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Newcastle boss Pardew counting on Barton for next season

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew isn't worried about losing Joey Barton this summer.

The influential midfielder admits he is likely to leave St James' Park on a free transfer next summer but Pardew is not letting the situation distract him.

Toon boss Pards said: "I have spoken to Joey over the summer. Unfortunately at the moment there is no new contract for him.

"He has a year remaining and I think he will stay for that year.

"My view of it is quite open-ended. I think, like a lot of players, that yearly term contracts in the Premier League are going to be the norm.

"But who is to say that in a year's time that Joey gets a contract he finds acceptable?"

Pardew also expects Barton to build on the impressive form he displayed last term.

He added: "I am hoping he will play better and I don't see why he shouldn't.

"He really had a fantastic season last year."

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