HATEM Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull – and in France a film is being produced about the mercurial winger.
The 27-year-old former Marseille player appears set for a January transfer after Newcastle manager Alan Pardew declared he did not want to take Ben Arfa back from his loan spell at Hull, where boss Steve Bruce has written him out of his plans.
His agent Michel Ouzaine told 20minutes.fr: “There are a lot of clubs interested in him, despite everything that has been said. He will have a new club in January, that won’t be a problem, don’t you worry.”
A surprising development, according to the same report, is the work-in-progress that is the documentary being made about the former France international.
Film-maker Bruno Sevaistre, who produced a documentary series from 1999 to 2002 that featured the daily lives of Ben Arfa and a host of other young players at France’s Clairefontaine football headquarters, has been given access to the footballer’s life away from the pitch.
In the ‘A la Clairefontaine’ series, the teenage Ben Arfa and fellow future professional Abou Diaby were seen grappling in an angry exchange.
Sevaistre said: “I feel a little responsible for all the media exposure around Hatem and the consequence this has had on his career.
“This film, or this series – it hasn’t been decided yet – is a way to redress the balance.
“We don’t always see the best of Hatem. I filmed him crying with those close to him, but he is a boy who is the total opposite to his reputation. He is sensitive, serious, fragile. People don’t have any idea of the obstacles he has had to overcome in his career.”