According to the Daily Mail, Joey Barton was looking for a move away from QPR, just days before they suffered a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City to guarantee their relegation to the Championship.
Barton spent a season on loan in Ligue 1 with the French club, and he was said to be pushing for a move away from QPR so as to not play in the second tier, with his agent in talks with Marseille president Vincent Labrune.
In the report, Labrune said: “The agent called me last week to offer me Joey for next year but I don’t think so. We are focused on the young players. We love Joey here, he left us with fantastic memories, but no, the only market we are interested in from England is the very young player.”
Barton made 33 appearances for the club when on loan at the Stade Velodrome, but Labrune has ruled out signing the 32-year-old again.
It appears as if Barton will still be with QPR next term, plying his trade in the Championship, but having pushed for a move away, it suggests that he does not want to be at Loftus Road.
This is certainly a worrying revelation for the R’s, as what kind of team wants a player at their club who actively forced a move away just days before a vital game in their season, and will hardly play at full capacity in a division in which he has no desire to play.
Barton may not get the move to Marseille that he wants, but after the revelations concerning him forcing a move away, QPR should look to get rid of him this summer anyway.