TONY Fernandes has told Joey Barton he must return to Loftus Road if Marseille fail to meet QPR's asking price.
The tough-tackling midfielder has spent the season on loan at the French club and has expressed a desire to make the move permanent.
However, Barton still has two years remaining on his contract in W12, and Fernandes insists the former Man City and Newcastle man will be welcomed back to Rangers if Marseille don't make an acceptable bid.
He told QPR Player: "Marseille have got to put an offer in. Joey is under contract and Joey would be a very useful player for Queens Park Rangers.
"He helped Newcastle out (of the Championship). Some would say we lacked his fighting spirit in the midfield.
"But if Joey and Marseille want (the transfer), then we will talk. However, he is a QPR player, and is contracted to QPR.
"That has to be a financial deal which would have to be worked out if he wants to go to Marseille, but as far as I am concerned he is a QPR player and in the summer will come back."
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