Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps has had a tough start to the season, after the reigning French Champions suffered a second successive defeat at Valenciennes on Saturday.
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The 3-2 loss followed their opening day defeat at home by a score 2-1 to Caen.
Deschamps told L’Equipe today:
“I’m not worried,” “The urgency is there.”
But as well as the poor start to the season there has been turmoil at the French club, as Mamadou Niang has already left for Fenerbahce and Hatem Ben Arfa seems to be on strike, as he tries to force a move to Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa has also said he will never play for Marseilles again, and it would seem appropriate if the Marseilles club can bring an end to a transfer that has become farcical over the last several days with both sides – Ben Arfa and Marseilles – not looking particularly classy.
And Deschamps sounds resigned to losing Ben Arfa, despite the club saying last week that he would not be staying with them, which was a reversal of what they had said in July, when they asked the youngster and his representatives to find a new club.
Deschamps talked about Ben Arfa:
“I never said I did not want him,” “But it is very difficult given his radical position and his attitude.” “I think a lot of him. He has talent, but still some weaknesses. I wish him the best for his career.”
“I have spent a lot of time talking to Hatem, and told him many things.” “Some of it he has remembered, some of it not.” “Last Thursday he refused to speak to me, so it may be for the best.”
The time is now for both Marseilles and Newcastle to agree a deal to send the 23 year-old to Newcastle on a season long loan deal to Tyneside, and we have hopes this will be completed within the next few days.
The time to end this saga is now – for the good of all three parties involved.