Neil Warnock has sung the praises of Joey Barton, with the QPR manager insisting the summer signing has had a positive affect on the squad both on and off the pitch.

Barton made the move to Loftus Road in the last weekend of the transfer window, after the midfielder had a series of disagreements with the Newcastle board and was refused a new contract.

And while some have said that Barton can be unsettling with the controversy that he brings, Warnock believes the opposite is true, with the 29-year-old adding some fire to his teammates.


"Training has improved 50% since he's been at the club," Warnock told the Daily Mail.

"He's far more articulate and clever than people give him credit for and I think he will have a career in the media when he's finished playing."

The QPR manager quipped: "He's come on so much in such a short space of time that I think he might be ready for my autobiography now, but I think we'll start him off on the pictures first, the words later."

Warnock also moved to quash speculation that Adel Taarabt has asked again to leave the club, arguing that nothing has been said to him personally about a move.

"He's not said anything to me," he said.

"I do take it with a pinch of salt when you go abroad. It's only six weeks with Adel, I think, that he said he was never going to play for his country again and he scores a goal and kisses the coach - that's Adel. You have to take everything with a pinch of salt."

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