Hatem Ben Arfa is a popular player on Tyneside, and we are looking forward to the French International having a great season for us next term.
Ben Arfa in training yesterday
And it seems Alan Pardew has big ambitions for Ben Arfa too, as he has talked today about the 25 year-old Frenchman, who has so far been capped 13 times for France.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the local papers today:
“For example, if Hatem gets in the French national team, you can imagine what it would do for his confidence.”
“So they’re all things I want to happen.” “I want Hatem to play at a World Cup. I think he can play for France. I think Cabaye can play for France.”
“I think Moussa could play for France next year, and maybe even Mapou.” “He’s got the experience. If he had a fantastic year this year, he could make it.”
But one of the problems Ben Arfa has is the French manager Didier Deschamps, who captained France to that stunning 3-0 win in the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil, doesn’t get on too well with the 25 year-old Frenchman.
Didier was the manager at Marseilles when Ben Arfa essentially walked out in August three years ago, and took a flight to Newcastle in an attempt to force through a move to the club he wanted to join – Newcastle United.
And when Ben Arfa arrived on Tyneside, he remembered how some great French wingers had played for Newcastle, which is just one reason he wanted to join Newcastle.
And the love affair with the Tyneside club doesn’t seem to have diminished, and Ben Arfa now wants a new five-year deal at Newcastle, and we think he;ll get it although he;s been injured a lot over the last three years and has played only 56 times, but with 11 great goals and 10 assists.
Ben Arfa is in no rush at all to leave Newcastle, and he’s one of the many good players we already have at the club.
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