The hot-cold Joey Barton’s tranfer saga has been ongoing for a while now, but the should finally reach a climax this week with the midfielder set for a move from QPR to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.
Barton took to his personal Twitter account to tell of his desire to leave QPR and move to France. The former Newcastle man poured his heart out over a number of tweets explaining how his manager Mark Hughes has never really liked him, even before the infamous red card on the final game of last season which resulted in his 12 game ban.
He went onto explain that he offered to rip his contract up at the beginning of the season, having been made clear that he was not involved in QPR’s plans this season. “I
“Hopefully the QPR fans will accept that. I offered to resign from the club/contract when I got my ban. Tony Fernandes (owner) and Amit Bhatia vice chairman) will testify I am telling the truth.”
Despite his misdemeanours, the fact he has offered to cancel his contract and not sit around at a club where he is not wanted, shows Barton still has the hunger to play football. Too many modern day footballers seem to happily take their massive wages every week knowing they have a very slim chance of actually playing regular football.
The 29 year old midfielder did state that the fact he is banned for another 10 games was completely and utterly his own fault and that it shouldn’t of happened. But after being stripped of the captaincy and banished from the first team squad, either training at 3pm away from the first team, or training with Fleetwood Town, it’s clear his future is not at Loftus Road.
The final straw came when Barton’s squad number was given to new signing Ryan Nelsen, with the ex-skipper claiming it was done without his knowledge.
It seems as if Queen’s Park Rangers have very much excluded their former star midfielder and almost left him in football wilderness. Yes, the fact Barton is unavailable to play is very much his own fault but with him excluded from all first team activities, and his name circulated to across Europe for a possible loan move, the former Newcastle skipper must feel hard done by that his club have not given him a second chance.
After QPR’s dire performance against Swansea last week, Hughes decided to field a more solid, compact team against Norwich this weekend, favouring the likes of Jamie Mackie and Diakite over Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adel Taarabt.
Whether Hughes wants to play free-flowing football, or set his team up to be hard to beat like Saturday against Norwich, Barton is more than capable of playing in either side, with his fantastic set piece deliveries and tough tackling approach.
It’s a bold move for Hughes to freeze him out from the first team picture, only time will tell to see whether it’s the correct move, with the no nonsense midfielder set to try his luck abroad.
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