Barton targets Marseille stay: I don’t want to play for any other football club
The 30-year-old has spent the year out on loan at Élie Baup’s side in Ligue 1 and remains adamant that he will not return to parent club QPR
On-loan midfielder Joey Barton has reiterated his desire to stay at Olympique de Marseille permanently when his temporary spell comes to an end, rather than return to parent club QPR in the summer.
The 30-year-old left Loftus Road in the summer under a cloud of controversy following a £75,000 fine and 12-match ban for three counts of violent conduct against Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Carlos Tevez on the final day of last season
And now, having made 19 league appearances for the Ligue 1 title-chasing outfit this season, Barton is content with life at Marseille and is hopeful that his future remains in France.
“As a football player I don’t want to play for any other football club,” Barton told French Football Weekly.
“For Marseille, for me to stay here. It suits everyone – it suits me, the fans love me, and I love them. I think they see that you care
“I don’t need any convincing. For me, I’m more than happy to stay here. I envisage myself playing for another six-eight years, I won’t retire, they’ll have to carry me off the pitch.”
Marseille currently sit in second place in the current Ligue 1 table, nine points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain with six games of the campaign left to play.