Joey Barton in threat to stay at NUFC

JOEY Barton's future remains up in the air after the midfielder continued his Twitter campaign against the Newcastle hierarchy with a threat to see out his contract at St James' Park against the club's wishes.

While the messages from both Newcastle and Barton's agent had made it seem inevitable the Magpies outcast would be on his way in the coming days, Barton yesterday suggested he might stay on Tyneside as a thorn in the club's side.

"Just because ur [sic] told to jump, it does not necessarily mean u have to. I may choose to stand perfectly still. It's my right...just a thought," he posted.

But while that might have been taken as a possibly conciliatory move, Barton followed it up by insisting he would not end his Twitter rant against the club as he quoted George Washington.

"Quote of the day: If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington," the controversial midfielder tweeted in another thinly-veiled attack.

Barton has been made to train alone since the club announced the 28-year-old could leave on a free transfer, and that only seems to have upset the once-capped England man further.

He ended the day with another tweet saying: "Home to bed now, training tomo........... #hopefullynotalone"

Barton's agent Willie McKay has suggested clubs are queuing up to sign Barton, who has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton, the club where he began his career as a trainee before joining Manchester City's youth set-up.