'I want to stay at Marseille for the rest of my career' - Barton

The controversial midfielder, on loan from QPR, wishes to remain with the Ligue 1 outfit and has expressed his gratitude for the opportunity that the club afforded him
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has expressed his desire to see out his career at loan club Marseille and admits he is "truly happy" living and playing in the south of France.

The outspoken midfielder moved to the Ligue 1 club last summer and has made 22 league appearances in a successful season for the side - they secured Champions League football next season with a win in their last game.

Barton cited the negative media coverage directed towards him in England as a reason behind his intention to see out his career in France, with the 30-year-old claiming he will "never forget" the opportunity that Marseille gave him.

"I'm truly happy here, it's a place where I'd like to be for the rest of my career, as long as Marseille want me," he told RMC Sport.

"They gave me an opportunity when everyone was very negative about me in England. I'll never forget that."

Marseille's 2-1 victory over Toulouse also ensured that Barton's side's extremely remote chance of winning Ligue 1 are kept alive, though PSG could dash those hopes with a win over Lyon on Sunday.