Joey Barton has claimed he wants to stay at Newcastle but has not been offered a new contract by the club, who he believes want a "younger, better, cheaper player".
The 28-year-old midfielder has one year remaining on his contract at St James's Park, but has been linked with a move away this summer after his agent, Willie McKay, revealed this week that his client would not be offered a new deal.
Speaking on the twitter account he launched earlier this week, Barton said: "I will tell all when the time is right, basically they want a younger, better, cheaper player............cant blame (owner Mike Ashley) and (managing director Derek Llambias) can you?"
He continued: ".......slight problem is, they dont want to spend any money or pay any wages. Its genius really ha ha
"I am an employee so have to be careful here. Everyone knows i'd love to stay, i get on with (manager Alan Pardew) fine and are dressing room is 1st class..
"if am not offered a new contract, my hands are tied. I will continue to do everything in my power to bring a trophy to St James next season."
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