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QPR’s Joey Barton Says Loan Move To Marseille Is Off

Barton could remain at Loftus Road.

Joey Barton could be set to remain at QPR this season after revealing that his loan move to Marseille is off.

The outspoken midfielder is currently serving a twelve match ban after being sent off on the final day of last season against Man City but appeared close to sealing a surprise loan move to the Lige 1 outfit.

But the 29-year-old wrote on twitter: “Doesn’t look like this Marseille thing is going to happen now.”

He added: “Been forced to go back to training with the kids”.

Barton has kept his 1.6 million followers constantly updated via the social networking site this summer and said recently that Hoops’ boss Mark Hughes had lost faith in him.

The Liverpudlian also stressed that he was keen to join Marseille, saying last week. “Hopefully QPR and Marseille can finalise the deal in the next few days. My heart is already in the Velodrome [Marseille’s stadium].”

The French club were reportedly willing to include centre-half Stephane Mbia in part of the deal to take Barton across the Channel but both moves now appear to have broken down.

It leaves Barton facing the prospect of a lengthy exile with the youth team at Loftus Road, with the former Man City and Newcastle player seemingly not a part of Hughes’ plans.

Barton has already been stripped of the captaincy and fined six weeks’ wages this summer and spent a week training at League Two club Fleetwood Town after being omitted from the R’s pre-season tour of Malaysia.

Hughes will be desperate to find a new club for Barton before Friday’s deadline or risk being lumbered with the trouble-making star until at least January.


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