The 31-year-old joined City from Aston Villa in 2009 and has been a consistent feature in the Etihad Stadium outfit despite numerous arrivals in midfield.
Barry notes that having players such as Silva and Toure alongside him allow him to go about his business in the middle of the park quietly.
He told the Manchester Evening News: "Since I came to City, you see the players the club have signed and that is the reason I came here.
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He told Sky Sports News: "I know he's worth more than £11 million - you'll be getting him cheap if you get him for that, and I would say that because that's how much I value him at."
Freedman believes that Zaha's dedication and commitment to the game makes him a special player and feels that he is on the way to the top after being given the chance to shine at Palace.
The Scot added: "He's a young man that's come through the academy.
"I'll tell you what he's done this year - he's dedicated himself to football and that's very impressive to see because the other things that come with being a football player these days is hard to deal with.
"But Wilfried has dedicated himself to the game, he's working very very hard, he's got a good family around him and he's heading in the right direction.
"We give young kids the opportunity to play, that's what he's doing right now, expressing his talent."