One strange thing that has happened this pre-season is that Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez have been banished from training with the first team, and both are available for transfer.
The forgotten men at Newcastle – Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez
Sylvain Marveaux essentially found himself in the same position, but he has managed to get himself a move to French club Guingamp on loan for the season.
The news on Jonas is even more bizarre, because he’s still in Argentina and training with a personal trainer as his representatives try to get him fixed up with a club.
One problem that Newcastle could have is that if the two players are not moved out in this transfer window – will they then be told to train with the Reserves for next season?
Alan Pardew was asked if it was important that players like Ben Arfa and Jonas, who are not in his plans for next season, are sold in this transfer window:
“Maybe, maybe not. It depends. I think the balance of the squad is always important – the spirit is crucial.” “I don’t want to comment on those players at the moment,”
“When you seen teams that win trophies, it’s obvious you need a group of players who not only have the quality and physical prowess, and more importantly have the spirit, because you can see great teams who fail when they don’t have that.”
“Look at Spain in their World Cup, and France after they won in ‘98, you need that spirit. I think we have a great spirit this summer.” “I will not allow anything to alter that spirit. I’ll ensure it remains as it is.”
“I can sense a really positive mood on the training ground,” said Pardew, who was the subject of protests from fans in the latter months of last season when the team’s challenge for a European place fell away alarmingly.
“I’m confident that will be replicated in the stands.”
Both Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez may want to see out the last year of their contracts at Newcastle, and become free agents next summer, and they could resist any permanent moves before September.
The players could go out on loan, and it looks like we will have to wait until the last day or two of the transfer window before a club comes in for them, and we know their status.
If either one of them is still at Newcastle on September 2nd, it’s a very good question what happens then?
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