As we had intimated earlier this morning, Ben Arfa was very close to signing a new deal at Newcastle United, and the deal has now just been confirmed by the Newcastle United club.
Hatem Ben Arfa – signs permanently for Newcastle United
This is what the 23 year-old said this morning after signing for the famous Newcastle United club, apparently the only club he wanted to play for:
“I am absolutely delighted to be signing for Newcastle United on a permanent basis,”
“During my short time at the club, I thoroughly enjoyed playing for the team and for the supporters too. This is a great club and I am very happy to be committing my future to them.”
“I am getting back to fitness as quickly as I can, and am really looking forward to getting back to St James’ Park, seeing the lads again and of course working with Alan Pardew and his staff.”
“During my time out, I have been inundated with messages of support from fans and I want to repay them all with good performances on the pitch later this season.”
An ecstatic Alan Pardew added:
“When I came to the club last month, one of my priorities was to secure Hatem on a permanent deal.”
“The last thing I wanted was for us to lose him when his loan ended so we’re really pleased to have agreed that deal today.”
“He’s obviously a top player and he’s shown that in France, at international level and in his short time here at Newcastle.”
“I’m delighted to secure Hatem as my first signing and once he’s back fit, I have no doubt he’ll confirm just what a superb player he is.”
And Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias got the job done for the club today, and this is what Derek had to say:
“Bringing Hatem on loan earlier in the season was quite a coup, but to sign him permanently on a long-term deal is even better.”
“Alan Pardew made it clear that he wanted Hatem here beyond his loan spell so we have backed him and made that happen.”
“Hatem is exactly the type of player that we want here; a young international class player with his best years ahead of him. And now those years will be spent at St. James’ Park.”
It’s a great first signing for Alan Pardew at Newcastle United, and you have to give Alan credit because very shortly after arriving at the club, he stated his internion to sign the Frenchman on a permanent basis.
And he’s now got the powers that be at Newcastle, to do exactly that.
It seems that Hatem has signed a four and a half year deal, that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.
This is just great great news for the Newcastle United club, not to mention the fans.