Ben Arfa’s agent and advisor Simon Stainrod has made it very clear today that the ball is in Newcastle court, on whether they sign Ben Arfa or not.
Ben Arfa – taking oxygen as he was stretchered off with broken leg
There is still the decision to be made on whether to turn the Ben Arfa loan from Marseilles into a £5M permanent move, and with the lad’s broken leg, that decision has been made more complex.
But Ben Arfa’s agent Stainrod says that decision is entirely dependent on Newcastle:
“I know the deal is that if he plays 25 games Newcastle get him automatically, but they can make it permanent at any time before then if they wish,”
“It is Newcastle’s decision – they negotiated an excellent deal. But I don’t know what will happen, it is far too early to say.” “I think Newcastle fans see Hatem as a kindred spirit.”
“The way he acknowledged them when he was in all that pain was pretty remarkable,” “There’s a bond there. When he comes back – and he will come back – the reception will be almost KevinKeegan-esque.”
Assuming that Ben Arfa makes a good and complete recovery from his broken leg, we have to believe that Newcastle will sign the lad, but they will probably wait until the summer before making their final decision on the French International.