West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry has admitted that he left Everton in the summer to find regular game-time.
Barry says that he expected less minutes on the pitch at Everton over West Brom, despite Ronald Koeman wanting him to stay.
Koeman told Barry that he was still in his plans and that he would get games, but Barry was not convinced and made the switch to West Brom as a result.
Speaking to The Express, Barry said this:
I’d been speaking to Ronald Koeman for three weeks before it eventually happened.
I thought, ‘Do you really want to end your career playing the odd game, being on the bench or just being in and around the place?’ A lot of players generally finish like that.
He wasn’t happy with me because he wanted me to stay around and felt I was going to get enough game time.
I didn’t want to slowly go down that road of fizzling out which I thought I might have done at Everton.
The English midfielder is set to make his 633rd appearance in the English top-flight, surpassing ex-Manchester United and Wales winger Ryan Giggs.