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Hatem Ben Arfa Lawyer Reveals Fight Against New Newcastle Moves To Force Him Out

7 years ago

This week we reported that Demba Ba had encouraged [intlink id=”46636″ type=”post”]Besiktas to make a move for Hatem Ben Arfa[/intlink].

However, in an interview over the Channel with Foot Mercato, Hatem Ben Arfa’s lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand has revealed that the player turned down the move to Turkey and is determined to stay and play at Newcastle, as he loves both the city and the club.

Bertrand also stated that they will consider action through the authorities if Newcastle’s treatment of the player behind the scenes doesn’t change.

“With Birmingham, there’s nothing. They are just noises.

“However, I received an email from the club (Newcastle United) last night confirming that Newcastle had reached an agreement with Besiktas for the transfer of the player. I discussed the sporting implications with his agent, Michel Ouazine, and Hatem, without talking about actual figures.

“Hatem has decided not to go with this offer. He prefers to stay in England and to play at Newcastle. Besiktas is therefore a no go.

“I don’t know if the club understands this, but Hatem is attached to Newcastle.

“Other players in his position would have already left by now after everything he has had to suffer. He has played, and  played well, for the reserves. Though the club had asked a few hours before the match that he didn’t play. Why?

“Under the pretext that there were talks with another club and that they didn’t want him to get injured, but there were no discussions (with any club).

“I think that some people have it in for him and want him to make a mistake to justify the punishments and tarnish his image in the eyes of the fans.

“Everyone thinks this is a man who is going to give in but Hatem is strong. He has a strong character and knows a lot more about who he is and where he wants to go, than what is claimed about him.

“He wants to light up Newcastle, he loves this club and this town.

“It is totally not normal that he’s not treated in the same way and with the same conditions as his teammates in the first team.

“If this continues after the transfer window, we will look to take action through the FA.

“He must have the same working conditions as the others, we are not demanding that he starts games or comes on as a substitute, but he just deserves the chance to train with the others.

“This situation cannot go on forever.”


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