Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Ben Arfa is staying - Marseille

Hatem Ben Arfa

Marseille have confirmed Hatem Ben Arfa did not train with the squad on Thursday amid rumours of a move to Newcastle, but insist the winger is not for sale.

France international Ben Arfa left the club's training ground with his advisers after meeting with club president Jean-Claude Dassier, but Dassier then told reporters he would not be selling Ben Arfa.

"Hatem is part of our squad and will remain so," he said.

"There is no serious and solid offer from Newcastle at the moment."

Dassier added that he does not expect the situation to change before the transfer window closes.

According to a report on L'Equipe's website, Ben Arfa failed to attend a scheduled meeting with coach Didier Deschamps on Friday morning.

He is now expected to be fined by the club and will not feature in Saturday's match against Valenciennes.

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