Exclusive – Barkley can become a world star if he leaves Everton for Man City, says Marsh

first_imgManchester City legend Rodney Marsh has advised Ross Barkley to move to the Etihad Stadium “in a heartbeat”.The defending Premier League champions are reportedly plotting a £50million swoop for the Everton starlet, who has risen to stardom in two impressive seasons since graduating to the Toffees’ first-team.His development is comparable to fellow Merseyside-born whizzkid Wayne Rooney, who secured a £27m switch to Manchester United at just 18 and went on to star for both the Red Devils and the Three Lions.Ex-England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has warned Barkley against leaving Goodison Park, but former striker Marsh believes moving to City would give the youngster the platform to become the greatest British player in history.“I would advise Ross Barkley to move to Manchester City in a heartbeat,” Marsh told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He has the opportunity to become one of the greatest British players we’ve ever seen.“He’s the sort of player who can move to Manchester City and, unlike others, can get into the first-team as a youngster, dominate and become a truly great footballer.“I would advise anyone at the moment who has the chance of becoming a top player to go to City, it’s a wonderful club now. They’ve got everything in their favour, from their training conditions to being able to play around great players.“This morning I spoke with someone who has seen every game Ross Barkley has played, even for Everton’s youth team. He told me this kid loves his football, he trains harder than anybody, he stays behind after training and is a wonderful young man as well, and they truly believe he will go on to become a world star.“Another player Everton let go as a youngster, Wayne Rooney, became the biggest thing in British football when he moved to Manchester United. I put Barkley in the same category.“Only time will tell but I think this kid can be breathtaking, both for England and Man City, if he decides to move there.“I think Yaya Toure could well be out of the back door, so that’s another reason why I think Barkley would be great at City.”last_img read more