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by Rob Urbani @efc_roburbani

Gareth Barry admits he is 'delighted' to have signed a three year deal with Everton.

The 33-year-old midfielder has become Roberto Martinez's first signing of the summer, putting pen to paper on a permanent contract after impressing during a season-long loan spell from Manchester City last term.

He told evertontv: "I was really keen to get this sorted before the lads come back to training on Thursday. I'm delighted now that everything is signed and that I'm going to be spending the next few years at Everton.

"When you are on loan, it is never the same as being a signed player. I was really settled last year - but now I am an official Everton player and it feels really good.

"From the moment I signed last year I settled in straight away.

"There is a fantastic history here and it was brilliant working with the manager.

"I have learned so much from him, it is a great set of players and the fans were fantastic last year - just everything about Everton feels right. The training ground, the facilities, the history - there is so much that is positive about the Club."

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