If you believe all the news on Ben Arfa recently, then it’s looking increasingly likely that he will be sold by Newcastle in the summer, with only one year left on his Newcastle contract.
Ben Arfa – in action against Arsenal
Ben Arfa is once again not as fit as the Newcastle coaches would like, and there are reports that after the last two games, there have been arguments in the Newcastle dressing room surrounding the 27 year-old French International, and the fact he doesn’t work hard for the side.
There’s news in Football Direct news today that Ben Arfa could return to his former club Marseilles in the summer, and of course, that’s the club he joined us from back in 2010.
Ben Arfa has played well for the Tyneside club over the last four years, and he has scored some phenomenal goals for us, but his fitness level and lack of work-rate seem to have become a bone of contention even more this year.
Alan Pardew refused to answer questions on the 27 year-old on Saturday after the 1-0 Stoke defeat, and he will know Newcastle fans will not be happy if the mercurial winger is sold this summer.
But from all the reports that seems to be what is going to happen.
Marseilles are not having a very good season in France, and are currently in 6th place and a whopping 28 points behind PSG, and 5 points behind 4th placed Saint-Etienne.
Football Direct News is reporting that Argentine boss Marcelo Bielsa is very likely to become the new manager at the south of France club, and that Ben Arfa is a wanted man there.
Ben Arfa has played 86 times for Newcastle with 14 goals and 18 assists, and while at Marseilles from 2008 he had a similar goal-scoring record, and played 91 times with 15 goals and 8 assists for only French club who have won the European Cup.