Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of next season, according to the players’ agent Willie McKay.
The controversial former Man City player has been in talks with the club for much of the second half of this season, but it appears a deal for the 28-year-old is not on the table.
Talking to Sky Sports, McKay said: “I had a meeting with Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley and they have indicated Joey will not be offered a new contract. Joey will continue to be a Newcastle player next season and then he will leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract. He would have loved to have extended his stay at Newcastle, but unfortunately it is not to be.
“Joey has loved his time at Newcastle and nothing will change his commitment for the club next season. Obviously we will be monitoring the situation next January to try and find a new club for Joey as he can speak to clubs from abroad in January.”
Barton signed for the Magpies for £5.8m in 2007, and this season played 32 Premier League games, scoring four goals.