'I am not leaving' - Joey Barton pledges future to QPR

Recent speculation suggested the Rangers captain was looking to end his six-month stay at Loftus Road, but the 29-year-old has confirmed he is fully behind new boss Mark Hughes
QPR captain Joey Barton has rubbished speculation surrounding his future at the club by stating he has no plans to exit Loftus Road.

Following recent reports that new boss Mark Hughes was prepared to offload the 29-year-old, the manager came out Sunday to dismiss any claims that he was willing to sell Barton.

After the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, Hughes said: "I’ve seen the story about Joey, but there is no suggestion we want to sell him. Joey is quality and I am looking to bring in quality, not lose it."

Now, the former Manchester City midfielder has taken to Twitter to confirm that he is fully behind the club's new coach, and that he has no intention of departing the west London outfit.

Speaking via the social networking site, Barton said: "Mark Hughes and his backroom team are very good. The camp is buzzing and I am not leaving.

"We are all looking forward to the challenge ahead. Not going to be easy, it never is. Thats all relevant footy questions answered......"

Rangers currently lie in 18th place in the Premier League and face an FA Cup third round replay against MK Dons at Loftus Road this Tuesday.