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Former Magpie Linked With Move To Serie A Club

Hatem Ben Arfa’s former PSG teammate Thiago Motta may be offering the 32-year-old free agent a lifeline. After recent talks with Nantes failed to produce a move for the midfielder, there is a report in Sky Sports Italy that Motta may try to bring his former teammate to Genoa.

Motta was hired as the Genoa manager on October 22nd and has guided them to 4 points over his first 4 games in charge. They had amassed just 5 points in their first 8.

Thiago Motta was the coach of PSG under-19 side in his only other managerial position. He has made an impressive start at Genoa as he tries to imprint his style on the team.

The Brazilian’s job has gotten that much harder with the recent ACL injury of their leading scorer Christian Kouame on international duty with the Ivory Coast. Genoa has brought in former Fulham forward Muamer Tankovic, but the reports out of Italy are that Motta also wants to bring in Hatem Ben Arfa.

Ben Arfa has been closely linked with moves to Fiorentina and Nantes over the past few months after he after his release from Rennes in the summer. However, he has failed to find an offer that he finds satisfactory. Whether his former teammate can convince him to come to Italy is far from likely.

43 comments so far

  • Just a fan

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #41

    You have a cause.
    Not all of us do.
    We just go to watch our team.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #42

    It doesn’t take much for Munster to continue his alternative narrative to the Benitez problem he has been confounded by all these years, one article with Rafa as the subject and he spills out horribly like a kicked-over gut bin.

    Benitez approaches the club not the other way round. He tries to stop a freefall but doesn’t quite manage it. He is berated by Munster for his failure and capitulation.

    Benitez decides to stake his reputation and skill on sticking with nufc and with a virtually zero net spend builds a championship winning squad. Munster berates him for being defensive and full and capitulating and not being runaway promotees at the half way point. We are promoted as champions with a sizeable goal difference.

    Benitez invests himself and his coaching team in the area, the fans, the academy and the squad and begins the struggle to build a solid base to progress using scant investment. Munster berates him for lack of attacking intent and failed player purchases, despite there being little or no budget. We finish higher than expected twice against odds and expectations of fans and pundits alike.

    We are supposed to believe, after all this has happened, when Munster and like minded carpers insist that Benitez has left simply to pack his pockets with money. Not that he took stock of the hopelessness of the situation, his career and the careers of his staff and took a job that would safeguard them. Rather than believe his very own words, we are supposed to believe the entirely guesswork conspiracy theory of Munster, the man who was wrong about him all those years.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 20, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #43

    Wow nice to see that I am exercising the minds of those who are so simplistic in approach that they can accept zero negativity re rafa. Keep talking amongst yourselves lads i’m glad to provoke your grey matter.


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