Joey Barton has revealed that he would love to return to Marseille as a player or manager in the future.
The 35-year-old has been banned from playing by the Football Association since April 2017 for breaching betting rules but can return in June 2018.
Barton spent the 2012/13 season on loan at l’OM having fallen out of favour at QPR after landing a 12-game ban for clashes with Manchester City trio Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany on the last day of the previous campaign.
He won over Marseille fans during his stay and admits they are a club close to his heart.
Speaking in a video posted on the Ligue 1 club’s official website as part of the documentary ‘Marseille: A football city’, Barton said: “The supporters immediately accepted me when I arrived. They must have perceived something in my character and personality that they liked.
“I’d love one day to pull the jersey on again and if I can’t do it as a player then I would love to do it as a coach or manager.”