Joey Barton Wants Permanent French Switch

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has claimed that he doesn’t want to return to Queens Park Rangers at the end of his loan spell in France as he wants to make the move permanent.

Barton has finally finished his 12-game ban and is now a regular in the Marseille team but despite the appointment of Harry Redknapp, the controversial midfielder isn’t interested in returning to ‘Championship bound QPR.’

“It didn’t end in great circumstances in West London for me,” Barton told The Sun.

“I know there has been a change in terms of the management structure, but something like that, and what goes on around that, lives with you beyond a managerial change.

“I haven’t closed my mind to it although I would really like to stay here. I’ve been welcomed here with opens arms by everyone at the club.

“I’m in a good space mentally. I’ve held preliminary talks with Marseille about extending my stay here.

“They have asked me whether I would stay beyond the loan period.

“The likelihood is, unless there is a massive turnaround in fortunes, QPR will be in the Championship next season.”


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