QPR transfers: Marseille deny agreement with Joey Barton
QPR transfers: Marseille president Vincent Labrune denies l'OM have agreed a deal with Joey Barton over a permanent switch
Marseille have not reached an agreement with Joey Barton over the permanent signing of the midfielder, according to l’OM’s president Vincent Labrune.
The 30-year-old has scored once in 25 appearances for Marseille after completing a season-long loan to the Stade Velodrome from Queens Park Rangers in August.
On Tuesday, Barton, whose Hoops contract runs until 2015, claimed that he had already agreed a deal with Marseille to extend his stay at the Ligue 1 outfit.
But Marseille president Vincent Labrune rubbished Barton’s claims, insisting the one-time England international’s future is in the hands of the west London side.
“We wouldn’t be against the idea of keeping Joey Barton at OM, but we’re not at all in a position to set the tempo,” Labrune told 20 Minutes.
“He belongs to QPR. He’s a player who’s on loan without a buy-out clause, so we absolutely don’t have any say in the matter. There is, in any case, no such deal as Joey Barton has suggested.”
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes also insisted Barton could not decide his own future, with over two years remaining on the midfielder’s current deal.
Fernandes posted on Twitter: “For the record QPR players under contract cannot decide where they play. They are under CONTRACT.”