Former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has said that he sees his future at QPR after managing to put behind his troubles with the club’s board. QPR were recently promoted back to the Premier league after just one season in the Championship. Barton was one of the key players in the campaign after managing to re-establish himself as one of the important players in the team. The player, who is often perceived as a troublemaker, was sent to French club Marseille on a season-long loan deal in the previous campaign.
After having firmly established itself in QPR’s team, Barton sees no reason in having to leave Harry Redknapp’s men ahead of the new Premier League season. Barton is expected to be a key player once again since Redknapp will be able to take advantage of his immense experience. At 33 years of age, Barton has a wealth of experience of playing against the top teams. He is a player who often produces his best against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. When asked about the troubles with QPR in the last 24 months, Barton accepted that things have not been smooth but he is confident that the relationship will be perfect going forward.
“It’s well-documented what has gone on in the last 12 months but before that I was almost certain that I wasn’t going to be there. The rapport with everyone at the football club and the fans wasn’t ideal. Then there’s been this insane turnaround and I feel really settled, really comfortable, I’m really enjoying my football and really enjoying being there. I think it was a process of them learning a bit about me and me obviously changing a little bit of my style. But also me learning a lot about them,” said Barton.