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Benitez slams Barry for chasing money by lfctalk
July 10, 2009, 08:52
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Rafael Benitez yesterday admitted that he tried to sign Gareth Barry before the midfielder moved to Manchester City – on a £120,000 per week deal.

“City have signed a lot of good players, but that is no guarantee they will win anything. But it will be interesting to see what happens next season,” said Benitez.

“Things have changed. You have to adapt to a situation. Manchester City and big clubs in Europe are spending big money, so the market has changed and we have to work harder.”

“We had to pay big money, the market is now crazy. It is all money, money, money now. But we were signing a good player, an England player, and that is very positive.”

“He has a good mentality, and when I spoke to him first it was clear he wanted to come here.”

“Things have changed. You have to adapt to a situation. Manchester City and big clubs in Europe are spending big money, so the market has changed and we have to work harder.”

“You have to do that to stay at the level we are at because of the big money being spent here and abroad.”

City also wanted Johnson, and Benitez said: “It was difficult, some clubs are offering big money. But he wanted to come here, that was the difference.”

“We did go back again for Barry, but as I said. it is all about money, money, money. It is as simple as that.”

On City’s influence on the market and their prospects for next term, Benitez added: “City have signed a lot of good players, but that is no guarantee they will win anything. But it will be interesting to see what happens next season.”

“But whatever happens, experience is more important and we feel that we have that to be in the top positions.”

“If you spend big it is always easier to perform well. But when you have a good understanding between players that is also important. If they are together, they work hard, that is just as important.”

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i for one, defend gareth barry here:

http://thebleacherbums.wordpress.com/2009/07/19/barry-the-traitor/#more-343

would you not take that type of money to play in a team with such potential? i’d take a lot less..

Comment by chrisutd07

[…] This sob story is unlikely to get footballers like Gareth Barry much sympathy. The England midfielders decision to move to Manchester City has provoked uproar. Because he is a born and bred Aston Villa man (although he was actually born in Hastings and started his career at Brighton and Hove Albion). Because he should want to play Liverpool (who, according to former manager Martin O’Neill, hadn’t approached Barry this summer). Because he has allegedly moved for the money – or, as Rafa Benítez elegantly put it, “it is all about money, money, money“. […]

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