The Newcastle Journal this morning have confirmed that Hatem Ben Arfa was indeed in Newcastle last night to help conclude his season long loan deal to Newcastle.
Ben Arfa on Tyneside – it wasn’t fake after all
So it could well be that the fake looking photograph of Ben Arfa at Newcastle airport was valid and true – and that’s great news this morning – because obviously this lad is determined to sign for Newcastle United.
The French youngster is said to have arrived on Tyneside yesterday afternoon, because he had asked to talk directly to Newcastle United, after being somewhat dismayed by the antics of his club Marseilles over the last few days, and especially those of President Jean-Claude Dassier.
And news that his lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand has said that all communication and trust with his French club Marseilles has broken down, and now Newcastle will hope to tie up a deal with the 23 year-old very talented French International, who has been promised a central midfield role at the club for next season.
Newcastle Journal sources close to the deal say that even a transfer may be concluded before Monday night’s visit to Manchester United, and because of the break-down between Ben Arfa and Marseilles, that could be best for all three parties.
Ben Arfa’s representatives believe that the Marseilles President has been disingenuous with this transfer since at least last weekend, and they have accused the French club of going back on their word to let him move to England.
In an explosive interview with French TV, his lawyer Bertrand said:
“It was not Hatem that found Newcastle. Marseilles employed a number of agents and they found Newcastle.”
“The situation is like a woman who comes home to find her husband in bed with another one. The trust is gone.” “Hatem has nothing against anyone at the club.”
“But the club and his manager told him last season that it would be better if he leaves for elsewhere.” “And at the beginning of this season the manager, the sporting director and the president demanded he found another club.”
“This was made clear to him on several occasions.” “Marseilles completely desired that he left.”
And Bertrand also said it was not true that Newcastle had not lodged a “serious or substantial” offer for Ben Arfa, as the Marseilles President had claimed.
Apparently Bertrand believes a loan deal had always been a potential, and that Marseilles were well aware of that – an £800K loan fee for the season with an option to buy him for £5M at the end of the season.
“Newcastle accepted all of the conditions that Marseille asked of them,”
“Marseille always said that it was an agreement to loan with an option to buy at the end. Newcastle, to our knowledge, accepted all of these conditions.”
And another of Ben Arfa’s representatives told French Radio station RMC earlier today, that Ben Arfa would definitely be joining the famous Newcastle United club:
“Hatem is going to Newcastle. His relationship with Deschamps is beyond the point of no return,”
This look just terrific for Newcastle, and we have to say the Newcastle representatives doing this deal have handled themselves really well and very professionally – so let’s give the club the credit it deserves for this move.
Newcastle have looked golden in all of this, and we now have a very very skillful player with us for at least next season – hopefully that will help us survive next season in the Premier League.