I’m finished at QPR and want to stay in France, says Barton

Frank Dalleres
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CONTROVERSIAL Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton insists his Loftus Road career is over, regardless of whether the Premier League strugglers are relegated.

The former Manchester City and Newcastle player has been on loan at Marseille this season after a souring in relations with the Rangers hierarchy. Barton, 30, blames former QPR manager Mark Hughes for his exit but enjoyed his stint in France and wants to sign a permanent deal with Marseille.

He wrote on Twitter: “Some strange people think that I’ll be playing in the Championship next season. Good one! QPR might, I won’t! #fact My QPR career was over when they decided to listen to the footballing sage, Mark of Hughes. I’m loving life in France. Loving Marseille. They love me. All I want to do is gave [sic] everything for this football club.”

Barton added that Marseille can exercise their right to buy him in the summer, and cast doubt on QPR’s appetite to take him back. “It’s not up to QPR if I stay,” he said. “Agreement already in place for me to stay here. Can’t see QPR wanting me on the wage bill in the Champ.”

While Barton has proven popular at Marseille, his spell turned sour last week following a verbal spat with Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva. His club ordered him to stop posting insulting remarks about the Brazil defender, while Barton was also summoned by French football’s ethics commission.