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Ben Arfa “I Must Save Newcastle”

8 years ago
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The usual routine, player heads back to his home country  while injured to get treatment and have the support of his family while recuperating, interviewed by local paper to get a certain headline.

Whether Hatem Ben Arfa should actually be doing interviews is one thing but back in Paris he gave an interview to La Parisien while recovering from his latest injury.

Pretty much all of the interview was positive as he spoke well of Newcastle and the manager & fans and how committed he was to the relegation battle but as usual they want to get a headline based on the player’s love of his boyhood team.

In this instance it it PSG but as always I look at it like when Alan Shearer was always asked if he’d like to play for Newcastle and always said ‘yes of course, boyhood team blah blah blah but all I’m bothered about at minute is Southampton/Blackburn’.

“I should be back playing in mid-February. I get treatment from Monday to Friday at the medical centre at Clairefontaine. Morale is good because I’m in Paris with my family but when I see the (Newcastle) games on television it is not easy. The club needs all the players available because we are near the relegation zone”.

When asked if he came to watch PSG very often;

“When I’m in Paris and there is a match then I’m going, but that is rare – only three or four times since I joined Newcastle.

When I was growing up I watched the great team of Ginola and Weah, I have supported the club ever since”.

Then Ben Arfa was asked when he was going to sign for PSG;

“I am under contract with Newcastle and I’m fine. First, I must save my club. I only think that. Help my team and my coach, with whom I get along great. We really want to fight for him (Alan Pardew). The fans are great too. After saving the club you never know.

Signing for PSG would be a childhood dream. If there is a proposal, I will study with interest. If there is a proposal, the ‘if’ is important. PSG is alive in my heart”.

To sum it up, when asked about his childhood team, is Ben Arfa supposed to say that if PSG ever came in for him he would 100% not have any interest whatever his situation at the time? To say that would be patently untrue so as a player you are stuck between a rock and a hard place…or alternatively just keep your mouth shut.

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