Barton eyes Marseille stay

Joey Barton has revealed to French newspaper L’Equipe that he would very much like to make his move to Marseille permanent beyond his current season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, reports Sky Sports.

The 30-year-old Liverpudlian has stated that he has a clause in his contract which would allow him to make the move to the Ligue 1 club permanently. “I hope to stay here,” Barton has told the newspaper.

When I came, my idea was to become the best player in France. I was not this season, but I didn’t see anything that would make me believe I could not become the best.”

The controversial Barton’s first season at QPR last term ended acrimoniously and the midfielder received a 12-match ban for a sending-off during the eventful final weekend match at the Etihad Stadium.

A return to the West London club is not considered to be a viable option by Barton, who was previously involved in a controversial exit from former club Newcastle before his move to Loftus Road.

I could hardly go back to QPR, which dropped me in it when I had an incident,” Barton added. “It would be like going back to a girlfriend who betrayed me.

Despite taking the suspension across the Channel with him and also being disrupted by injury, Barton has made 31 appearances for Marseille this season.

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