Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp wants Joey Barton to stay at the club, with Redknapp also praising the 30-year-old's attitude.
Barton’s last game for QPR came two seasons ago, in May 2012 against Manchester City; he was red carded after elbowing ex-Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. QPR went on to lose 3-2.
After QPR were consigned to relegation, Barton tweeted: "I will not be playing in the Championship next season."
Barton had spent last season in France, where he was on loan at Marseille, yet returned on Saturday to play a respectful 79 minutes in the 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday.
Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live: "He did great at Marseille. They qualified for the Champions League and they would like to take him back.
"If he stays here, fantastic. He’s not been a minute’s problem for me.
"I had never worked with him before, but he has come in and trained hard every day and showed a lot of quality in training."
Although Redknapp expressed his delight of Barton after the game, it could have all been a different story for the 30-year-old, after an already yellow carded Barton fouled Wednesday’s winger Jacques Maghoma, with some viewing it as a second yellow.
Barton got the benefit of the doubt and remained on the pitch until being substituted by Redknapp late on.
After the game Barton tweeted: "Didn’t expect, nor do I deserve, that reception from the QPR fans today. Many thanks… #humbled."
Will this be indicating that Barton will remain at the club this season? Only time will tell…
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