Barton wants Marseille stay amid Premier League interest

The QPR midfielder, on loan in Ligue 1, says he has received an offer from the French club and wants to sign with them despite having more financially attractive alternatives
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has revealed there is interest in him from Premier League clubs, but insists he wants to stay at Marseille when his loan deal expires.

The 30-year-old signed for the Loftus Road club in 2011 under Neil Warnock, but after earning a 12-match suspension on the final day of the 2011-12 season, he subsequently left on loan to Ligue 1.

Barton says he is happy in France and wants to stay - despite there being more financially attractive offers to move back to the Premier League.

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"Marseille made me an offer," Barton told L'Equipe. "I can't say I'm indispensable! But it is also a recognition of my attitude every day.

"We'll talk with Vincent [Labrune, president]. I have a two-year contract with QPR which complicates everything. Otherwise, I would not even be asking the question.

"I also have more financially attractive offers in the Premier League, but I'd rather stay here. Money is not a problem. At QPR I get £70,000 per week, here it's between £100,000 and £130,000 per month.

"But all I know is that Marseille supported me when no-one else did, and that is worth more than money.

"I think QPR will let me go. The say the opposite, obviously, but there will not be compensation. There is a clause in the contract I signed that says if Marseille wnat to keep me, they will not have to pay a transfer fee. QPR deny this clause exists.

"I [would] find it hard to return to QPR. They dropped me when I had my suspension. It would be like going back to a girl who cheated on you. How can I wear the QPR shirt?

"The Premier League is very different. In England, you play against the best players in the world every week. In France, no disrespect, I do not know most of the players I play against."