QPR’s Harry Redknapp: It’ll be very difficult getting Joey Barton back
QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes the Hoops will find it "very difficult" to convince Joey Barton to turn his back on Marseille
Harry Redknapp believes Queens Park Rangers could struggle to convince Joey Barton to return to west London when the midfielder’s loan spell at Marseille finishes.
The 30-year-old has made no secret of his desire to extend his stay at l’OM beyond the summer despite his Hoops contract not expiring until the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Barton’s loan spell with the Ligue 1 outfit, in Redknapp’s own words, has been a success after scoring once and making three assists in 25 appearances for the 1993 Champions League winners.
And although the QPR boss admits Barton would be a valuable member of his squad in the Championship next season, Redknapp says Barton is keen to stay at the Stade Velodrome outfit, with the two clubs reportedly in talks over a permanent deal.
“Joey has done well. He’s been excellent at Marseille. He’s had a great season for them,” Redknapp told a news conference on Friday.
“He’s been good. I’ve seen Marseille play this year and he’s done ever so well for them.
“If you saw where Joey lived in Marseille, I think it would be very difficult to get him back.
“When you watch Marseille and see the mountains in the background and you drive through the town and see all the boats…
“Joey has a nice lifestyle there. I’d be surprised really if he wanted to come back.”
Redknapp added that he would like Barton in his squad next season, and if QPR and Marseille cannot agree a deal, then the midfielder has no option but to return to Loftus Road and honour his contract.
“I’m not saying I don’t want Joey back. He belongs to the club. If he has to come back, he has to come back.
“He’s a good player and played very well in France. He’s had an excellent season. I get the feeling Joey wants to stay there.
“If it doesn’t work out then has to come back, he’ll be a good player here… He can play, he’s a good footballer. If there’s no deal here, he’ll come back.”