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Barton remains hopeful of OM move

May 14, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Joey Barton has reiterated his desire to remain at Marseille and not return to Queens Park Rangers, but told Le Phoceen that “the situation has not budged”.

Joey Barton
AssociatedJoey Barton hopes Champions League qualification will help him seal a permanent move

Barton, 30, joined Marseille on a season-long loan from QPR last summer, and had frequently declared his hope the move could be made permanent even prior to the West London club’s relegation from the Premier League.

Though OM have also admitted an interest in keeping the former Manchester City and Newcastle United player, they have emphasised the fact they have little say in the matter given the loan agreement does not contain a buy-out clause.

However, with Paris Saint-Germain's defeat of Lyon last Sunday guaranteeing OM second place and qualification for the Champions League group stage, the English midfielder is doubly determined to attempt to remain at the Stade Velodrome.

"Perhaps we're going to be able to find a solution, but it's exactly the same, and I don't want to bore you with a situation that has not budged,” he said. “If we have to finish the season and help the team, my personal situation can wait. There's no hurry.

“Marseille want me, I want to stay. It's just that I belong to another club. It's a bizarre situation, but one which will perhaps soon be resolved. The principle condition was direct qualification for the Champions League."