Joey Barton Desperate To Leave QPR And Join Marseille

Misfit takes to twitter…yet again.

The 29-year-old, who is currently serving a 12-match ban from English football as a punishment for a red card and his subsequent conduct on the final day of last season against Manchester City,launched a stunning tirade of tweets after saying his heart was “already in the Velodrome” – Marseille’s stadium.

Barton tweeted: “Not gonna cry about it. Maybe it’s just time to move on. I enjoyed parts of last season and believe I am more than capable of playing this year. But the manager doesn’t. Such is life.

“I have no problem with this as it’s my fault I am banned for 12(10 now) games.”

He also added that while he respects QPR manager Mark Hughes, he does not agree with the way he has been treated since the ban.

Barton claims he offered the QPR board his resignation in light of his suspension: “I am not the type of player to sit on the sidelines and take the cash. It’s not me. I could do that for the next three years but it’s not me. I want to play football. Hopefully, the QPR fans will accept that.”

Barton then tweeted that he was “forced to train away” from the first team, “stripped of the captaincy”, sent out on loan and had his shirt number taken “without any notice”.

He added: “I never once spoke out of turn or angrily towards anybody. I am a man. I can only take so much. I want to leave. I hope to move on with my career, with my life. If that is in France, so be it. I don’t want to be disrespectful to QPR but enough is enough.

“Good night people. I’ve said enough for today. I’ll get in trouble. No doubt. But this is how it is. This is life!”

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Joey Barton’s days at QPR appear to be numbered after the outspoken midfielder took to twitter to reveal he wants to join Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, admitting that Hoops’ boss Mark Hughes has lost faith in him.

Barton may well be out of sight this season but he is unlikely to remain out of mind while he continues to air his thoughts to his 1.6 million twitter followers. There will be a good deal of people happy to see Barton leave the Premier League but others may miss his bizarre, often non-sensical social-network rants.

The problem with Barton is that he has become accustomed to making the headlines through twitter, rather than his exploits on the football field.

He remains a half-decent footballer and if he can get his head down at Marseille, he will undoubtedly prove a hit with the French club’s fans, as they look to bounce back from a hugely disappointing season last year, which saw them finish mid-table and miss out on European football.

While the Marseille faithful may welcome the Liverpudlian to France, French football pundit Ousmane Dabo may not be so happy to see Barton arrive. The pair famously clashed whilst both at Man City and Barton ended up in court after serious injurying his French teammate.

It is one of several off-field incidents that suggest Marseille are taking a serious risk by bringing the 29-year-old to France. Still, it might just pay off.

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