Premier League - Newcastle to let Barton go for free

Mon, 01 Aug 14:41:00 2011

Newcastle United have sensationally revealed they will let midfielder Joey Barton leave the club on a free transfer this summer.

Premier League - Barton can leave for free

The news was revealed in a club statement on Monday afternoon not long after the player himself had stated he would be making an announcement later in the day via his Twitter feed.

The statement read: "Newcastle United can confirm that Joey Barton has been placed on the transfer list today (Monday).

"The player has been advised that he can leave the club on a free transfer."

Barton responded by appearing to lay the blame for his expected departure at the feet of those in control at St James' Park.

He tweeted: "Somewhere in those high echelons of NUFC, they have decided, I am persona non grata.

"I am on a free but the honour of wearing those B+W stripes, surpasses that.

"One day the board might realise, what the shirt signifies. HONOUR and PRIDE. Thanks for your continued support........... #toonarmy"

The outspoken Liverpudlian has rebuilt his career at St James' Park after serving a six-month ban from football and serving prison time for assault, and last season scored four goals and set up nine more as Newcastle finished safely in mid-table on their first campaign back in the Premier League.

However, that has not stopped the club letting his four-year contract enter its final year, and the offer of a two-year extension on reduced terms was earlier turned down by the 28-year-old.

Since then Barton has used the social networking site to vent his frustrations at the club's hierarchy and its transfer policy, in particular regarding the future of himself and left-back Jose Enrique.

On Sunday he wrote: "If I wanted to leave, I'd just come out and say 'I want to leave'. Things need addressing as am not prepared to go through a relegation again."

On Monday afternoon he added: "I wont be commenting on situation at Newcastle again, as I feel it helps nobody and serves no purpose. Hope u all understand," only to add barely 30 minutes later: "I will be making an announcement regarding my future, on here at 4pm today........"

However, Newcastle pre-empted that announcement by releasing their own statement breaking the news.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with moves for the former Manchester City man at various points in the summer.

Meanwhile, Swansea have confirmed they have agreed personal terms with Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge. A transfer fee has already been decided and the player will undergo a medical on Tuesday.


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