Alan Pardew has never been too good on small details like how many players were out of the side last Saturday, and after the defeat at Stoke he said we have had 10 players out – but the truth is that we had four players missing – Remy, Debuchy, Sissoko and Santon.
Ben Arfa with Alan Pardew
And yesterday in his press conference Alan got his facts wrong about Ben Arfa, and it’s why a number of pundits are expecting Newcastle to sell Ben Arfa this summer.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about Ben Arfa:
“Does he have a future here? Yes. He’s still contracted here for two years,” “It’s like all players and all situations, there’s certain times when you talk to players and want more, and players want more from you as manager.”
“Those talks go on on a daily basis with all players, not just Hatem.”
The facts are that in January of 2011 after being on loan at the club from Marseilles for six months, Ben Arfa, who had a broken leg at the time, signed a four and a half year deal which keeps him at Newcastle until the end of June of 2015, so he’s got about 14 months left on his contract and not two years as Alan says above.
And since he will be a free agent next summer three things could happen:
- Newcastle could offer him a new contract this summer and he stays long term at Newcastle
- Newcastle sell him this summer so they get something for him
- Ben Arfa runs out his contract and leaves as a free agent next summer
That third possibility seems very unlikely to happen when Newcastle could get say £5M for him in the summer, and Mike Ashley has shown a number of times that money is all important to him.
Most people think number one above will happen, and with the stories of late that the Frenchmen has been causing problems in the dressing room, that’s another reason he could leave this summer.
In any case the 27 year-old Frenchman has just over 14 months of his current contract to run.
We hope he gets a new deal in the summer.
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