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Willie McKay has taken responsibility for the midfielder’s failure to report for pre-season work as he told the 30-year-old he was due back on Wednesday, not Monday

Joey Barton’s agent, Willie McKay, claims he’s responsible for the midfielder turning up for QPR’s pre-season two days late.

Rangers’ boss Harry Redknapp claimed Barton had received “the same information as every other player”, which was to report to training on Monday July 1.

However Barton, who is looking to secure a return to French club Marseille, turned up to training two days late and later sarcastically wrote on Twitter: “I am brilliant at a lot of things but telepathy isn’t one.”

Now, his agent Willie McKay has taken blame for the whole debacle by claiming he told the 30-year-old his was due back at QPR on Wednesday July 3.

“It’s my fault – I told Joey that it was Wednesday,” he told Telegraph Sport. “There is no way he would want to report late for pre-season.”