Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has reiterated his commitment to St James Park, despite tweeting yesterday that he would be next to leave after departing Kevin Nolan.
"I have got no ambitions to leave the football club, I don't want to leave the football club,” Barton insisted to Sky Sports News.
“I would love nothing more so than to win a trophy at Newcastle, the same way as a number of players. Whether I get the opportunity to do that is out of my hands.”
Barton admitted to feeling sick at the news that long time friend Nolan is set to depart Newcastle, and then tweeted: “Great player, leader, captain, person, trainer and mostly a friend for life. Devastated to see him SOLD! #mejoseandjonasnext'”
The tweet is telling of ongoing problems between the core of the playing group and Newcastle management, as contract talks continue to stall with Barton and Jose Enrique.
But in hindsight of the twitter comments, Barton said Nolan’s departure from the club would hopefully not be followed with his own.
"Obviously, it would be a great disappointment to lose Kev. He's a great pal and I think he has done fantastically for the football club,” Barton said.
“But this is the game we are in, unfortunately. Sometimes it is a little bit like ships in the night.
"Hopefully, the move breaks down, but if it doesn't, you have got to believe in the process of the football club, and no one player is bigger than the football club.”