Joey Barton has admitted to the Lancashire Telegraph that he would love to extend his stay with newly-promoted Burnley, but conceded that he would like more than a one-year deal.
The 33-year-olds deal at Turf Moor expires this summer and with the club back in the Premier League next season, Barton would love to be a part of that. However the ex-Man City man says that at this stage of his career he would like more stability, for his family more than anything else.
Barton, who was a free agent earlier this season before Sean Dyche took him to the Clarets, revealed that the club offered him a new deal over a month ago but insisted that all of his focus was on winning the league at that point.
The outspoken midfielder suggests that his intention has always been to sign a new contract if possible at the club, but hinted that it is no forgone conclusion that he will pen a fresh contract with the Lancashire-based outfit,
“There’s a desire for me to be here, that hasn’t changed, but at 33, stroke 34, I don’t know whether I want to stay for a year, that’s the reality of it.
“We’ll sit down and negotiate, I’d like to stay here longer. At this stage of my career it’s not financial, there’s no financial angle for me, I just want a bit of stability, my eldest child is about to start school so I want to put some roots down somewhere.
“If Burnley want me here great, if not then I’m surmising that there’ll be one or two options, but I want to win the title, get it done and that will take care of itself.”
Burnley travel to The Valley on Saturday lunchtime to face relegated Charlton Athletic in the hope of securing the league title. A win would be enough, regardless of the result at the Riverside Stadium between Middlesbrough and Brighton & Hove Albion. A draw in that match would also be enough for Burnley to take home the trophy, even if they lost to the Addicks.