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Football: Pay cut central to Marseille stay - Barton

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Joey Barton says he would be prepared to take a pay cut to extend his stay with Marseille next season, suggesting only Paris Saint-Germain could afford his current wages in France.

"I want to stay here," Barton said after Marseille's 2-1 victory over Bastia on Saturday, a result that means PSG will have to wait until at least next weekend before clinching their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years.

"I've spoken with them. But the problem is I'm contracted with a football club in England which pays me an awful amount of money," said Barton.

"I'm a realist, maybe only Paris in France could pay me. And I can't see me in Paris," he added, smiling.

Barton's contract with Queens Park Rangers, who were relegated to from Premier League last weekend, reportedly earns him around 250,000 euros (£210,000) per month, 40 percent of which is covered by Marseille.

However, were Marseille to retain the midfielder's services next term, the French side would only be prepared to pay between 120,000 and 150,000 euros (£100,000 and £125,000) monthly.

Barton insisted the money wouldn't be the most important factor, saying: "I made the choice to play for Marseille, I want to be here, hopefully we can find some kind of compromise.

"With QPR, it's almost like an ex-girlfriend, when you've cheated on her, it's difficult to go back," added the 30-year-old.

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