We got it wrong yesterday when we said that Newcastle would have to pay Ben Arfa’s wages through June 30th, because on 4th January Newcastle ended Ben Arfa’s contract by mutual agreement.
Longer term readers will know we put deliberate mistakes in just to keep our readers on their toes. 😀
Ben Arfa – in happier times at Newcastle
So basically Ben Arfa is a free agent now out of a job after FIFA somehow decided that by playing for the Newcastle U21 side once – he had played for Newcastle and could only play for two clubs in one season.
So the 18 month contract he signed earlier this year with Nice we suppose has been held up because Nice will not want to pay him if he cannot play for them until next season.
So it’s interesting if they will in fact pay him wages, or whether at the moment Ben Arfa is out of a job.
We’ll always remember some of the great goals Ben Arfa scored for us,
And the Frenchman had the abilities of a Lionel Messi – but without the application, temperament and character that has made Messi into one of the world’s best players.
It’s really a case of wasted talent with Ben Arfa – but we still hope the 27 year-old can resurrect his career at Nice, either now or next season.
We wish him the very best.
For the record Ben Arfa played 86 times for Newcastel with 14 goals.
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