Barton focused on life with Burnley

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Joey Barton says he has put his time at Rangers to one side and is concentrating on his future with Burnley. After a short spell in Scottish football Barton has been brought back to Turf Moor by boss Sean Dyche and the midfielder is excited at the prospect of helping the Clarets survive in the Premier League.

It’s about ploughing on with the future and seeing what we can do better.

Joey Barton

He told talkSPORT: “I’m focused on Burnley. I’ve got N’Golo Kante and Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. I’ve got to use every bit of energy I’ve got trying to turn in a performance against arguably the best player in the league.

He has re-joined a club in Burnley who have an excellent chance of retaining their place in the league beyond this season.

They have been immediately relegated in their two previous spells in the Premier League but this time have a nine-point gap on the bottom three.

Of their 29 points so far 28 have come at home and with Chelsea the visitors on Sunday, Barton is hoping they can continue that form against the league leaders.

He says the challenges of life at Turf Moor mean he has little time for reflecting on his short spell with Rangers.

“It’s about ploughing on with the future and seeing what we can do better. I’m focused on that because I don’t have the ability to lose track of that,” he added.

“This is the Premier League and we play Chelsea at home on Sunday. I can’t waste any energy looking back over my shoulder because the challenge in front of me is incredible.”