Barends joined Milano as a free agent this current transfer period after Rise and Shine decided not to renew his contract.
“They (City) never explained why my contract wasn’t renewed, but I’m just happy to be back in Cape Town playing for Milano. Milano are like my second home and I’m grateful that they have given me this chance to play for them,” Barends told Phakaaathi.
“We have a young squad here and I’m hoping that I and the other experienced guys here could help these young boys to realise their dream of playing in the PSL.
Milano will begin their 2016/17 NFD campaign with a clash against Witbank Spurs at Bluedowns Stadium on Sunday, August 28.