Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa has given a number of interviews in the run-up to the important game against England on Monday night in the Euro 2012 Championships.
Hatem Ben Arfa - in action for Newcastle this year
Ben Arfa had a very successful season that’s just finished, in what was his first full season on Tyneside, after suffering a terrible double fracture of his left leg in October of 2010, which kept him out of the game for 10 months.
But the 25 year-old listened closely to what Alan Pardew said he wanted from him, if he was to be a starter at Newcastle, and since January the French international has produced the goods for Newcastle big time, and that has led to him rightfully regaining his spot in the French squad.
It’s true that some mercurial displays for France in the upcoming Euro 2012 Championships that start tonight, could have some big clubs coming after him in July and August, and he was asked about this by L’Equipe:
“If I do not have a really, really serious proposal, I’ll stay,” “If a big club comes, but does not propose something interesting – that is to say, the coach really wants me – I’ll stay.”
“If I do not feel the confidence of the [interested club's] coach 100%, I will not leave. I still have three-year contract. But I know it can go fast.”
Those words from Ben Arfa in some reports are being seen as evidence that he will stay at Newcastle, but it seems that if Chelsea or some other big club came along for him after the Euros he may want to leave Newcastle, which would be terrible.
Of course the top stars are always being asked leading questions, and sometimes it’s hard for them not to fall into the trap of suggesting they may leave, even if they have no plans to do so, and there’s always the difficulties of translation.
If Ben Arfa plays next season as he has the last last five months of the season just passed, we expect Newcastle to offer the lad a new contract and tie him down at Newcastle long term, and longer than the three years left on his current deal.
And there seems no reason why players like Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse cannot take Newcastle into Europe consistently over the next few seasons.
What do you think?