Joey Barton demanding move away from QPR
The midfielder claims he ‘can only take so much’ after being frozen out by manager, Mark Hughes.
“I am hopeful that things will be sorted out soon,” he tweeted. “I only want to play in Marseille. This is the place for me.
“I could have appealed as is my right, I chose not to out of respect. But when I returned to the club, I was forced to train away from the first team.
“I was stripped of the captaincy, then made to train at 3pm. Then, I was hawked around on loan.
“I [also] had my shirt number taken without any notice. Then, I read I wouldn’t have been signed had the current regime been in place.
“I accepted all of 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.
“I hope to move on with my career, with my life. If that is in France, so be it. I don’t want to be disrespectful to QPR but enough is enough.”
A move to Marseille is said to have been agreed in principle last week with French defender Stephane M’Bia making the switch to Loftus Road. Barton made 32 appearances in a QPR shirt, including the well publicised encounter with Manchester City on the final day of last season.
The 20-year-old has been training with League Two club, Fleetwood Town although a permanent move never materialised.
“Not gonna cry about it,” he added. “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. When a person makes a decision he has to stand by that.
“I respect Hughes for this. I don’t agree but I accept his decision.
“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 three years but it’s not me. I want to play football.”
“Hopefully QPR and Marseille can finalise the deal in the next few days,” he added. “My heart is already in the Velodrome.”