Barton: Marseille move off

The 29-year-old midfielder is currently without a squad number

at Loftus Road having been served with a 12-match Football

Association suspension following his sending off at Manchester City

last season.

Manager Mark Hughes also stripped the one-time England

international of the captaincy and, as a result, talk of a surprise

move to France surfaced.

But it now appears the transfer may have hit the rocks after

Barton tweeted this morning: “Doesn’t look like this Marseille

thing is gonna happen now. ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you make you

stronger’ #heartbroken.

“Why can’t things just be simple…”

Having criticised Hughes and been ostracised from the first-team

squad, former Manchester City and Newcastle man Barton will now

return to training with Rangers but he could find himself in

further hot water after adding: “Been forced to go back training

with the kids and fellow Taliban members at 2pm today…

“Maybe this is time to dumb down and be dishonest. It seems to

take you a long way in this game… “

QPR have so far declined to comment.