QPR open the door to his return

QPR owner Tony FernandesQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has opened the door for a return for Joey Barton although he wants to stay in France.

The midfielder slammed the current crop of Loftus Road players following the club’s relegation to the Championship last weekend for what he perceived was a lacklustre approach to survival and has always maintained that he would like to stay in France.

There is no agreement in place with Ligue 1 club Marseille to turn the loan into a permanent deal and Fernandes is thinking the former Manchester City midfielder could be an asset in the second tier of English football.

“If Joey and Marseille want (the transfer), then we will talk. However, he is a QPR player, and is contracted to QPR,” he said on QPR Player.

“He helped Newcastle out (of the Championship). Some would say we lacked his fighting spirit in the midfield.

“Marseille have got to put an offer in. Joey is under contract and Joey would be a very useful player for Queens Park Rangers.

“That has to be a financial deal which would have to be worked out if he wants to go to Marseille, but as far as I am concerned he is a QPR player and in the summer will come back.”

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