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Hatem Ben Arfa – ‘A Bit Like A Child Returning Home’

6 years ago
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Hatem Ben Arfa agent Michel Ouazine has given an exclusive interview to Foot Mercato in France.

In the interview, Ouazine makes clear that Hatem Ben Arfa is interested in returning to Lyon, lists all the positive associations with the club, but then in the final analysis comes back to the problem of money and Newcastle United.

So will Hatem join the club that is ‘in his heart’?

This is what his agent had to say;

“We (Ouazine and Ben Arfa) have talked about Lyon and their great project – contrary to what some people believe, Lyon isn’t a club in decline but is a project in line with that of Arsenal.

“Hatem has told me the club is in his heart because he’s got a great relationship with Bernard Lacombe (played for and managed Lyon – now special adviser to the President) and enormous respect for the President (Aulas).

“Who doesn’t dream of coming back to the club where it all began – a bit like a child returning home.

“A great stadium project, the squad is young, and Hatem is a competitor.

“He is still young but has great experience at the highest level, technically he’s like Yoann Gourcuff.

“It’s an interest idea (Lyon) but there are of course the financial problems because, we mustn’t forget, he is owned by Newcastle United.”

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