Barton grew up supporting Everton and his ties to the club remain strong.
He said: "I don't know whether the fans see me as the Evertonian that got away or what. I was there when I was a youngster and have had a couple of chances to go back and it's never been right.
"But it's my club and when I stop playing it still will be. My family are all Evertonians and it's a game I look for as soon as the fixtures come out.
"When I was a kid they always seemed to be fighting relegation. But my dad would get the video of the 1985 Cup Winners' Cup final victory against Rapid Vienna to show me why I should always be an Evertonian. I must have seen the video of it 4,000 times."