It was reported by the Daily Star at the start of last month that Leeds and Celtic were both keen on bringing in the left-winger this summer.
The 18-year-old is considered one of the top talents at City but does not have much chance of first-team football at the club.
Leeds tried to bring him in, but City rejected a permanent option clause, whilst Celtic were hoping to add him to their ranks – following on from successful deals with City for Jason Denayer and John Guidetti last term.
In the end neither deal happened and the City player has now been speaking about his City future to Eat Sleep Sport – including the possibility of going out on loan:
"The manager has told all the young players that if we impress him, we will be given an opportunity.
"I need to impress in training and, just like the other lads coming through at the club, I need to take those chances when they do come along.
"If I do have to spend time out on loan, I'll do my best to help that club while bringing my own game on.
"The end goal will always be geared to progressing at City. I have been at the club 10 years so I all I've ever wanted is to do well for City."
Of course Leeds could still bring him in. The Championship side can still bring in loan deals but are unlikely to snap him up. They have recently brought in another loan deal with Sunderland attacker Will Buckley making the move.
Barker was in the Champions League squad for the club’s recent game against Borussia Monchengladbach so hopefully he can get some playing time this season.