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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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!”