees full-back, Leighton Baines.
In an interview with everton.tv, Baines revealed that a number of City's England internationals were surprised by Manuel Pellegrini's decision to allow the 32-year-old to leave the Etihad Stadium.
Baines claims that City's England stars feel Barry - who has made 500 Premier League appearances - should have been playing for the Citizens.
"I’ve known Gareth through the England set-up and I’ve always rated him really highly," Baines told evertontv.
"The City lads on the last international break were saying that they can’t believe that they haven’t kept him and he doesn’t play for them.
"That says enough about his worth for any team he plays in. Everyone rates him who he plays with and he has come in and shown what a great asset he is going to be for us."
Barry made the move to Goodison Park having been told by Manchester City boss Pellegrini that his first-team chances would be limited this season.
The former Aston Villa captain made his Everton debut on Saturday and played a starring role, as Roberto Martinez's side pulled off an impressive 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Barry was named 'Man of the Match' following his stand-out performance, with the highlight being his goal-saving block to deny Samuel Eto'o a debut goal.
"We’ve seen straight away what he can give to the team," added Baines.
"I’m sure Gaz will tell you that he has not played as much as he would have liked and he has already produced a performance like that.
"If he plays like that most weeks, he is going to add to the team."
Barry joined Manchester City back in 2009 for £12 million, with the 28-year-old rejecting interest from Liverpool the previous summer to secure a move to the Etihad.
He was a key figure for Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini, but has fallen out of favour under new boss Pellegrini.
Now, Barry's City future looks bleak and if he continues to impress during his temporary stint at Everton, there will be no shortage of potential suitors for the veteran midfielder.
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