Sunday, 27th January, 2013

Hatem Ben Arfa has denied that his comments about wanting to play for Paris Saint-Germain were an appeal to the French side to buy him from Newcastle.

The former Marseille player declared his love for PSG and insisted he would look favourably on any offer which arrived from Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

But Ben Arfa, who currently plays in the English Premier League with Newcastle, has denied that his comments were a come-and-get-me plea, although he did again stress his love for PSG.

"Much has been said, but this was not a come-and-get-me plea", he told Telefoot.


"I was asked if Paris Saint-Germain are the club of my heart and they are, I’m a Parisian.

"I’ve supported PSG since I was little, a club that made me dream with [George] Weah, Valdo and [David] Ginola.

"Someday, I’d love to play for them, to fulfil a child’s dream.

"But if Newcastle are very ambitious and do everything to succeed, I’ll stay."

Ben Arfa has been a huge success since swapping Marseille for Newcastle and helped the club to a fifth place finish in the Premier League last season.

This year his campaign has been interrupted by injury and the Frenchman has made just 13 Premier League appearances for the Magpies, though he has scored three goals.

Newcastle will hope he is at his best for the rest of the campaign as they look to pull clear of the relegation zone.

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