Joey Barton is ready to commit his future to Newcastle after opening talks over a new deal.
The 28-year-old midfielder, who is currently playing some of the best football of his career, is hoping to extend his stay at St James' Park beyond the confines of the five-year contract he signed in June 2007.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "I have started discussions with the club, and everything seems to be going in the right direction.
"Hopefully we will get that sorted as soon as possible, and I can just concentrate on doing my utmost for Newcastle United.
"I want to stay here."
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