Sport : Football

Marseille hint at Barton deal

6th January 2013, 12:10pm

Bet with SkyBet  Transfer Specials. Click here to bet.

Joey Barton: Has impressed at Marseille

Joey Barton: Has impressed at Marseille

Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has praised Joey Barton and suggested the Ligue 1 club would be interested in retaining the midfielder beyond his season-long loan from QPR.

The 30-year-old Barton was sent out on loan by the London club in disgrace this summer following his red card shame at former club Manchester City on the final day of last season, which brought him a 12-match ban.

But Barton has flourished in the south of France where, after being made to serve his ban and wait for a league debut, he has quickly become a key cog in a Marseille side in a three-way tie with Paris St Germain and Lyon at the top of Ligue 1.

And Anigo insisted Barton's impact had come as no surprise to him.

"He was described as an animal, but he is just the opposite. He is funny, intelligent, and he fights for victory," Anigo told L'Equipe.

"We can see that the team has been lifted by his competitive spirit. He is now established as a leader in our group.

"He is very happy here, maybe he has found the right club for him. Should he desire (to stay) it could be very good. We have a very good relationship with his club QPR."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Bet with SkyBet  Transfer Specials. Click here to bet.

Football Videos

    Bournemouth claim award

    Bournemouth claim award

    29-August-2015

    Bournemouth win performance of the week for their first ever victory in the Premier League last Saturday at Upton Park.

    Pulis - Berahino needs protection

    Pulis - Berahino needs protection

    29-August-2015

    Ahead of their game against Stoke, West Brom manager Tony Pulis said that Saido Berahino had been dropped for the game and needed protection amidst speculation over his future at the club.

    De Bruyne to be bench warmer at City?

    De Bruyne to be bench warmer at City?

    29-August-2015

    The Soccer Saturday panel give their thoughts on Kevin de Bruyne's potential move to Manchester City, with Phil Thompson thinking de Bruyne will just be sitting on the sub bench.

    McAuley on Evans deal

    McAuley on Evans deal

    29-August-2015

    Ahead of West Brom's match at Stoke, Gareth McAuley says Jonny Evans would keep the defenders on their toes - if he signs for the club.

    Sky Bet

      • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

    Facebook Favourites