It’s good to know that after Ben Arfa arrived at Newcastle in August, French manager Laurent Blanc sent the Newcastle star a congratulatory text message.
Ben Arfa – good start at Newcastle has not gone unnoticed by Laurent Blanc
A source close to Ben Arfa on Tyneside, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Laurent Blanc was among the first to text Hatem to congratulate him on his move to Newcastle United.” “He texted him on the day Newcastle played Wolves to wish him good luck at the club.”
“Laurent told him he was an important player for the France national team, and he’d only been left out of the last squad because he hadn’t been playing games.”
Ben Arfa of course played and scored a cracking goal in France’s 2-1 defeat against Norway in August, but the player was then left out of the last round of European qualifying games because, as the source points out, he was not match-fit.
At the time there had been the long drawn-out move to Newcastle and Ben Arfa had not played for a while, but it will be interesting to see whether Blanc picks him for the upcoming games next week – presumably he will if this news is true.
Ben Arfa is still considered a top young player in France and it’s hardly surprising that Blanc wants to use him as a key player in France’s future, and the news about Yven Movo signing for the Magpies suggests that other French youngsters may be on their way to Tyneside in the future.
The source added:
“He sees Hatem as a very exciting player, and he is glad he has the chance to shine in the Premier League.” “He believes the move can help him improve as a player.”
Most Newcastle fans will be very pleased with what they’ve seen from the young French International so far on Tyneside, but we also have to ensure the boy has enough time to get acclimatized on Tyneside.
We also hope he will sign full time for the famous Newcastle United club – and sooner rather than later.
Howay The Lads!!