Ben Arfa’s agent and adviser Simon Stainrod has talked to the Sunday Sun today, and has said that Newcastle’s response to Ben Arfa’s broken leg has been pure class, and that he can’t praise them enough.
Ben Arfa – in action against Everton
Stainrod told the Sunday Sun today:
“Hatem is not the kind of person who will be put off the Premier League or Newcastle United by this,” “His attitude will be that he’s going to be more determined. He will think ‘If it’s like that, I better do a few more weights and toughen myself up.’”
“He shouldn’t have to, but that will be the way Hatem is. He doesn’t want to give up on England or Newcastle. If anything, he wants it more.”
It has of course been a difficult past week for Ben Arfa, but it turns out the player has been more than impressed by Newcastle’s classy response to his injury.
The club doctor stayed with Ben Arfa all last week, and of course messages of support have just flooded in from both team-mates, the fans and also it turns out – from the club’s Directors.
And the fact that Chris Hughton made a tough eight-hour round trip by car on Wednesday to see Ben Arfa, has come in for special praise.
We’ve made that trip from Manchester to Newcastle after flying in from the US to Manchester airport, and it’s a really tough journey with the traffic in Manchester seemingly horrific at the best of times.
It’s interesting that I mentioned to my wife last week, that Chris had made the round trip in Manchester to visit Ben Arfa, and Madeline said there was no way he could have gone by car, and that he probably flew in by helicopter – so that’s just another indication that it’s a very tough road trip.
“It has been difficult for Hatem. Imagine anyone in that situation – settling into a new country where he doesn’t know the language and then he has an emergency operation within a few weeks of moving,”
“It’s been hard, but Newcastle United have been so keen to look after him – I can’t praise them enough.” “The fact that Chris Hughton worked a full day at Newcastle but then still went to see him in Manchester says a lot. It is the mark of the man and the club as well.”
We like to see the club looking after their players, and they certainly seem to have done fantastically well with Ben Arfa, by not only looking after the boy, seemingly in great style, but also making a reasonable appeal to the English FA to try to stop the reckless tackles that are crippling players in England.
This stuff coming out of some player’s mouths this week about it all being part of the game, is just absolute rubbish – breaking players’ legs with ridiculous flying tackles is not part of the game, it never was and never should be.
But there seems little doubt that Newcastle under manager Chris Hughton has a big heart – and it’s there for all to see – and Chris by his very actions is a credit to the Newcastle United club.