There's no doubt that Gareth Barry was a big part of Roberto Martinez's first successful season in charge at Goodison Park. Now it's up to the midfielder to decide if he wants to join the Blues on a full time basis once his Manchester City contract expires later this summer.
The midfielder, on-loan all season became a regular in the lineup making 36 appearances while forging an effective partnership with James McCarthy. Martinez has not been shy about his admiration for Barry, and his desire to keep him at Goodison, and once the season comes to a close this weekend, it appears the Everton boss is going to make one last pitch to keep him.
According to a report in the Guardian, Martinez and Barry will talk after the Hull City games, and Martinez has made it clear that financial issues would not prevent Barry from signing with the club.
"We will sit down and I'm sure we will get a straight answer one way or another. It's not about finding a good contract or financial package, it's more about the next footballing chapter and where he can enjoy it next."
Considering Barry's impact this season, let us hope that he feels he can enjoy the next chapter playing for Everton.