The new French manager has had this to say in advance of naming his squad to play Uruguay in Le Havre on 15th August;
“Some of those who went to the Euros will not be there (against Uruguay). There will possibly be a few new faces.
France are a work in progress. We have to create a group again. There is a need for some fresh blood. People always want new and young players introduced.
I really want everyone to have the right attitude and behave properly. If anyone doesn’t do that, they’ll be condemning themselves, not me. Being picked or not picked is a form of sporting sanction”.
After having big problems with Descamps when both were at Marseilles, the manager’s words won’t exactly inspire confidence for Ben Arfa.
A very strange summer for the player and I can’t help thinking that from a Newcastle perspective, I wish Blanc had continued to ignore our enigmatic genius.