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 StadiumBy 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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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.