Premier League - Barton makes far from enthusiastic QPR return

Joey Barton returned to training with QPR on Wednesday morning - but did not sound enthusiastic at the prospect.

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Ligue 1 - Barton makes far from enthusiastic QPR return
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Marseille's Joey Barton (Reuters)

The controversial midfielder was farmed out on loan to Marseille last season after falling out of favour with previous manager Mark Hughes, and wants to stay in France.

But QPR have yet to strike a deal with the Ligue 1 side due to Barton's wages, so the 30-year-old had to show up at pre-season training in Harlington, west London.

And prior to linking up with his Rangers team-mates, he tweeted: "Up and off to training today. 1st day back. Like a new term at school. Albeit a school, you were once expelled from..."

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