Sunday August 3 2014
Newcastle 'humiliate' Milan target Ben Arfa

Milan transfer target Hatem Ben Arfa is “humiliated” at Newcastle United and desperate for a move.

The French striker had a huge falling out with manager Alan Pardew, was fined for being 1.5kg overweight and is forced to train with the reserves.

He has only one year left on his contract, so a transfer for relatively cheap would seem to be in the interests of all concerned.

“We don’t know what the problem is. Pardew in the past has said Hatem was extraordinary,” agent Michel Ouazine told the SoFoot.

“Hatem has done everything for Newcastle, every effort has been made to discuss the problem. We are in a situation where there doesn’t seem to be a solution.

“It’s unfair and humiliating. We will challenge the fine. We asked Newcastle to give us the player’s physical records.

“Hatem went on vacation with a personal trainer, he has worked to prepare for this season. That 1.5 kg? Yes, it is a pound of muscle and 500 grams of fat. He lost 2 per cent body fat. We therefore challenge the fine.”

The representative also hinted at a move to Milan, as his old club Lyon are not prepared to buy.

“He can go on a free after his contract is over – six months, or a year, this is not a problem. Who knows how long Pardew will be at Newcastle. In two months, he may not be here. Hatem love this club, he is idolised by fans.

“Hatem will remain professional and is working hard. He prefers a return to Lyon, but it is not economically feasible. Lyon is his first club, so there is a level of attachment. He loves Bernard Lacombe

“However, for me, it is very difficult financially – Newcastle want a lot of money for Hatem.”

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