QPR transfers: I want to end my career at Marseille, says Joey Barton
QPR transfers: Joey Barton insists he wants to spend the rest of his career at Marseille after joining the club on loan in August
Joey Barton has reiterated his desire to end his career at Marseille, with the midfielder on loan from Queens Park Rangers.
The 30-year-old has made four appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit in the Europa League this term, scoring in their 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach last week.
Barton is eligible to make his first league appearance against Lille this weekend after serving a 12-game ban handed out by the FA for violent conduct in QPR’s 3-2 loss to Manchester City in May.
And the former Newcastle man is keen to stay at L’OM, although he admitted his future would ultimately be decided by the French club and QPR.
“I don’t know if I’ll stay. It’s not my decision. It’s between QPR and Marseille,” Barton said.
“If it was my choice, I’d stay here for the rest of my career.
“I love this place and I’ve got a great relationship with people here, the coaching staff, the players and the fans. I feel right at home.”
Hughes last week defended his treatment of Barton and other fringe players at QPR, such as DJ Campbell and Rob Hulse.
“We’ve got a training group of 25. They’re the only players I can pick,” Hughes told West London Sport.
“It can be difficult and you have to have a certain mentality to do it, but we see it as a positive thing because the younger players can be around good players and see how they train.
“Sometimes players won’t be happy with that, but it’s not like we’re sending them out to do laps on their own. I’ve never really done things like that.
“It’s difficult when you have to pick 25, which is what you have to do these days. It’s impossible to keep everyone in that group.”