Barry set for pay cut to extend Manchester City stay

The Premier League champions will meet with the England international in May for what they hope will be conclusive talks to keep the 32-year-old at the Etihad Stadium
By Paul Clennam

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is set to accept a pay cut to extend his stay with the Premier League holders.

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The former Aston Villa star, 32, is currently tied to a deal that expires in summer 2014 but is keen to remain a part of the first-team squad at the Etihad Stadium.

Barry has been a regular fixture in Roberto Mancini's starting XI over the past couple of seasons and has missed just six Premier League games in the 2012-13 campaign.

The England midfielder does, however, accept that he will be forced to take a pay cut to reduce the terms of his current £120,000-a-week deal, recognising that he would still struggle to receive an offer in that region from a divisional rival.

City plan to meet with Barry in May, having already held provisional discussions in January, for what they hope will be a conclusive round of contract talks.

Mancini's side face Wigan in the Premier League on Wednesday, with the Italian boss set to risk the wrath of the Latics' relegation-battling rivals as he prepares to rest key players, including influential skipper Vincent Kompany.