'Rafa could make him a world beater' - Newcastle fans demand club swoops for dazzling attacker
Newcastle United fans have taken to Twitter to demand the club to re-sign Hatem Ben Arfa after it was confirmed that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Ben Arfa, 31, is known for his dazzling technical ability but injuries have scuppered what could have been an outstanding career for the 15-times France international.
The former Magpies attacker has not played for PSG since last April when he scored a brace against Avranches in the Coupe de France and he announced on his personal Instagram account on Thursday that he will be on the move this summer when his deal at the Stade des Princes expires.
“Soon the end of my adventure at PSG, despite difficult times, I am happy to have worn this jersey, I will keep wonderful memories with my teammates and through this message I take the opportunity to thank the many supporters,” he said.
Ben Arfa played for Newcastle between 2010 and 2015, scoring 14 goals in 86 appearances across all competitions.
However injuries plagued his spell at St James’ Park before he was sent on loan to Hull and was ultimately released before signing for Nice.
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Now, the Toon Army have called upon the club to re-sign the attacking midfielder who will be available for free in the summer transfer window.
One optimistic supporter claimed that Rafa Benitez could turn the Frenchman into a “world beater”.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Yes? …rafa could make him a world beater..look at dummett and lascelles!
— lee curry (@lc_curry) March 29, 2018
— toon travel 2 (@RuzMark) March 29, 2018
Would have him back in a heartbeat. Born entertainer
— David Green (@David9Green) March 29, 2018
In a heartbeat.
— Prash (@ShankPrash) March 29, 2018
— GeordiieDavex (@GeordiieDaveA) March 30, 2018
even at 31yo, he is on a different level than our current player.
We need his flair.
— Alfath Tauhid (@alfathtauhid) March 30, 2018
Ben Arfa coached by Rafa would be a dream move.. so definite yes from me!
— HilkiaJacobs (@ghetto2gold_H) March 29, 2018
Definitely. Under Rafa he'd be class
— Nick Green (@NickGreen0987) March 29, 2018
Ben Arfa made 32 appearances in all competitions at PSG and scored four goals.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies are in the hunt to sign this international forward who is dreaming of a Premier League switch.