Ligue 1 Manager Rules Out Sensational Return Of Free Agent To Replace Former Magpie

During his press conference this morning, Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas ruled out a move for free agent and former Magpie Hatem Ben Arfa.

There were rumblings in the press that Ben Arfa would make a sensational return to Marseille as cover for former Newcastle player Florian Thauvin. Florian is out until at least January after undergoing surgery for an ankle problem he has been suffering from since last April.

Hatem Ben Arfa famously left the French club in 2010 to try and force a move to Newcastle. He was ultimately successful as he joined initially on loan before sealing a permanent transfer in 2011.

This is what Villas-Boas said when asked about making a move for the 32-year-old Frenchman:

“We are not going to move for Hatem Ben Arfa, nor, I think, for any player whatsoever. That means that we will stay like this. It has nothing to do with the quality of the player, it is just a decision that we are taking. My squad has been the same since June, that is the reality for this season.”

Hatem Ben Arfa remains without a club after failing to accept offers this summer. He had been approached by Fiorentina and Fenerbahce but was unable to come agree on an offer.

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