Barton eager to remain at Newcastle

Barton has been linked with a move away from the club, following a bust-up with interim manager Alan Shearer.

He told The Chronicle: “I don’t know what is going to happen with the club or with the manager situation.

“I’m just looking forward to going back and my intention is to stay at the club and help Newcastle back into the Premier League.

“If Alan Shearer takes the job and if he doesn’t want me then my hands are tied. All I can do is try and get as fit as possible, but I have got to prepare for all eventualities.”

Blackburn Rovers are said to be interested in the former Manchester City star.