We had put a report out a few days ago, after learning that QPR had gazumped us for out top striker target Loic Remy that Mike Ashley needed to show more ambition for the Tyneside club, even if that meant we had to be spending more money on bringing in top players to Newcastle.
Ben Arfa – may leave in the summer?
And there’s been a lot of talk about Ben Arfa recently, and that he would like to join his boyhood club PSG, and today he has said he will sit down with the powers that be at Newcastle in the summer, and decide whether to move on or stay put – if he gets an offer from the Paris club.
This is what Ben Arfa said to ESPN:
“Today, I’m at Newcastle, and we’re not in a good position. I’m going to do my utmost to keep us up. Afterwards, you never know,”
“If I get an offer from PSG, of course I’d look carefully at it, but that’s not the case. I’m going to talk with the Newcastle Board at the end of the season. If there’s good ambition, why not stay? If not, I’d prefer to leave.”
We’ve said a number of times if Newcastle struggle through the end of this season and stay up, we could find it hard to keep some of our top players, and that’s exactly what Alan Pardew said last season. And of course if we don’t stay up we’ll have to jettison quite a few of our best players – because we cannot afford the wages.
The players who have come to the club are expecting a resurgence of Newcastle, and certainly our struggles this season, mainly because of injuries, is not exactly what we had hoped for.
That’s why we think this month is important – and that we should be bringing in top players, and that’s not only to strengthen the squad for the run-in to the league, but to show our top players we are serious about becoming a top club again.
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