Joey Barton wanted back at QPR
By Owen McMahon
Marseille midfielder Joey Barton is expected back at QPR next season says club chairman Tony Fernandes.
The QPR chairman says that unless Marseille put an offer in for the Englishman, he is very much still a Queens Park Rangers player, as he is still under contract at the club. The 49 year old also stated that Joey would be a "very useful player" next season for the club.
"He helped Newcastle (out of the Championship). Some would say we lacked his fighting spirit in the midfield."
However, he also says that if Marseille are willing to talk about the possible transfer of the player, he will sit down and talk with them.
"That has to be a financial deal which would have to be worked out if he wants to go to Marseille, but as far as I am concerned he is a QPR player and in the summer he will come back."
Manager Harry Redknapp is also expected to stay on as manager next season, after successful talks with Fernandes as they look to regain promotion back into the Premier League next season.
"We have been through it. There are many players we want to keep, some players we think don't want to stay and some players who are going to move on, but it is not insurmountable." Said the QPR chairman.
"I am a positive person. People would say I am not realistic, but if you go through player by player, we will sort them out."