Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists he is not worried about Joey Barton's contract situation at St James' Park.
Talks over a new deal have broken down with Barton entering the final year of his contract on Tyneside.
Barton admits he is likely to see out his contract and leave Newcastle on a free transfer next summer.
Pardew is relaxed about the contract wrangle and is happy to allow the midfielder to run out his deal.
"I have spoken to Joey over the summer. Unfortunately at the moment there is no new contract for him," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.
"He has a year remaining and I think he will stay for that year.
"My view of it is quite open-ended.
"I think, like a lot of players, that yearly term contracts in the Premier League are going to be the norm.
"But who is to say that in a year's time that Joey gets a contract that he finds acceptable?"
Pardew is confident the transfer speculation will not affect Barton's form if he does end up staying at Newcastle.
"I am hoping he will play better than last year, I don't see why he shouldn't," added Pardew.
"He really had a fantastic season last year."