Hatem Ben Arfa has given his clearest intention yet that he is planning to leave Newcastle United and wants to join up with Zlatan Ibrahimovich at PSG.
The Newcastle winger, 25, has given an interview with L’Equipe which signals that he wants to leave St James’ Park and return to his hometown of Paris.
Ben Arfa said: To sign for PSG would be a childhood dream. If there is a proposal, I will study it with great interest. It would be an honour to play with him (Ibrahimovic).”
The Frenchman added: “I always bathed in Paris and PSG is (my brother’s) symbol in football. Parc des Princes is fifteen minutes from my house. PSG is part of me.”
The announcement will come as a further disappointment to Magpie fans who have read of the news of captain Fabricio Coloccini wanting to return to Argentina half-way through a difficult and testing where the squad has been stretched to its limit. The club has fallen into a relegation battle and the revelation of Loic Remy choosing to transfer to Queens Park Rangers rather than the North-East club will further anger fans who desperately need a replacement for Demba Ba who left for Chelsea in January.
Ben Arfa appears to be determined to force a move away from Newcastle after he said that he valued Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea ahead of his own club reports Goal.com.
The French winger has been a key player for Alan Pardew’s team since his £2m transfer in 2010 scoring 9 goals in 29 starts and has acquired admiring glances from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.
But it appears that a return to super-rich Paris-St-Germain would prove too good to turn down.