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Deschamps: Ben Arfa heading for Marseille exit

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has conceded winger Hatem Ben Arfa is likely to leave the club.

Ben Arfa is a long standing target of Newcastle United and has made no secret of his desire to move to the Premier League, even travelling to Tyneside off his own back last week.

The France international has said he will not play for Marseille again and has even refused to return to training with the club but Deschamps says the 23-year-old has gone about things the wrong way.

"Getting Ben Arfa back seems to be very difficult, considering his drastic actions and behaviour," he told L'Equipe. "Missing training sessions is not good for him or the group. I believe I have tried to do a lot for him. He has talent, but he has weaknesses too.

"I have spent a lot of time talking to Hatem. My first idea was to find him a club somewhere else, let him leave for sporting reasons, but I have never said that I didn't want him anymore."

After the departure of striker Mamadou Niang to Fenerbahce was completed, Deschamps is reluctant to see another attacking player leave the club without adding reinforcements first.

He added: "The Niang transfer hurt us a lot. I wanted to keep him and put reinforcements alongside him. I can understand the will to sell for economical reasons, but we should have forecast his departure.

"To let him leave now, shortly after the start of the season, is a disaster. The Hatem situation has now further reduced our attacking power. If he leaves, we will need to find a new solution in attack."

As for Niang, the Senegalese striker signed a three-contract upon his arrival in Istanbul and said: "My transfer was hard for both clubs but we finally reached an agreement. I have made a career choice. Now I want to do everything for Fenerbahce."


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