Marseilles President Says Ben Arfa Not Joining Newcastle United


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.

Dassier said:

“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.

Comments welcome.


38 comments so far

  • howay man

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #1

    relax, stay calm, just the french in a panic

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  • slazberger

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #2

    hes a big man to say they wont sell him to nufc a day after hughton said we have had no direct contact. sounds to me like his plan to drum up buisness in his player by using the nufc name got blown out before anyone put an offer in.

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  • howay man

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #3

    maybe there is something in this one then?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cotterill

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Big talent but simply too much trouble. Would rock the boat.

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  • Newutd

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #5

    That’s just shitty translation from Skysports, or whatever poor source they got it from.

    “There is no serious offers solid and Newcastle at the moment, he asked then, that offer modest than we have received is itself subject to the approval of the sports management and I do not think Coach (Newcastle) is in step with its leaders if you believe his statements on Sky. It’s quite odd, we are in a rather delusional.”

    “And while a number of issues were dealt out to him, the President announced that Olympian “does not believe” that the player’s situation would change in the next fortnight. He then left the scene in stride.”

    He does NOT say that Ben Arfa for sure will stay. He seems rather uncertain tbh. I think it all depend on how much money we are willing to offer (naturally).

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  • slazberger

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #6

    anyone can edit wiki. i guess his parents really liked besty.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Wikipedia also reckons bread’n’butter pudding is made from minced eggshells and rhubarb droppings, such is the problem with open access software… (this comments needs citation from anyone who can be arsed to do so)

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  • sweendog

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #8

    friday/sat before the loans confirmed .. he’s absolutely dying to play against ManU for us in the centre …

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I know that Cotterill one is just lies, but I would love it if we signed him. He is incredible and absolutely destroyed us for Swansea and Sheff Utd.

    He’s also been class every other time I’ve seen him

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  • Oba

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #11

    You snooze.

    You lose.

    Predict it way off.

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  • howay man

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #12

    howay the lads, you never know

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  • Newutd

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #13

    The discussion was quite lively. The club’s president told him there was no question he leaves the OM while the player waits for one thing: a green light to join Newcastle. “Hatem will not leave,” said Dassier. He is under contract and will remain here OM. “Annoyed, the former Lyon took his things and left the scene by releasing” I shall never return! ”
    As for Didier Deschamps, he relies on his playmaker Saturday at Valenciennes. “Hatem is always a player of the OM and I usually rely on players who are there for the next game,” he said Thursday during his press conference that took place before the training. As the OM is about to separate from Niang leaving for Fenerbahce, the club have decided to keep Phocaean Ben Arfa, history does not pluck his left side … (With h.f., Marseille)

    So the president wants him to stay but Ben Arfa wants to leave…

    Tricky.

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  • sweendog

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #14

    supposedly he brought his lawyer with him to the meeting with Marseille .. sounds like he’s a goner ….

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  • MOONDUST

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #15

    ED says > 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 you slate Bellars as a cry baby that we dont need and dont want

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Bellamy is, and always will be, a good player that is completely portrayed in a bad light by the press.

    I saw an interview with him after a Wales game and he was asked a question in which he was clearly meant to say ‘I prefer being up-front than on the wing’, but he realised how they’d write it (some headline like, ‘Bellamy says, ‘Play me up-front or I’m off”) so he just walked out.

    I think he’s like Joey Barton, but without the criminal convictions. Not afraid to speak his mind, quite a strong character, but not troublesome

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  • howay man

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Sky betting have slashed the odds on robbie keane moving to us, we are now the second favourites, behind Villa and they are managerless

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Good news, howay man.

    Do you know where we were before?

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  • howay man

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #19

    they only show the 3 most likely clubs, but I checked last week and we wernt in the top three, so something has changed.

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  • kjnewc

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #20

    sweendog ho can you be ss ao sure that the loan will be announced tmz or sat? Howay man i dont think there is anything in that they have probably shortened odds because a few people have placed a bet thats all its what they do its not like we are odds on or they have suspended betting then there might be something in it but we are only 2nd favourites

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  • howay man

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Kjnewc if people have placed allot of bets on him coming maybe they think theyknow something, its a long shot, but hed be great for us

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  • kjnewc

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #22

    howay man i know he would be just the sort of nippy goal getting striker we need to compliment AC but afer this whole ben arfa situation im refusing to get too excited about any potential signing until something is announced on official website as no matter how promising things can look we almost always get let down in relation to transfers ben afra this year, turan, modric, aimar to name a few all supposedly in the bag only to be let down at last minute…sorry to be pessimistic but thats what this club has done to me

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  • howay man

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #23

    kjnewc best way to be mate, especially with newcastle

    if you never expect, you’ll never be dissapointed.

    on that note im off, till tomorow lads

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  • baro

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Marseille president just loves to play hardball doesn’t he. Well that is why he is about to loose his best player Hatem Ben Arfa.

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  • chrisf30

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #25

    worrying?

    http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={FE60904B-C2A8-4E60-9B05-700DBBC29BBC}&section=playerProfile&teamid=&bioid=94353

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  • Thump

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Gotta say lads I can see this being another Modric deal. Hopes get up, all that’s waiting is the signature then it all goes to pot. No good like

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  • baro

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #27

    chrisf30

    That was the last, and last thing that was on my mind. What is up with this Man United team site. They also put up Mesut Ozil a couple of days ago. No matter what we can’t loose Haris Vuckic. He is our future.

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  • baro

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #28

    howay man

    Are we actually going to sign David Cotterill? I think he will be good backup winger, but he is another one of Chris Hughton’s championship level ?signings? All we need is Hatem Ben Arfa and a striker.

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  • baro

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #29

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cotterill

    On the top paragraph after it said a winger who currently plays for Newcastle United, it says…. Later that day he decided to become the next HULK. ?? Does he mean like this guy. … I would wish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFPZElAbxUk

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #30

    @25
    That’s very worrying :O. Although the date at the bottom does say April for whatever reason.
    Hope we can land Ben Arfa still, we need him desperately.

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  • a.l 9

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #31

    You can change the numbers on the club sites adress bar and the players name changes (I cannot realy explain any better, sorry) But basicaly it’s bull.

    Someone done it a couple years ago saying Wayne Bridge had joined us

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  • a.l 9

    Aug 13, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Examples.

    http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={FE60904B-C2A8-4E60-9B05-700DBBC29BBC}&section=playerProfile&teamid=&bioid=94354

    http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={FE60904B-C2A8-4E60-9B05-700DBBC29BBC}&section=playerProfile&teamid=&bioid=94344

    p.s i’m going to post the latter on a manc board lol

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 13, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #33

    What the confuse even in their camp. I don’t see OM will successful this season with unprofessional they are.

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #34

    ‘I do not think the coach (of Newcastle) is in-step with his leaders, if you believe his what a

    what a statement from Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier.

    this shows that hughton is a puppet and only good for putting out the cones for training..

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #35

    * ‘I do not think the coach (of Newcastle) is in-step with his leaders, if you believe his statements.

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  • Toony Montana

    Aug 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Hopefully Fabiano should sign for OM very soon if reports are to be believed, this can only help our cause.

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  • Mags

    Aug 13, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #37

    Toony Montana, (36)

    Fabiano has to be signed before 18th Aug so he is in time to be registered by OM for their European games, otherwise his transfer would not take place.

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #38

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