Joey Barton has insisted that David Beckham isn't a player to be scared of anymore.
Barton, who is currently on loan from QPR at French side Marseille, doesn't believe Beckham poses the same threat that he once did.
Barton left QPR in controversial circumstances after he was banned for 12 games for violent conduct, having been sent off against Manchester City on the final day of the 2011/12 season.
Marseille will come up against Beckham's new side Paris Saint-Germain when the two teams meet in Ligue 1, but the once-capped English midfielder insists he isn't scared of the 115-capped Beckham.
Speaking to Marseille's official website, Barton said: "Paris have a lot of big names and big players. Beckham is a big star off the pitch but on the pitch it's not a big worry.
"He causes a lot less fear compared to when he played in the Premier League. It would be naive to concentrate on David Beckham."
Marseille are just five points behind their rivals and Barton is ready for the big clash, insisting that the atmosphere will not effect him.
Barton added: "I've experienced Manchester City-Manchester United, Sunderland-Newcastle and QPR-Chelsea. The electric atmosphere doesn't worry me, it's even the norm for me.
"I am experienced, I know the score. There's nothing me for me in a derby."
When questioned about a possible return to parent club QPR, Barton seemed pretty sure that he will never play for the west London outfit again.
"I cannot see me playing again at QPR," said Barton. "Marseille had faith in me when no one had faith anymore, so I want to pay them back for that."
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