Olympique de Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has said that Joey Barton will join him as a "bad guy" at the Ligue 1 club.
After securing a loan move for the former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR midfielder, Anigo defended the controversial 30-year-old, who was banned for 12 matches by the Football Association for a red card and subsequent rampage on the final day of the 2011-12 Premier League season.
"Joey is a smart boy," Anigo said.
"Despite being typecast as a bad guy, he is a good player. I'm no longer alone as a bad guy here because he will join me."
On Monday, Ousmane Dabo had branded the Liverpool-born midfielder a "coward" over his version of events concerning a training ground fight between the pair in 2007.
Barton received a four-month suspended prison sentence for his part in the confrontation, which left his former team-mate with a detached retina.
But Barton hit back on his Twitter account, saying that it was time to "move on" from the incident.
"Next time he should think twice about throwing his weight about. That's all I have to say about this chap. I have moved on," he posted.
Should Barton return to English football later in his career, he will have to serve the outstanding nine games of his most recent suspension.