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Controversial midfielder commits to cause despite recent reports

Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has state that he intends to stay at St James’ Park for the rest of his career.

With the January transfer window looming and the arrival of new manager Alan Pardew, there had been rumours that Barton would be leaving the north east — a £1.5 million deal to West Ham United being widely mooted — but he states this is not the case.

“I have been on record as saying I want to stay here for the rest of my career,” Barton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I was actually laughing about it this morning, saying that I thought £1.5m was a little cheap and if I was them, I would ask for more, and we had a good giggle about it."

Barton added: “People write what they write, it is silly season. I have always gone on record about the affinity I have got with the fans at this football club, and the football club and my fellow players

"Nothing has happened and no-one has told me otherwise, and as far as I'm concerned, thats what's going to happen."

Manager Pardew has also stated that he intends to keep the squad that got Newcastle promoted intact, adding: “I don’t want anyone to go. I’m quite happy with the squad.

“Maybe I would like to add an additional couple of players to push the team and just strengthen us as a group.

“But the starting XI is a strong starting XI and it would be difficult to find somebody to go in there at this time.”

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