QPR midfielder Barton reaffirms Marseille stay hopes

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has reaffirmed hopes of staying with Olympique Marseille.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has reaffirmed hopes of staying with Olympique Marseille.

Barton is currently on a season-long loan at Marseille after being banned for 12 matches for violent conduct against Manchester City last season.

But it is unlikely he will return to Rangers after enjoying his time overseas.

He said: “It didn’t end in great circumstances in West London for me.

“I know there has been a change in terms of the management structure, but something like that, and what goes on around that, lives with you beyond a managerial change.

“I haven’t closed my mind to it although I would really like to stay here. I’ve been welcomed here with opens arms by everyone at the club.

“I’m in a good space mentally. I’ve held preliminary talks with Marseille about extending my stay here.

“They have asked me whether I would stay beyond the loan period.

“The likelihood is, unless there is a massive turnaround in fortunes, QPR will be in the Championship next season.”

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