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Mbia angling for Marseille return

May 6, 2013
By ESPN staff

Stephane Mbia has suggested that he is already thinking about a return to Marseille following Queens Park Rangers' relegation from the Premier League.

Stephane Mbia QPR
PA PhotosSeemingly seeking a way out of QPR

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Mbia, 26, signed for QPR from Marseille last summer, with midfielder Joey Barton heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.

QPR's demotion to the Championship was confirmed after their 0-0 draw with Reading, and Cameroon international Mbia has since contacted Barton to see if he would be interested in trading places.

He wrote: "@Joey7Barton: Do you want to rechange (sic) your seat with me?"

Mbia then removed the tweet, only to repost the proposition to Barton once more, while explaining his stance.


Responding to Mbia's original message, Barton wrote: "How do I answer this politically? Er...Nope (sic).

"If you go down with a team, you should stay and help them up mate. They need you all to stick together and help them back."

Of the matter, QPR's head of media & communications, Ian Taylor, wrote on Twitter: "Thanks for the tweets. Aware of the Mbia tweets and have been working on it all afternoon and will continue doing so."