The Mirror is reporting that Hatem Ben Arfa will be one of the players who will leave Newcastle in the summer, and certainly it could be all change for Newcastle in the summer, as players leave and others are brought in.
Ben Arfa – in action against Crystal Palace
It seems the French International has fell out of favor at Newcastle with manager Alan Pardew, and is no longer a starter, and of course Newcastle need to decide whether to give him a new contract in the summer or sell him, since he will have only one year left on his contract and will become a free agent next summer.
And there will be other French players who will accompany him out of the door at Newcastle, and they include 25 year-old Gabby Obertan, who has appeared only 5 times for Newcastle this season, and doesn’t make the bench these days.
24 year-old Romain Amalfitano, the younger brother of Morgan, the Marseilles play-maker who is on loan at West Brom, has never made it at Newcastle and will also return to France.
27 year-old Sylvain Marveaux is on the fringes of the side, and could also leave in the summer, and there have been rumors that utility defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could also be on his way.
Mapou has put in too many performances this season when he simply hasn’t turned up for Newcastle, and played very poorly and has twice been dragged off at half time.
One Frenchman Newcastle don’t want to lose is French International Mathieu Debuchy, but it could be that he is transferred to a bigger club, like PSG, if they come in for him with a big money offer.
And he would almost certainly jump at the chance to join his best friend Yohan Cabaye in Paris and play in the Champions League every season.
And certainly the appointment of Lee Charnley yesterday as the new Managing Director was proof the way Newcastle are run will not change, and the club will continue to sell players, if they get what they consider to be very good offers for them.
Loic Remy of course is another one who will leave this summer when his loan spell ends, although Newcastle would love to sign him on a permanent deal, but Newcastle are not a big enough club, and he will likely join a club playing in the Champions League.
So there could be as many as many as six French players leave the club this summer.
What do you think?