Barton's message to QPR: I want to leave.
Joey Barton took to twitter on Sunday to tell the world of his desire to head to the sunny south of France to play for the surprisingly high-flying Marseille.
The Queens Park Rangers midfielder has been rumored to make the move across the Channel for a number of days and last night Barton let lose on twitter discussing his thoughts on the possible move.
“When u get treated the way I have been ie captaincy, shirt number, banishment from 1st team squad etc. I wouldn't of thought I'd be rushing back. Do u? #cantwaittomoveon,” began Barton on Sunday night.
“I am hopefully that things will be sorted out soon. Other clubs are in but I only want to play in Marseille. This is the place for me...”
Barton is currently banned from English football for ten games after kicking Sergio Aguero and attempting to head-butt Vincent Kompany in last season’s thrilling title decider against Manchester City, but the former Newcastle and City player would be able to play immediately in France’s Ligue 1.
After stating that he wants to move on from his time at QPR, Barton decided to enlighten his twitter followers of some of the discussions that have taken place at Loftus road regarding the 29-year-olds future.
“Not gonna cry about it. Maybe it's just time to move on. I enjoyed parts of last season and believe I am more than capable of playing this year. But the manager doesn't. Such is life. I have no problem with this as it’s my fault I am banned for 12(10 now) games.
“I am not the type of player to sit on the sidelines and take the cash. It's not me. I could do that for the next 3 years but it's not me. I want to play football.
“Hopefully, the QPR fans will accept that. I offered to resign from the club/contract when I got my ban. @tonyfernandes @Amit_Bhatia99 will testify that I am telling the truth. I accepted my punishment from the FA and the club for my behaviour against Man City like a man.”
Finally Joey detailed the reasons behind his desire to leave the London side before sending a clear and frank message to his manager Mark Hughes.
“I am forced to train away from the 1st team. I am stripped of the captaincy. Then, made to train at 3pm Then, I am hawked around on loan. Then, I have my shirt number taken without any notice. Then, I read I wouldn't of been signed had the current regime been in place. I accepted all this. I never once spoke out of turn or angrily towards anybody. I am a man. I can only take so much.
“I want to leave.”