It wasn’t rocket science to suggest some MLS teams would be very interested in taking Ben Arfa to America, and one thing they love with their soccer players over here (it’s called soccer to differentiate it from American Football), are those like former Newcastle player Hatem Ben Arfa – who have skills galore.
Hatem Ben Arfa – skills galore – they’ll love him in US
It didn’t make much sense for Ben Arfa to announce he was leaving Nice because he couldn’t play for them this season, without having something else lined up, since he is again a free agent.
And Manchester City’s farm club New York City FC, is reported as being interested in taking the player.
That’s the club that Frank Lampard joined last summer, after ending his Chelsea career, only for him to be shipped back to England to play the full season on loan at Manchester City.
The news is being reported in L’Equipe and they say that Ben Arfa is already in talks with the football club.
It’s also good timing because the MLS season kicks off over in March – so the Frenchman could be playing as early as March and training well before that if he signs up soon.
New York City FC will play in the sky blue strips of the Manchester City club, and will play their home games at the famous Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
That’s because New York City FC is a joint venture between the Yankees and Manchester City, and it would offer Ben Arfa some great opportunities to show his skills in America.
And he only has to show them the video of the two goals he scored at St. James Park against Blackburn and Bolton in 2012, to show them the tremendous individual skills the Frenchman possesses.
This potential move also explains why he didn’t want to wait until next season to play for Nice, and Frank Lampard and David Villa are already two excellent players on the roster in New York.
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