Barton: I don’t want to leave Man City

Barton told Sky Sports: “I’ve stated on record I don’t want to leave this football club. I’m happy, we are going in the right direction and I’ve got a manager who believes in me.

“I’m settled and happy to play football for this club.”

On leaving Manchester City, Barton added: “No. I’m happy, I’m playing good football and the team is going forward and I’m totally settled.”