QPR transfers: Joey Barton keen to remain at Marseille after loan spell

QPR transfers: Joey Barton says it would be difficult to return to the Hoops at the end of his season-long loan at Marseille

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff    
joey barton
Joey Barton joined QPR from Newcastle in August 2011 Photo: Joey Barton/Twitter

joey barton

Joey Barton believes it will be difficult to return to Queens Park Rangers at the end of his season-long loan spell at Marseille.

The 30-year-old sealed a temporary move to the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer, with ex-Hoops manager Mark Hughes deeming the former R’s skipper surplus to requirements at Loftus Road.

New boss Harry Redknapp revealed on Friday that he would be unable to recall the midfielder from the Ligue 1 outfit, and with QPR struggling, Barton is keen to stay at the French club after his acrimonious departure from the Hoops.

“For me to be part of the side that stayed up and not be part of the side that went down, it would be difficult for me to go back,” Barton told BBC Football Focus.

“It didn’t end in great circumstances in west London for me.

“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’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.

“What it seems to me as a neutral – and I am in France, no matter that I am contracted – is that they have got a big case of a lot of good individuals, a lot of good quality individuals, but not a good team.”

Get 50/1 enhanced odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham. Hurry, offer ends soon. Click here and sign up for an account now. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Enhanced winnings paid in free bets.

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Predictions: Why Man United will finish ahead of Liverpool
The Sport Review
Sol Campbell: Why this player will score in Tottenham v Arsenal
The Sport Review
Barcelona 2017: Nadal and Zeballos beat #NextGen challengers to lock horns after four years