Joey Barton will look to press home his protracted move to Marseille this week, having last night lifted the lid on the depth of his rift with QPR.
The 29-year-old midfielder is currently without a squad number at Loftus Road having been served with a 12-match Football Association suspension following his sending off at Manchester City last season.
Manager Mark Hughes also stripped the one-time England international of the captaincy and, as a result, talk of a surprise move to France surfaced.
Barton was initially coy about the link, but last night took to Twitter to plead with his current employers to make a move to the Stade Velodrome happen.
“I am hopeful that things will be sorted out soon. Other clubs are in but I only want to play in Marseille. This is the place for me,” he told his 1.6million followers on the social network site.
“Hopefully QPR and Marseille can finalise the deal in the next few days. My heart is already in the Velodrome.”
Barton went on to criticise Hughes’ decision to ostracise him, while oddly admitting he accepted it, as well as taking issue with a number of other demands he claimed Rangers placed upon him, including asking him to train at 3pm.
He added: “Not gonna cry about it. Maybe it’s just time to move on. I enjoyed parts of last season and believe I am more than capable of playing this year. But the manager doesn’t. Such is life.
“I have no problem with this as it’s my fault I am banned for 12 (10 now) games. When a person (makes) a decision he has to stand by that. I respect Hughes for this. I don’t agree but accept his decision.
“I am not the type of player to sit on the sidelines and take the cash. It’s not me. I could do that for the next 3 years but it’s not me. I want to play football.
“Hopefully, the QPR fans will accept that. I offered to resign from the club/contract when I got my ban. (owner)tonyfernandes (vice chairman) Amit_Bhatia99 will testify that I am telling the truth.
“I accepted my punishment from the FA and the club for my behaviour against Man City like a man.
“I could of appealed as is my right. I choose not to out of respect. But when I returned to the club. I am forced to train away from the 1st team. I am stripped of the captaincy. Then, made to train at 3pm. Then, I am hawked around on loan.
“Then, I have my shirt number taken without any notice. Then, I read I wouldn’t of been signed had the current regime been in place.
“I accepted all this. I never once spoke out of turn or angrily towards anybody. I am a man. I can only take so much. I want to leave.
“I hope to move on with my career, with my life. If that is in France, so be it. I don’t want to be disrespectful to QPR but enough is enough
“Good night people. I’ve said enough for today. I’ll get in trouble. No doubt. But this is how it is. This is life!”