Joey Barton: 'I would love Marseille return as player or coach'

Barton: 'I would love Marseille return'
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Joey Barton reveals that he "would love" to return to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille after being "immediately accepted" by the club's supporters in 2012.

Joey Barton has revealed that he "would love" to return to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille as a player, coach or manager.

The 35-year-old spent the 2012-13 season on loan at the French club after falling out of favour at then-Premier League club Queens Park Rangers.

Barton had been handed a 12-match ban for clashes with Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany in a game against Manchester City on the last day of the previous campaign.

"The supporters immediately accepted me when I arrived," said Barton, speaking in a video posted on the club's official website as part of the documentary Marseille: A Football City.

"They must have perceived something in my character and personality that they liked.

"I'd love one day to pull the jersey on again and if I can't do it as a player then I would love to do it as a coach or manager."

Barton is not able to return to the game until his ban for breaching betting rules ends in June 2018.

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