Joey Barton says he could have caused trouble at QPR to force move to Marseille

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Joey Barton has revealed he could have "caused problems" at Queens Park Rangers in a bid to secure a move to Marseille.


Barton admits he could understand Marseille's reluctance to pay a fee for him due to his age after QPR chairman Fernandes refused to let him leave on a free transfer. "Why didn't I stay? It was complex," added Barton. "At first I was optimistic. I had a big problem with the former QPR manager [Mark Hughes] before leaving for Marseille and when I came back in the summer, the situation was very difficult. "The club had just been relegated and had to sell players. So I was confident. I told myself: 'I will work during training-sessions, remaining discreet and in the end I will leave to go back to Marseille and it will be fine'. "We had an agreement with l'OM. I talked to Harry Redknapp too. He told me he understood why I wanted to leave and he would not prevent me. But then, the QPR chairman refused to let me leave as free agent. "He asked Marseille to pay a transfer fee and it was not possible. The agreement I had with l'OM was I had to be free agent. "I can understand why l'OM didn't pay to sign me. I am 31-years-old, not so young, I have good wages, so paying a fee for an old player like me, it was too much. "

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