Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hatem's Ben Really Busy off the Pitch

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hatem's Ben Really Busy off the Pitch

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YOU know a player is serious about wanting to do well for Newcastle United when they are prepared to go out there and mix with the Geordie public.

Tthat's exactly what Hatem Ben Arfa has been doing in the past few weeks since he returned from France. He's working as hard off the field as he is on it.

What Hatem has been doing is great.

He has to take his time and not rush things too quickly - there's been talk of him making a comeback since January!

Of late there's talk of a comeback for one or two games before the end of the season.

We have great medical staff and they will ensure he comes back when the time is right - and not before then.

Hatem is integrating himself within the area on Tyneside and learning every day.

You don't just learn a new language when you come to a new country, and it isn't just sitting reading books.

What you do is you learn a whole new way of life - especially here in Newcastle.

Hatem has been brilliant.

BEN ARFA He's learning by talking to the local folk and has even been going to watch Gateshead in the Conference - he was also at the Northumberland Senior Cup game against Ashington, sat in the stand with the fans. …

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