There’s a report in the Sun today that Hatem Ben Arfa could return to Newcastle United before the end of the season, if Alan Pardew is fired from his job, but according to the Hull City manager – that will not happen.
Hatem Ben Arfa – in Hull’s colors on Monday night
The Sun is reporting there is a clause in the loan deal that says Ben Arfa could return to Newcastle in January – but given the status of things when the loan deal was made – why would Alan Pardew ever have that clause put in the loan deal?
On that same afternoon, he had just told the French winger earlier in the day, that he would never play him in the Newcastle first team again.
And Geordie Steve Bruce has said today there is no recall clause for Ben Arfa, who will be at the game tomorrow, but he will be in the stands and not on the bench.
This is what Bruce said about Ben Arfa:
“Let me put this straight,” “Apparently, what I’m hearing is he’s sitting on the bench next to me.”“He’s going to sit in the seat that Newcastle give him.¨
¨If they want to sit him on top of the stand, that’s where they can put him.¨ “I’ve heard all the other nonsense as well, but it’s a normal loan deal like everyone else has got, no breaks, nothing at all.”
And since Ben Arfa’s contract at Newcastle runs out at the end of next June, its hard to see how he would ever come back to Newcastle.
In addition to seeing banners and getting chants of Pardew Out tomorrow afternoon – we suppose we will also hear Ben Arfa’s name chanted from the terraces.
No wonder Steve Bruce is calling on his players to take advantage of the poisoned situation tomorrow afternoon, and win the game at St. James’ Park for the second season running.
It’s hard to see how Newcastle can take anything out of this game, with the atmosphere at St. James’ Park likely to be hostile.
But we’ve been wrong before – there’s the good news. 😀
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