Influential Newcastle playmaker Ben Arfa has heaped more misery on Tyneside by hinting that he would be interested in a move to PSG.
Newcastle United are a team in need of a serious pick me up. They need the football equivalent of a ‘Berocca.’ Last season they were arguably the Premier League’s surprise package, finishing 5th in the league and delivering the kind of entertaining football that the passionate Toon Army so crave.
Manager Alan Pardew has done a great job decorating the Magpies with a cluster of exciting international players and, in Newcastle at least, Pardew must be thought of in similarly high regards as Geoff from ‘Biker Grove.’
This season has been a different unlucky story. Newcastle’s injury list has been longer than the auditioning cast for TV’s Holby City, Demba Ba has moved to Chelsea, captain Coloccini wants to go back home to Argentina and the club currently sit precariously in 16th place, only two points above the relegation zone.
Even worse it has emerged that QPR seem to have hijacked Newcastle’s bid to sign Marseille striker Loic Remy and now winger Ben Arfa has admitted that moving to PSG would be a “dream move,” after supporting them as a youngster. The Toon Army are a hard bunch to knock down, but just in case there are any Newcastle fans reading that are feeling particularly fragile please be assured that the French play maker has signalled his intent to help save the club first. Speaking to Le Parisien, Ben Arfa said, "I am under contract with Newcastle and I'm fine. First, I must save my club. I only think of that. Help my team and my coach, with whom I get along great. We really want to fight for him.”
"The fans are great, too. Once we have saved the club, you never know. To sign for PSG would be a childhood dream. If there is a proposal, I will study it with interest. If there is a proposal. The 'if' is important."
The 25 year old has been a sensation at Newcastle, dazzling fans with his quick feet and scoring 10 goals in 48 games for the club. His reputation in France however is less favourable, having built a status as being a high maintenance player when at Lyon and Marseille. Ben Arfa suggests that he is now ready to rid himself of that tag and that the French public would be surprised by his new found maturity, "You have to be ready to play for PSG. You have to go there with a certain experience, having overcome a number of obstacles.
“When I was younger, it would have been difficult for me to join them. PSG is a dangerous club if you're not ready. Now I have more maturity."
To finish on a positive note for Newcastle fans it is thought that the influential winger maybe back within a month, "I should be able to resume [playing] in mid-February. I rehabilitate from Monday to Friday at the medical center at Clairefontaine. Morale is good because I'm in Paris and with family.
"But when I see the games on television, it is not easy. The team needs all its players."
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