Joey Barton wants Marseille stay

Joey Barton wants Marseille stay
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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton says that if it were up to him he would join Marseille on a permanent basis.

Joey Barton has said that he wants to join Marseille on a permanent basis.

The 30-year-old midfielder moved to the Stade Velodrome on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.

He has yet to make an appearance in Ligue 1 because his 12-match ban for misconduct during the Hoops' final-day defeat to Manchester City was transferred to the French Football Federation in September.

However, he has made four appearances in the Europa League and is enjoying his time on the South East coast of France.

"I still have a lot of respect for my teammates," he said. "I do not play for money but for my club. If I were the one to decide, I would stay at Marseille."

Barton is under contract at QPR until June 2015.

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