There was news today linking Joey Barton with Manchester United, and they don’t come much bigger than that.
Joey Barton – will see out his 5th year at Newcastle
But Joey has used that twitter account of his, to say that he will be staying at Newcastle until the end of his contract, which runs out at the end of next June.
It seems that Joey’s plan is to see out his contract and then next summer pick up some bumper contract with another club, and in addition get a decent signing-on fee.
The exact same thing could happen with Jose Enrique too, if Newcastle cannot sell him this summer or in January.
It could be that the Red Devils could still be interested in Joey next summer, and he certainly wouldn’t cost them much in transfer fees, like nothing.
Manchester United were linked with a move for him today in the Sunday Times, but Joey had this to say about that, via twitter:
“Nice to be linked with some big clubs but I honestly don’t want to leave Newcastle,” “Thanks but no thanks.”
“I will most likely leave Newcastle at the end of the season, when my contract expires and I am no longer employed. It’s out of my hands.”
It’s just a pity that Newcastle are still willing to let one of their best players leave, and Joey wants to stay at Newcastle too.
As Alan Pardew said in January – if you keep letting your best players leave you’ll never build a good team.
We could soon have lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and maybe even Joey Barton come September.