An excellent interview from our new signing Ben Arfa in the Evening Chronicle today, and we suppose even the hard copies of the paper will get a good bump in sales today, with the French lad’s excellent statements making good news for the Newcastle United Football club.
Hatem Ben Arfa – why it had to be Newcastle
The French International has given a candid interview to the the local Newcastle paper:
“The time when I knew it was over at Marseilles was after Newcastle became interested in me.”
“The reason I didn’t go back to Marseilles was because they said in the end they had accepted the offer by Newcastle.”
“And all I wanted was to come here.”
Local Newcastle people may be a little surprised that Newcastle has such a big name in France, but we’ve found that over the last three years, while writing the blog, that it’s a lot more famous all over the world, than most Newcastle fans may realize.
I went into a local Chick-fil-A yesterday morning, with my new Newcastle shirt on – the white one similar to what Chris wears at the games – and the assistant said he knew all about Newcastle’s good start to the season in the Premier League.
And that’s over here in the US, where their new American Football season is about to start.
Ben Arfa of course caused a rumpus in the football world on August 12th when he got fed up with the situation at Marseilles, after discovering Newcastle were interested in him.
But his French club didn’t seem too keen to do the deal with Newcastle, and so Ben Arfa flew over to Newcastle from Paris, to try to force the move deal through, and was photographed in the Newcastle Airport.
Ben Arfa – the famous photo showing him at Newcastle Airport
The French international continued:
“What motivated me to take the actions I did at Marseilles was because I felt let down by the club.”“Newcastle had made the effort to try to sign me and I wanted to come.”
“I had to force the issue to make sure I could come here.” “I don’t mind turning down the chance to play in the Champions League to play for Newcastle.”
“They may not be in Europe, but I want to play in this league and for this club. It’s interesting to play abroad for me and in the Premier League.”
“It was a choice I made because I feel it can enhance my career in the long-term.” “My personal ambitions are to give everything I can for the team.”
“I am not thinking of positions just to finish as high as I possibly can.” “We have to finish as high as possible – it is stupid to think about finishing low down.”
“I will give everything during the time I am here.”
Good words from the youngster, and of course the player comes with a reputation of being hard to handle, but we think Chris Hughton will do just fine with his new player.
And if Ben Arfa stays at Newcastle next summer, which we hope he does, and he’s as good as we think he is, maybe it will not be too long before he’s playing European football – with Newcastle United.
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