Yohan Cabaye has talked to the French press today about his former colleague at Newcastle United – Ben Arfa – and it seems Newcastle have given up on the French winger and will sell his this summer, but Yohan says he will simply bounce back with another team.
Hatem Ben Arfa – to leave Newcastle this summer
Ben Arfa was reported to have caused some trouble in the Newcastle dressing room late in the season, and during our six game losing streak, and you wouldn’t expect the dressing room to be a happy one when we were losing almost every game now – would you?
If it was a happy dressing room there would have been something wrong.
And the way manager Alan Pardew handled that situation was to leave the Frenchman out of the 18 man squad for the last few games of the season.
It seems almost certain the 27 year-old will now leave the club in the summer, but Yohan Cabaye made it clear he thinks his French team-mate is full of class, as he had this to say to FootMercato:
“I have not talked to him about a departure.” “This is a situation that he must manage on his side. For me, he remains an extraordinary player with enormous quality.¨
“It is true that it was harder for him late in the season. He is going to bounce back and find more opportunities with another team.¨ “For me, this is one of the players I’ve played with who has the highest quality.¨
“If he decides to return home, that will be good for the French League.”
As far as we are concerned, selling a player with the magical skills of a Ben Arfa does not reflect well on Newcastle United, and it suggests we are not a good enough side to carry a player who has terrific skills. but is not a particularly hard worker for the side – even though he has proved a number of times he can be a match-winner.
Other more successful clubs can handle that situation, but it seems not Newcastle – at least not at the moment.
And since Newcastle fans just love the lad, and Ben Arfa loves the fans – it will be very disappointing when Ben Arfa leaves the club this summer,
Newcastle will get some money for him this summer, before his five year deal runs out next summer – and as we know - it’s all about money at Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley.
Ben Arfa is likely to join a club playing in the Champions League too.