QPR midfielder Joey Barton says he's "too clever" to be a footballer!

Barton, on-loan with Marseille, made the revelation in the French media.

Barton said: "Perhaps I shouldn't say it, but I'm maybe a little too intelligent to be a footballer."

The claims in a French newspaper attracted derision from former Arsenal and Manchester United player Mikael Silvestre.

On Twitter, he wrote: "The uneducated Joey Barton is fascinating for the degree of his stupidity, his ego and his megalomania!"