Harry Redknapp suggests Barton is happy at Marseille

Marseille midfielder Joey BartonQPR boss Harry Redknapp says Joey Barton is enjoying his loan spell with Marseille and thinks the midfielder wants to stay in France.

Barton is on a season-long deal with the French side and he has admitted he would be keen to sort out a permanent switch if a transfer can be agreed in the summer.

Redknapp has watched the controversial star in Ligue 1 and has been impressed with his performances. The R’s boss thinks the former Manchester City and Newcastle man is happy in France and, even though he would be happy to see him return, it looks unlikely.

“Joey has done well, he’s been excellent at Marseille. He’s had a great season for them,” said Redknapp.

“He’s been good. I’ve seen Marseille play this year and he’s done ever so well for them. If you saw where Joey lived in Marseille, I think it would be very difficult to get him back.

“You watch Marseille and see the mountains in the background and you drive through the town and see all the boats. Joey has a nice lifestyle there. I’d be surprised really if he wanted to come back.”

Despite his well-publicised disciplinary problems, Redknapp would welcome Barton back into the fold if a permanent move does not materialise over the close-season.

He added: “I’m not saying I don’t want Joey back. He belongs to the club. If he has to come back, he has to come back.

“If it doesn’t work out then he has to come back, he’ll be a good player here. He can play, he’s a good footballer. If there’s no deal there, he’ll come back.”

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