Marseille unsure of Barton return

Joey Barton’s future is currently uncertain, according to Sky Sports, with Marseille, who took the 30-year-old on loan from Queens Park Rangers last season, not sure on whether he will make a return.

The French club’s coach, Eric Baup, has said that while the two clubs have agreed a deal for Barton, everything rests with QPR, explaining: “Joey Barton’s comeback? I do not know how it will evolve,” Baup told L’Equipe. “The club and the player agreed about the challenge ahead, but he still belongs to QPR.

After making a total of 33 appearances in all competitions for Marseille last season, and scoring one goal, both player and club appear keen on Barton returning on a permanent basis. However, it stills remains to be seen if Harry Redknapp is looking to include Barton in his first-team plans at QPR next season.

Barton endured a tough first season at Loftus Road after arriving from Newcastle United in August 2011, despite being awarded the captaincy by then-manager Neil Warnock upon arrival. It culminated in a sending off on the final day of the 2011-12 season, which resulted in a 12-game ban, leading to the loan deal with Marseille.

The decision now lies with QPR, where Barton still has two years left on his contract, and especially after the club’s relegation to the Championship, a return to France is still possible.

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