MANAGER Alan Pardew has not given up hope that Joey Barton has a future at Newcastle – after both the the player and manager rubbished claims he has been offered a new contract.
Barton has a year left to run on his current deal after agent Willie McKay revealed last month that he wasn’t going to be offered a fresh contract.
There were claims last night that the club were set to change their mind, however, and put a new three-year deal on the table, but these were quickly rubbished by the player himself.
Magpies boss Pardew today confirmed that there has been no new negotiations, but is still hopeful that the dispute can be resolved.
He said: “I have spoke to Joey over the summer. Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no new contract for him.
“He has a year remaining, and I think he will stay for that year.
“I am hoping he will play better than last year, I don’t see why he shouldn’t.
“My view of it is quite open ended. I think like a lot of players that yearly term contracts in the Premier League are going to be the norm.
“But who is to stay that in a year’s time that Joey gets a contract that he finds acceptable?”
Barton has insisted that he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle, but contract negotiations broke down earlier this year, with the length of the deal on offer the major stumbling block.
At 28, Barton is looking for a four-year deal, but Newcastle were believed to be only willing to offer two years with an option of a third.
There were claims last night that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was prepared to compromise by offering Barton a three-year deal, but Barton was quick to respond, using his Twitter account to say: “Contract negotiations not re-opened.
“Not speaking to any other club either, back to NUFC on Tuesday.
“If anything changes on the contract front I’ll be the first to let you all know, don’t worry.”