QPR dismiss Barton exit talk

QPR dismiss Barton exit talk

Published Jan. 15, 2012 7:15 a.m. ET

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."