Joey Barton has expressed his frustration at the sale of Kevin Nolan from Newcastle on social networking site Twitter.
The former Manchester City midfielder said he was “sickened” to learn of the move, which was finalised yesterday.
“Great player, leader, captain, person, trainer and mostly a friend for life. Devastated to see him SOLD,” Barton tweeted.
He went on to add the hashtag mejoseandjonasnext, suggesting he, Jose Enrique and Jonas Guttierez would be next on their way out of the door at St James’ Park.
However, he has since backtracked on this stance, insisting that he is happy to stay at the club for the final year of his contract unless a bid comes in from a club playing in the Champions League.
“I love being at the club and I’ve got no ambition to leave,” Barton said in an interview with TalkSport.
“If someone came in, for instance, hypothetically and offered me Champions League football, then whether I had signed a five, six, seven-year deal at Newcastle, I’d have to consider it.
“But that’s not the case at the minute and as far as I’m concerned.”
The decision to let Nolan leave is apparently linked to the attacking midfielder’s desire for a longer contract than the club were willing to offer.
However, Newcastle’s cautious financial strategy is not expected to prevent manager Alan Pardew from overhauling his squad as he seeks to mastermind a campaign in which the Magpies avoid the drop for the second season in succession.
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Demba Ba looks set to seal a switch to St James’ Park, while Pardew is confident that more significant deals will be concluded before the transfer window closes.
“I am sure with the quality of signings I anticipate coming into the club, we should look forward to exciting times in the upcoming season as we look to establish the club as a genuine force in the top half of the Premier League,” he told the Shields Gazette.
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