Marseille's Barton: I only joined QPR for money

Olympique Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has no interest in returning to parent club QPR.

Olympique Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has no interest in returning to parent club QPR.

New Hoops’ manager Harry Redknapp has a reputation for kick-starting the careers of football’s troubled souls – but Barton has burnt all of his bridges at Loftus Road and his year-long loan to Marseille contains no call-back option.

Barton told the People: “When I went to QPR it was a choice dictated by money. I didn’t like what I had done, and I swore I’d never do that again.

“It was the first time in my life that I had taken a decision for money. I did it because my partner was due to give birth – but I did not feel good about it."

Bad-boy Barton said: “The more money you have, the more problems you have. When I was in prison I got £7 a week, and that was simpler – you’d use the £7 to buy food and that was it.”

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