He said: “I’d just like to thank the West Ham fans who sent me a lot of kind messages on social media and especially on Twitter. Obviously with a character like myself there's one or two who are not so kind or complimentary, that's kind of par for the course with me these days.”
He is a player who divides opinion, and Barton himself has admitted that he received both positive and negative messages from the Irons faithful when the news broke about a move.
It is good to see the club listen to their fans and pull out of the deal, as it means they are retaining a sense of the identity which makes West Ham the club they are.
Barton would have gone against various ideals represented by them, and although he is a good footballer - much better than many give him credit for - it is not worth sacrificing identity for a talented player.
Barton continued to discuss the move admitting that he has no hard feelings about the move not coming around, even if he felt he could have offered something to the Hammers.
“I felt West Ham as a football club certainly would have been a good fit for me,” he added. “It’s a ground I've always enjoyed playing at, a really knowledgeable crowd, really passionate behind the football team. It's exciting times for the West Ham fans. I just wanted to wish you all the best in the future and no hard feelings.”