Barton open to offers

02 June 2007 12:49
Troubled midfielder Joey Barton claims he is open to offers as his future at Manchester City remains unclear. Barton was suspended for the remainder of the season by former Citizens boss Stuart Pearce following a training ground incident involving team-mate Ousmane Dabo. The latest misdemeanor is the latest in a long line of incidents to blight the career of the controversial 24-year-old, who made his England debut in a friendly against Spain in February. Barton has been linked with moves to Everton and Newcastle in recent weeks, and with City still in the midst of a boardroom takeover, has suggested his future could lie away from Eastlands. "If the club decided that they don't want to keep me and they want to accept an offer then so be it, I've got to look after Joey Barton and my family as well," he told Sky Sports News. "I'll listen to what people have got to say and if they've got a great desire for me to play for their football club then that's all the attention that you need." Meanwhile, Barton has thanked the City fans for their backing even after he turned on his team-mates and former manager in a verbal outburst earlier in the campaign. "Through my trials and tribulations the fans have backed me, not all of them but a lot of them," he added. "They obviously all know who they are and for me to come on and talk about going elsewhere is degrading to them. "We have achieved nothing at Man City and I think of the fan base there and the support structure within the club - the club should be achieving. "I want to win trophies and I think as a footballer you are not judged on the amount of money you've got in the bank or the amount of houses you've got. "You're judged on your trophies and your accolades at the end of your playing career."

Source: ESA