Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today that he thinks Joey Barton will sign a new deal at Newcastle, but that it could be the summer before Joey finally signs along the dotted line.
Joey Barton – tackles Arsenal’s Arshavin recently
Apparently there were rumors that Joey Barton had refused to play in the draw with Bolton last Saturday over a contract dispute, but that seems a little ridiculous.
We hadn’t heard that rumor, but it’s unlikely to be true, and probably more made up nonsense, although Alan says it wasn’t in the National media, so maybe it was local gossip.
Joey had to pull out of the squad with a slight thigh injury, and it seems he may still be out tomorrow for the important game against Everton, where we hope we can get back on our winning ways and start climbing that league table.
Alan says that Joey is still totally committed to the Tyneside club, and he told the Daily Star today:
“Joey’s commitment to play for us is still there, don’t doubt that.” “I heard a couple of whispers – not in the national media – that he didn’t want to play but that’s absolutely not true.”
“He’s desperate to play against Everton this weekend and is going to come into training early and play through that injury.” “I’ve got no worries about Joey on that score and want him to stay.”
“I think Joey’s situation will run until the summer.”
Joey has always said he wants to stay at Newcastle and had said this in January:
“Hopefully we’ll get that sorted as soon as possible and I can just concentrate on doing my utmost for Newcastle United,” “I want to stay here.”
The hitch is that Joey has apparently offered to take a £1M cut in wages to stay at the club, but he wants a three year extension to give him a little bit of security, and the club have offered him only a two year deal.
For such an important player to Newcastle as Joey, at least from the outside and not knowing the exact details, it seems the club should just give him a three year extension at £1M less per year, and tie up this excellent player to Newcastle through the summer of 2015.
That would be good news for Newcastle fans, and for Joey and Alan too.