Sky Sports is reporting tonight that Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier is saying that midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa will not be signing on a season long loan deal for Premier League club Newcastle.
Ben Arfa – now staying at Marseilles?
The 23-year-old France international has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle over the last several weeks, and indeed there were solid reports the two clubs had reached a verbal agreement last weekend.
But Dassier has said tonight that his player will be staying at Marseilles, and that Ben Arfa is an important part of the squad.
“The Newcastle offer does not exist. Hatem Ben Arfa is staying at Marseille.”
“There is no serious and solid offer from Newcastle at the moment. Hatem is part of the workforce and will remain so.”
And other news tonight that the player is so upset about this, that he has vowed never to play for the French club again and his whereabouts is not known.
Ben Arfa is a very talented player and Newcastle certainly need the lad’s flair this season, since that’s a commodity in very short supply at Newcastle right now.
But it seems that Marseilles have done an about face from what they were saying over last weekend.
It would appear that the offer made by Newcastle is deemed not good enough to persuade the French Champions to part with their young and exciting player for the season.
But it’s also true that their actions have angered the youngster no end.