There had been a lot of speculation in sports betting circles, and even some facts mixed in, that a Premier League rival, thought to be Aston Villa or Portsmouth, or both, were interested yesterday in signing the skillful former Manchester City midfielder.
Joey Barton – I owe the Newcastle club and fans so much
However, Barton has now made it clear that it was always his intention to stay at St James’ Park, and pay back the club and the fans for the way they have supported him during his tumultuous one year at the club.
The 25-year-old returned to action for Newcastle, for the last few minutes of the game at The Emirates Stadium on Saturday, when the Magpies were taken apart by a brilliant Arsenal display of total football.
And he got a taste of the booing he will undoubtedly have to face this season from fans, and that’s just extra punishment for him for what he did, and he needs to take it and move on from that.
The Newcastle United club, and particularly manager Kevin Keegan, have supported Barton through his troubles, and the player seems very keen to repay the Tyneside club.
Barton told Sky Sports News tonight:
“I didn’t want to comment on speculation, but I didn’t want to leave Newcastle, because I owe the club and the fans so much because of everything I have put them through,”
Good words from Joey, and whenever he comes back, we will support the boy to get his life and career back on track – it’s never too late for that – whatever bad things he’s done in the past.
To us, he’s like the Prodigal son, and there’s nothing better than seeing someone overcome their demons, and have a good and fruitful life, not to mention a great football career, from now on.
Yes, we’ll get hammered for saying that, but hey – that’s what we’d like to happen, for the club, for Kevin Keegan, and for Joey himself.
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