Reported Leeds target Joey Barton reacts on Twitter to QPR release

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The midfielder has been released by QPR after their relegation, but has nothing but good wishes for the club.

Fresh from his release by Queens Park Rangers, Joey Barton has taken to Twitter to pay credit to the club and its supporters, and wished them luck in their attempts to bounce back from relegation this season.

In a message posted on his Twitter account, the midfielder, who has been linked with a switch Leeds this summer by the Star, posted a picture of him lifting last season's play-off trophy, as well as the following message:

"As you may have seen today it’s been announced that I’ve officially left QPR after four fantastic years. We’ve had some ups and downs together and it’s been a journey of highs and lows but it’s been a great honour to both play for and captain such a terrific club.

I just want to put on record my sincere thanks to the Chairman and board, the managers I’ve played under and my team mates that I’ve played with during my time at the club.

I was devasted that we went down this season but can hold my head high knowing I gave 100% every single time I pulled on the blue and white hoops and hope with everything that the club can bounce back up straight away.

Finally, I want to thank the fans. You’ve stuck by me through thick and thin and I’ll always remember the support you’ve shown me through difficult times.

I’ll never forget that amazing day at Wembley last May and I wish you all every success in the future. With your support the club has the right foundation to bounce back."

Barton played in 28 of QPR's Premier League games this season, captaining the side in all but three of the fixtures. 

The former Manchester City and Newcastle United star was a key man as the Hoops won promotion from the Championship last season, something that looked unlikely when he was sent out on loan to Marseille after falling out of then manager Mark Hughes' favour.

32-year-old Barton had been linked with a switch to Leeds United while they were under the management of Neil Redfearn, with the Star reporting that the England cap was high on the former Barnsley star's wish list.

Redfearn has now departed Elland Road, with Uwe Rosler coming in, but the German and Barton have a common connection with their time at Manchester City, and there remains speculation that the midfielder is still on United's radar.

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