Joey Barton: 'I could have caused problems at QPR to seal Marseille move'

Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton in action during the match against Sheffield Wednesday on August 3, 2013
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Joey Barton says that he decided against 'causing trouble' for Queens Park Rangers in order to push through a permanent move to Marseille.

Joey Barton has claimed that he could have "caused problems" for Queens Park Rangers in a bid to push through a permanent move to Marseille.

The former Newcastle United midfielder has been open about his desire to return to the Ligue 1 outfit following a loan stint last season.

Despite wanting a permanent transfer, QPR demanded a fee for the midfielder, but Marseille were understood to have failed to meet their valuation.

"I am 31, I am not young, I have a certain salary and to pay a fee for an old guy like me, that is asking a lot," Barton told L'Equipe.

"I could have caused problems here at the club so they would let me go. I even think that would have worked, but I am not that kind of guy. I have never done that at a club in my career."

Barton has been praised for his performances in the Championship this season since returning to Loftus Road.

Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton in action during the match against Sheffield Wednesday on August 3, 2013
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