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Hatem Ben Arfa Wants A Return To Newcastle

Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame has revealed he talked to Hatem Ben Arfa before he agreed to sign on at Newcastle in the summer and Ben Arfa told him to join his former club.

Mo has been interviewed in the Chronicle and he admits he is still very close to Hatem after they played together for two years at Clairfontaine when they were young and the two are still in good communication with Hatem now in Paris at PSG.

Hatem Ben Arfa at Newcastle in 2013

They were also at Hull City together when Ben Arfa left Newcastle on loan for the season in August of 2014.

But Steve Bruce ended the loan deal the following January and Ben Arfa finally ended up at Nice for a full season before joining PSG last summer under manager Claude Puel, who is now at Southampton.

This is what Mo has said about his friend:

“Me and Hatem are friends. We had two seasons together at Clairefontaine. We still keep in touch now.”

“He’s not playing a lot at Paris-Saint Germain, but everyone knows the player he is. He will be back.”

“It’s true, Hatem told me to sign for Newcastle when I asked. He told me what a massive club Newcastle is. He was very happy here.”

“He told me he had a good relationship with the fans – he loved it, he told me straight away to come to Newcastle.”

“It would be nice for him to come back! He’s a player who could help the team and imagine him coming back and having happy fans who are behind him again.”

“I think it would be good for him and I know he still loves the club.”

Ben Arfa had one of his best seasons for some time last term when he scored 18 goals in 37 appearances for Nice.

He was in big demand in the summer when he joined PSG, but he’s played only 15 times for them with one goal this season.

It’s very unlikely he would ever return to Newcastle, but if he did it would be under a manager like Rafa Benitez,  who has vast experience on how to handle many different players with different temperaments and personalities.

It would be like a fairy tale if Ben Arfa did come back to Newcastle and we always said he’s the type of player who would be very good in a winning side.

No, there’s just no way he could ever come back.

That’s right isn’t it?


Ben Arfa played 86 times for Newcastle with 14 goals and 16 assists and in 2012 he scored two of the greatest individual goals ever seen at St. James’ Park against Bolton and Blackburn Rovers.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #1

    No thanks Hatem, great skills evidently not a great person.

  • hibbit

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Ben Arfa is a luxury we can’t afford
    thanks for the memories but no thanks

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Don your tin hat hibbit, we’ll be getting a bit for those two statements.

  • mindshaft

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Tend to agree, amazingly individual skilful player – not a team player and is a luxury even PSG won’t play and they massively dominate teams in the French league

  • mindshaft

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Tin hat at the ready

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Take him back in an instant.

  • Tuttelbom

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Totally agree with you there Laurent Robert 32

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    30 goals from 90 games is a good record especially as he rarely completed 90 minutes and was used as a sub. In a similar amount of games you’d expect Moussa to contribute about 10 and he always got 90 minutes and didn’t have to deal with being bullied by Pardew. Also it’s not like Moussa or even Ritchie do loads of defensive work. Ben Arfa is a player capable of taking us into the top 5.

  • cyprus

    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Well this one went on for years… 🙂 So, we’ll hear it all again ad nauseum.

    So here’s mine.

    Easily our best footballer since the entertainers. Our teams should have been built around him. Ahhh, my man, AP, this guy saved your axx but you didn’t know it….

    Can split any defense, top top player. And those goals… And is fit these days. Under Rafa he’d excel.

    OK, dream over.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Ben-Arfa is too selfish with the ball. Loved his great runs, but too many times he muffed his lines.

  • ToonHeart

    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Agree he’s selfish with the ball, but Rafa could manage him quite well I think!

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 23, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa won’t touch him unless he can change his mindset and I doubt that.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 23, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    I will want him back. …not a player for Pardew and such.

  • mactoon

    Dec 23, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Ben Arfa doesn’t say he wants a return to Newcastle here or am I missing something here?

    For god’s sake stop posting misleading titles

  • AndyMac

    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh fk HBA and Rafa at my club ???? That’s why they invented tissues !

  • BUDGIE10

    Dec 24, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d take him back in a heartbeat. Truly magical at times.


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