JOEY VOWS TO PAY MARSEILLE BACK FOR THEIR FROGGY STYLE
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.
“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.”