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QPR Dismiss Joey Barton Exit Speculation

Loftus Road midfielder going nowhere.

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QPR chief Phillip Beard has dismissed speculation that captain Joey Barton will be among the first players moved on by new manager Mark Hughes.

A Sunday newspaper has suggested that the 29-year-old midfielder is unlikely to figure in Hughes’s long-term plans.

But Beard told BBC Sport that he was “flabbergasted” to hear the news.

“I can categorically tell you there’s been no discussions in the time I’ve spent with Mark or his team this week about anyone leaving,” he added.

“[Barton] is the captain, he came in the summer and is part of the building work we want to do.

“He has been fantastic in my six months at the club.”

SOURCE: BBC Sport

It would indeed be most odd for Mark Hughes to arrive at Loftus Road and then look to offload one of the West London club’s best players, even if he can prove something of a headache off the field of play.

Joey Barton will miss Hughes’s first match in charge of the Super Hoops away at Newcastle United today due to the red card he controversially picked up following an off the ball incident with Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is said to be ready to hand Hughes a large transfer kitty as he looks to the Welshman to keep the West London club safe from the drop.

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