Marseille’s Sporting Director Jose Anigo has warned Newcastle United this morning that it would be a mistake to hold talks with Hatem Ben Arfa, without first agreeing a fee with the French club.
Ben Arfa – Marseilles object to Newcastle talks
So this plot again thickens when we had thought – make that hoped – it was all over bar the lad signing on at Newcastle.
As we reported yesterday Ben Arfa has missed training with Marseilles for the past couple of days, and was not included in the Marseilles squad for the game with Valenciennes today.
Anigo believes it would be wrong for Newcastle to discuss personal terms with the midfielder, when terms between the clubs have not yet been agreed.
And that’s the usual way of doing business – a deal has to be reached first between the clubs, and then talks commence with the player. But we cannot believe there’s not more to this – and that Newcastle know what they are doing – and that it is all legal and above board.
It may be that Anigo is not in the loop with what’s going on, since most of the public comments in this rather long drawn out deal, have come from their President Jean-Claude Dassier, and we would think he would be the Marseilles contact Newcastle would be doing business with.
And Ben Arfa’s representatives and lawyers today have harshly criticized the French club in their handling of the whole fiasco, and have even accused Marseilles of going back on their word of letting the player leave to play in England – which they promised some months ago.
Anigo told the French newspaper L’Equipe today, regarding the rumors (The Journal says they are fact) that Ben Arfa is in Newcastle:
“If that is the case, the English team are making a mistake,” “It would be a big blunder to talk to the player while there is no agreement with us.””Ben Arfa is a good boy with a strong character.”
“I hope we will find a solution.” “We have to let him drain his anger. He reacts that way to express his discontent. We have to let him get cool again.” “But, if I can give him some advice, not going to training sessions is not the good solution.”
We think this may be an attempt by the Marseilles to attempt to save some face after their President has not looked good this week, making statements which were often contradictory.
This matter needs to be resolved quickly, because it’s becoming a bit of a joke, with most of the questions on the Marseilles club’s handling of this matter.
And we all thought the French football team’s problems in South Africa were bad. 😀
We don’t expect Newcastle to say anything at all – not until the player is signed by the Magpies.