No Marseille agreement to keep Joey Barton next season
Marseille want to sign Barton but QPR will have the final say on the midfielder’s future
It appears that Joey Barton might have jumped the gun by claiming there is an agreement to keep him at Marseille beyond the end of the season.
While it seems that the French club want the midfielder to form part of their future, the Marseille president denies that a deal has been done with QPR.
Barton, currently on loan at the French club from QPR, tweeted that he would not be returning to west London next season. “Some strange people think that I’ll be playing in the Championship next season?? Good one! QPR might, I won’t! #fact,” he wrote. “It’s not up to QPR if I stay. Agreement already in place for me to stay here. Can’t see QPR wanting me on the wage bill in the Champ.”
However, Vincent Labrune has been quoted on eurosport.fr as saying: “We would not be against the idea of keeping Joey Barton at OM but he belongs to QPR. There is no agreement as suggested by Joey Barton.”
Indeed, QPR have also reiterated that players under contract cannot make decisions on their future without the consent of the parent club. Hoops chairman, Tony Fernandes posted a tweet saying: “For the record QPR players under contract cannot decide where they play. They are under CONTRACT.”
Barton has been prolific on Twitter for several years and has gained many followers for his honest views and opinions. He recently tweeted that he wants QPR to stay up but there is no love lost between him and Mark Hughes.
He wrote: “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 give everything for this football club. They backed me when nobody else did, for that I will be eternally grateful. This club is now in my blood, its impossible to get it out [sic] #ForzaOM.
“I really hope they [QPR] stay up. I have all season. Stay up/go down. Harry stays/goes. I don’t want to be part of it. Marseille is my home now.”
Written by Matthew Glazier from Bettingpro.com.