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Everton signing admits he was worried

Gareth Barry discusses the few hours leading up to his transfer

By | 6th September 2013

Gareth Barry revealed he was getting very nervous prior to the confirmation that he would be going to Everton on loan for the season. The English midfielder had been told he would not be part of new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s plans this year and as such Barry wanted a move. The 32 year old is looking at one last chance to feature for England in another World Cup and knew he wouldn’t be able to achieve that goal if he wasn’t playing.

Barry compared the situation to the Peter Odemwingie transfer mess at the end of the last January transfer window. Odemwinge said he was promised a transfer from West Brom to Queens Park Rangers by West Brom ownership but the transfer fell through on January 31st, infuriating the player who had driven to London and parked at Loftus Road.

Barry’s deal was finished just seconds before the close of the transfer window, prompting a huge wave of relief for the midfielder who was sitting in his car waiting to go to Everton’s training ground. Barry said he was incredibly nervous but never actually drove to the training ground until he got the news.

“I was watching last year, and (the Odemwingie situation) was why I didn’t come too close to the training ground – you learn all the time from things like that!” he said, according to the Mirror.

“I got a call about 7pm to come over this way because the deal was close, but you’re sitting in your car and they’re saying it’s not done so you can’t make the full journey into the training ground. I was just driving around, close to the training ground, and then I stopped for a coffee. When it got to about 10.30 I was just around the corner – quite close, but not in sight of the cameras!

“Speaking to people on the phone you’re getting reassurances, but when you’re still sitting in your car at 10pm and it’s getting towards half 10, you’re thinking: ‘there’s not much time here!’ You do start fearing the worst and I did start thinking that I might have to go into training with Man City tomorrow.

“I was always positive…mind you, I didn’t come in through the door until after 10.30pm, and you start thinking, ‘what’s the point when I start panicking? When it’s getting that late it’s just strange you have about three months to get the business do, and then most of the deals get done in the last half hour. That’s strange!”

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  1. It will be all worth Gareth , you are now part of Goodison history.Don't worry you will realise what that means soon.

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