The Premier League’s favourite boo-boy Joey Barton has told reporters he would like to make his loan switch to Marseille a permanent deal and end his turbulent period at Queens Park Rangers, according to Sky Sports News.
The troubled midfielder has never been far away from controversy, with a series of on and off-pitch dramas surrounding the player’s career.
Barton has been charged with violent conduct on three separate occasions by the FA. First, for an assault on Ousmane Dabo, which Barton also received a four-month suspended sentence for while at Manchester City, then again in 2010 after punching Morten Gamst Pedersen in the stomach, and a third time for attacking three players on the final day of last season.
The latter incident resulting in a 12-match ban, in which the Merseysider elbowed Carlos Tevez, kicked Sergio Aguero and finally attempted to head-butt Vincent Kompany, lead to the decision by QPR to loan out Barton to French club Marseille at the start of the season.
Despite the fact that the former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder is yet to make his debut in Ligue 1, having only appeared in the Europa League for Marseille, Barton has told reporters he would like to stay on at his adoptive club.
“I still have a lot of respect for my team-mates.
“I do not play for money, but for my club. If I were the one to decide, I would stay at Marseille,” Barton said.
The midfielder, who received a single England Cap in 2007, is still contracted to QPR and is on the books at the West London club until 2015; however Chief Executive Phillip Beard has revealed they are considering selling Barton to Marseille if the French club can match the player’s value.
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