QPR dismiss Barton exit talk

Speculation has been rife regarding the former Newcastle

midfielder and current R’s captain, with new boss Mark Hughes ready

to stamp his own authority on the team.

But Beard insists the 29-year-old will remain a QPR player as

the club strives to avoid relegation.

Beard said: “I can categorically tell you there have been no

discussions in the time I’ve spent with Mark or his team this week

about anyone leaving.

“Barton is the captain, he came in the summer and is part of the

building work we want to do. He has been fantastic in my six months

at the club.”