JOEY VOWS TO PAY MAR­SEILLE BACK FOR THEIR FROGGY STYLE

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 - By FRANK MCCAULEY

JOEY BAR­TON be­lieves he is ready to make his mark at Mar­seille af­ter set­tling into French life.

The con­tro­ver­sial mid­fielder joined on loan from QPR af­ter be­ing handed a 12-match do­mes­tic ban fol­low­ing his send­ing-off against Manch­ester City on the fi­nal day of last sea­son.

Sus­pen­sion has pre­vented him from mak­ing his Ligue 1 bow for Mar­seille, but he made his de­but against Fener­bahce in the Europa League and is ready to line up in an­other Euro­pean clash against Li­mas­sol on Thurs­day.

Bar­ton has thanked the club for help­ing him set­tle in France and is now hop­ing to pay them back on the pitch.

Friendly

“I thought in­te­gra­tion would be more dif­fi­cult in French football, the French cul­ture and way of life, but it was fa­cil­i­tated by the club,” said Bar­ton.

“The staff and play­ers have been in­cred­i­bly wel­com­ing, it’s like a fam­ily. Ev­ery­one helps ev­ery­one, peo­ple talk, say hello, are kind and friendly.

“Many clubs are not like that. Where I come from, there are many clubs where the play­ers and staff are sep­a­rated from the rest.

“The club has helped me tremen­dously and this has made my life eas­ier.

“The team has al­ready won six league matches, so it will not be easy for me.

“There are some very good play­ers here, but when you want to be a big club you must have a team of 15, 16 or 17 play­ers.

“All play­ers can­not play ev­ery week and I hope to bring some­thing dif­fer­ent to the team and be­come an im­por­tant mem­ber.”

Bar­ton has ap­pealed for his new club’s fans to judge him only on his ef­forts for Mar­seille.

“It is dif­fi­cult be­cause my bad rep­u­ta­tion, I find it a bit un­fair,” he added.

“But it’s hard to say that when you look at some of the in­ci­dents in which I’ve been in­volved.

“How­ever, I hope that peo­ple in France, and here in Mar­seille, judge me on what I do here.”

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