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Barton wants to finish career at Marseille

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has suggested the midfielder would be part of his plans next season, but the 30-year-old wants to stay with the Ligue 1 side beyond his loan spell

Joey Barton is still hoping to stay at Olympique de Marseille, despite QPR manager Harry Redknapp indicating he would have the midfielder back in his squad.

The former Manchester City and Newcastle man made the loan move to France in August 2012, when Mark Hughes was in charge at Loftus Road.

Redknapp has suggested Barton could yet have a future with the relegation candidates, but the 30-year-old wants to stay in France beyond the end of his loan spell.

"I want to stay here but it does not depend on me," Barton told TF1 after Saturday's victory over Lorient. "I belong to another club. "I had a discussion with QPR and I might stay here, but the most important thing is to qualify for the Champions League. Then we can discuss my future.

"Everyone knows how much I love this club and if it were up to me I would finish my career here."

Redknapp admitted it might be difficult to convince Barton to return to QPR next season.

"Joey has done well," he said. "He’s had a great season for them. He’s a good player but, if you saw where Joey lived in Marseille, I think it would be very difficult to get him back."

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