Ben Arfa Reiterates Desire for Newcastle Stay Despite Liverpool Interest
Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has insisted he wants to continue playing for the club despite speculation his boss Alan Pardew may be looking to offload the player in the summer.
Ben Arfa, 27, has not featured in Pardew’s line-up since Newcastle’s disappointing 1-0 defeat against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, with Ben Arfa largely anonymous in that game.
The former Marseille man is usually one of Newcastle’s most creative players, and his abysmal season so far has caused quite a shock not only to the fans, but to his manager as well.
Regardless, Ben Arfa is keen to bounce back to his energetic form and pleaded to his boss to put him back in the team, telling the Guardian: “I feel sad and frustrated but not angry. I think I could make a difference and I’d like to try. I think Pardew believes in me, but he doesn’t show it. I don’t know why.
“He needs to give me more confidence to build my best game because, at the moment, I don’t have that,” the French international further added.
When asked about the possibility of being offloaded in the summer, Ben Arfa was adamant his choice is to stay with the Tyneside giants. “I think I can give a lot for the club. I want to stay because the supporters have given me a lot of love and I want to give that love back.”
Ben Arfa may be out of favour at St James’ Park but it appears he has admirers somewhere in Merseyside, with a certain Liverpool Football Club interested in acquiring his services.