We had mentioned in our report this morning on the Ben Arfa situation that we hoped that common sense would prevail.
Ben Arfa – only wants to play for Newcastle
And by the comments today of Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier, that may indeed be the case, as he has said he remains open to talks with the 23 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa.
There is a current impasse that exists between the France international and the current French champions, after they dramatically rejected his plea for a move to St James’ Park this summer last week .
That was after the player was told to find a new club only a couple of months ago – which he has done – and that club is Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa has also refused to train over the last few days with the French club, and was not in the squad that was defeated yesterday at Valenciennes, and he has said he wants to join Newcastle and play for them in the Premier League this coming season.
Marseilles President Dassier is now willing to talk to the 23 year-old and we hope that can happen first thing tomorrow morning.
This is what Dassier told French radio station RTL this afternoon:
“We cannot accept Hatem Ben Arfa’s attitude,” . “A professional player must honor his contract.”
“That said, I don’t want to be the man who ruins Ben Arfa’s career.” “Let’s try to talk and see if we can find a solution.”
We still think there will be an amicable settlement of this issue, and it will end sooner rather than later, with the player signing on a season-long loan deal at Newcastle – of that we are very confident.
There have been mistakes made on both sides, by both the Marseilles club and by the youngster himself, but no good at all is done by keeping this situation in deadlock, and we would hope the impasse will be broken, and as soon as tomorrow.
What do you think will happen with this situation?
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