Joey Barton's future with the Magpies has been the subject of speculation this summer, but he has played down the chances of him leaving for Old Trafford this summer. The 28-year-old former Manchester City midfielder was linked in the Sunday Times with a possible move to Manchester United, the latest of several clubs to be tipped to bid for Barton. But Barton, who has one year left on a Newcastle contract which is unlikely to be renewed, looks set to stay at St James' Park. He wrote on Twitter: "Nice to be linked with some big clubs today but I honestly don't want to leave Newcastle. Thanks but no thanks." He added: "I will most likely leave Newcastle at end of season, when my contract expires and I am no longer employed. Its [sic] out of my hands." ARE YOU WATCHING MICHAEL OWEN . YOU MONEY-GRABBING LITTLE TURD?