Joey Barton celebrates Burnley move on Twitter

Joey Barton

The ex Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder has signed a one-year deal at Turf Moor after leaving QPR in June.

New Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has taken to Twitter to emphasise his delight at completing a move to Turf Moor, having been released by QPR earlier in the summer.

The controversial one-time England cap had been linked to several clubs in both the Premier League and Championship over the last few months, and saw a move to West Ham cancelled at the last minute. But he will be playing is football with the Clarets next season after Sean Dyche sold the project to the 32-year-old. 

The former Newcastle and Manchester City player praised the Burnley boss as the "most impressive guy I've sat in front of for a long, long time" in quotes appearing on BBC Sport.

"We spoke at length about football over lunch. I knew as soon as I left his house that I wanted to play for Burnley," the midfielder added.

Dyche himself assured supporters that despite various problems Barton has had off the field and relating to discipline over his career, the Clarets were bringing in a top player.

“I’m delighted that we have Joey on board," Dyche told the club website.

“He was very respectful when speaking about our club at the end of last season and during the summer.

“We had many conversations and he made it clear he was very interested in what we are about and that coming here was something he would consider.

“He is player who is in demand and who others think highly of. I know there is other stuff to his life and character, but on the pitch I think everyone speaks well of him and he is certainly someone who I think can get the culture and the understanding of what we do here.”

Barton helped QPR earn promotion in his last season in the Championship just over a year ago, and there is little doubt that ability wise, he has more than enough to offer an ambitious club in that division. 

He has made 369 appearances over his career, scoring 32 times, though has operated in more of a withdrawn role in recent years than he did earlier in his career.

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