It is looking like Newcastle are likely to sign Ben Arfa at the end of the season, once he is fit again, even though he will not have played the specified number of games, thought to be 25, in the loan deal agreed with Marseilles.
Ben Arfa – scoring his first ever goal for the Magpies
Ben Arfa was discharged from Manchester Infirmary yesterday, and is due to return home to France in the next couple of days to be with his folks for a while.
But the good news that came out of the Newcastle camp immediately following his injury, was that the lad wants to do his recuperation at the Newcastle club and not return to Marseilles.
Given that he doesn’t really get on with Didier Deschamps the manager, that’s probably not too surprising, and he does not see his future at the Marseilles club.
It also seems that Ben Arfa was fitting into things nicely at Newcastle, both on and off the pitch, as Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said today:
“The fact he is staying on Tyneside for his rehabilitation shows how much he still wants to be here.” “There will be times when he does go back to France to do certain parts of his rehab work, but he will still very much be a part of the squad here.”
“The one thing we have always known about Hatem is he was desperate to come here and it is a massive blow for him to be injured so soon after arriving.” “He has a passion for the place and he had already begun to fit into the team spirit we have here.” “He has a real desire to do well and that just makes it even tougher on him.”
That’s good to hear from the manager, and certainly one of Hughton’s undoubted strengths is his ability to mold the squad into having fantastic team spirit and desire, and they just never give up on the field of play.
We all witnessed that once again at Eastlands last Sunday, when everything and the garden sink seemed to be against them in that game, but they will have made lots of new fans with that dogged determination they again showed.
It’s going to be a long six months that’s for sure, but we have a high confidence that Newcastle will sign this player in the summer, as long as he recovers well from this terrible injury.
We think he will.