News today in the local press that Newcastle will attempt to extend Hatem Ben Arfa’s contract before the end of this year, as the 26 year-old has become an important player for Newcastle, and hopefully his injuries problems at the club are now behind him.
Ben Arfa – new deal for the French wizard
Ben Arfa signed on at Newcastle in January of 2011, when he was still suffering from that terrible double fracture of his left leg (the important one), and it was a four and a half year deal he signed, so his current contract still has almost two years to run, but Newcastle are to renegotiate the deal to keep Ben Arfa on Tyneside.
Newcastle had hoped to open contracts talks in the summer, but presumably the chance didn’t arrive, for whatever reason, and we’re not sure who is now responsible for the contract talks – now that Derek LLambias is gone, and Joe Kinnear seems to be the top executive at Newcastle.
Ben Arfa is a match winner, and he showed that last time out against Fulham, when he was a constant threat down the right wing, and scored that fantastic goal with just three minutes of normal time to play to get a vital 3 points for Newcastle.
And that was even though manager Alan Pardew after the game admitted he was pulling his hair our at some of Ben Arfa’s decision making.
It will be good to get Ben Arfa signed to a long term deal, and we hope he can play more games than he has played in the three seasons he has been on Tyneside.
Ben Arfa has appeared only 60 times, but has scored 12 great goals and the French International also has 14 assists, and certainly has been Newcastle’s best player so far this season.
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