Joey Barton hopes he can stay at Marseille rather than return to QPR
Joey Barton has reiterated his desire to stay at Marseille rather than return to Queens Park Rangers.
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Last Updated: 25/05/13 12:53pm
Barton's loan spell with Marseille will come to an end in Sunday's final Ligue 1 game of the season against Reims, but he is hoping it will be no farewell appearance.
The 30-year-old QPR midfielder has spent the year with the French side after joining them for a nominal loan fee but his future remains unclear as he continues to negotiate with his parent club, who say they want him to return for their Championship campaign following relegation from the Premier League.
Having played 32 matches for Marseille in all competitions and helped them to the runners-up spot behind big-spending Paris St Germain, Barton says he would like to make a permanent move to the south of France.
"For the first time in my life I'm very happy, really content," Barton told www.ligue1.com.
"The fans have accepted me into their hearts and that means a lot to me.
"I get the impression my work here isn't finished yet. The French and the fans haven't seen the true Barton, I expect more from myself.
"I want to do a lot more for the club. When I saw the Parisians celebrating their title, I was jealous. I would like that to happen in Marseille at the Old Port. We can do it next year."