Barry reborn at Goodison under Martinez

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In an in-depth interview in The Telegraph, Gareth Barry tells Henry Winter how much he is enjoying life at Everton and his hopes for the future, including that outside chance of making Roy Hodgson's team for Brazil this summer.

Having been was told he was not part of new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini''s first-team plans, Barry was already contemplating a move away from the Etihad Stadium last summer when Roberto Martinez paid a visit to his home to discuss the possibility of playing for Everton.

The moment I spoke to the manager, I thought 'I like this bloke, he has a good vision'", Barry says. Within 10 minutes, he'd given me my confidence back, telling me he believed in me, that I could be a focal part of Everton and what we could do at Everton. He left my house and I was thinking this is the move for me.''

The former Aston Villa midfielder took no time endearing himself to the Blue faithful and changing the minds of any doubters who felt he was past his prime.

A last-ditch block to deny Samuel Eto'o an almost certain goal for Chelsea in his first appearance was just the start he was looking for.

I needed that on my debut — for me and also for the fans. Everton fans might have been thinking is he just here to jog around for a season'. I went into those games thinking I really have to put a big shift in and show the Everton fans I'm not here for a ride for one season. I'm here as a professional. I've wanted to show them I'd put in not just one performance giving 100 per cent but a full season giving 100 per cent.

Barry also seems to appreciate what so many players do once Everton has touched them and he hints that if it's up to him, he will be extending his stay at Goodison beyond the terms of his current loan spell.

Everton fans don't just come to watch the football," he continues. "They are there for Everton, the club. They really believe in the history of the club. It's drilled through their families, through the years, about Everton. When I see them they say: You'd better be signing next season!' Every time! My answer is the same every time: Hopefully! Hopefully!' That's a genuine answer."

Read the full interview

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