Marseille dream lingers for Joey

Barton has called on Rangers to finalise a deal that will see

him move to the Ligue 1 giants, claiming he can “only take so much”

after being frozen out at Loftus Road.

The outspoken 29-year-old took to Twitter where, across 15

emotive tweets, he expressed his desire to leave QPR and move to

France, having had a dramatic fall from grace at a club he has been

at for just a year.

Currently serving a 12-game suspension following his now

infamous sending off against Manchester City last season, the

one-time England international was stripped of both the captaincy

and his squad number by manager Mark Hughes over the summer.

As a result, talk of a move to the Stade Velodrome surfaced,

something Barton was initially coy about.

But on Sunday night, in the wake of Elie Baup’s men’s 1-0 win at

Montpellier, he decided to bare his soul to his 1.6million

followers on the social network site, writing: “Marseille won again

as well. Allez les Marseillais. Maybe I’ll see you all this

week?”

Not content with that little teaser, he continued: “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.

“Hopefully QPR and Marseille can finalise the deal in the next

few days. My heart is already in the Velodrome.”

Barton has endured something of a chequered time as a QPR player

since arriving from Newcastle a year ago.

He was made captain by then manager Neil Warnock, but then

turned on the veteran on Twitter once he was sacked.

He retained the armband under Hughes, but was sent off in the

final game of the season at Manchester City following a string of

unsavoury on-field clashes, with the dismissal bringing about the

ban he is currently serving and the exile he finds himself in.

On Sunday night, though, he criticised Hughes’ actions – despite

accepting them – and claimed he has been “hawked” around, while

also taking issue with the conditions he claims Rangers have

imposed upon him.

He added: “Not gonna 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 its my fault I am banned for 12

(10 now) games. When a person (makes) a decision he has to stand by

that. I respect 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 3 years but

it’s not me. I want to play football.

“Hopefully, the QPR fans will accept that. I offered to resign

from the club/contract when I got my ban. (owner) @tonyfernandes

(vice chairman) @Amit-Bhatia99 will testify that I am telling the

truth.

“I accepted my punishment from the FA and the club for my

behaviour against Man City like a man.

“I could of 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 1st 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 of 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

“Good night people. I’ve said enough for today. I’ll get in

trouble. No doubt. But this is how it is. This is life!”