QPR bad boy Barton denies loan move to League Two minnows Fleetwood Town
18:09 GMT, 3 August 2012
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has denied reports that he has joined npower League Two newcomers Fleetwood Town on loan.
The 29-year-old will miss the opening 12 Premier League matches after he was sent off on the final day of last season at Manchester City and was later found guilty of two counts of violent conduct by the Football Association.
Friendly appearance: Joey Barton played for Fleetwood Town in a friendly match against SPL side Kilmarnock
Barton has spent pre-season training
with Fleetwood and BBC Lancashire had reported that he could extend his
stay with the Cod Army.
'BBC news jumping the gun a bit,” he said on Twitter. “I've not signed for Fleetwood. Just currently enjoying training there…'
And the QPR say there are no talks
ongoing between the two clubs, a club spokesman said: 'QPR can confirm
Joey Barton has not signed for Fleetwood Town and the club have had no
discussions regarding a loan to the League Two side.
Keeping fit: Barton joined the League Two newboys to train during pre-season
Joining in: Barton has been training at Fleetwood while he was banned from QPR's pre-season tour of Asia
'The club agreed for Joey Barton to
train with Fleetwood Town but has no desire to loan the player to a
League Two club at this time.'
QPR stripped Barton of the captaincy and fined him six weeks' wages following the incident at the Etihad Stadium in May.