Enough is enough! QPR’s Joey Barton desperate for Marseille move
Joey Barton vents his frustration at how QPR have treated the midfielder since he picked up a 12-match ban in May
Joey Barton has revealed he wants to leave Queens Park Rangers and join Ligue 1 outfit Marseille on a season-long loan before the transfer window closes.
Barton is serving a 12-game ban handed out by the FA after he was sent off for clashing with Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany in QPR’s 3-2 defeat by Manchester City back in May.
The 29-year-old was training with League Two’s Fleetwood Town before returning to the Loftus Road outfit ahead of the new Premier League season.
But the Manchester City youth graduate revealed in a series of posts on Twitter on Sunday that he is hoping the Hoops can agree a deal with Marseille before Friday.
“I am hopeful that things will be sorted out soon. Other clubs are in but I only want to play in Marseille. This is the place for me,” said Barton.
“Hopefully, QPR and Marseille can finalise the deal in the next few days. My heart is already in the Velodrome.
“I’m not going to cry about it. Maybe it’s just time to move on. I enjoyed parts of last season and believe I am more than capable of playing this year.
“But the manager doesn’t. Such is life. I have no problem with this as it is my fault I am banned for 12 [10 now] games. When a person makes a decision he has to stand by that. I respect [Mark] Hughes for this.
“I don’t agree but accept his decision. I am not the type of player to sit on the sidelines and take the cash. It’s not me. I could do that for the next three years but it’s not me. I want to play football.
“Hopefully, the QPR fans will accept that.”
The midfielder added: “I offered to resign from the club/contract when I got my ban. @tonyfernandes @Amit_Bhatia99 will testify that I am telling the truth.
“I accepted my punishment from the FA and the club for my behaviour against Manchester City like a man.
“I could have appealed as is my right. I choose not to out of respect.
“But when I returned to the club. I am forced to train away from the first-team. I am stripped of the captaincy. Then, made to train at 3pm. Then, I am hawked around on loan.
“Then, I have my shirt number taken without any notice. Then, I read I wouldn’t have been signed had the current regime been in place.
“I accepted all this. I never once spoke out of turn or angrily towards anybody. I am a man. I can only take so much. I want to leave.
“I hope to move on with my career, with my life. If that is in France, so be it. I don’t want to be disrespectful to QPR but enough is enough.”