Hatem Ben Arfa: 'I am interested in Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool'

Hatem Ben Arfa
© PA Photos
Hatem Ben Arfa says that he nearly left Newcastle United in the summer to join Chelsea.

Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed that he turned down a move to Chelsea in the summer but would consider leaving the Magpies this month.

The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a transfer away from St James' Park in the summer, but chose to stay after they recorded an impressive fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season.

Despite previously deciding against a move away from the North-East, Ben Arfa has suggested that he would reconsider his options now and has cited Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool as possible destinations.

"I am interested by Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Today, these clubs are over Newcastle," Ben Arfa told BeIn Sport.

"During the summer, there was contact with Chelsea. But I wanted to stay in Newcastle. Whoever tasted England, it's hard to go elsewhere. There is everything to be happy."

Ben Arfa has also admitted that it would be "a dream" if he returned to play in Ligue 1 for childhood club Paris Saint-Germain.

Loic Remy
Read Next:
'Third club' interested in Remy
>


Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton32208454262868
2Newcastle UnitedNewcastle31213760253566
3Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3119484235761
4Reading3218684741660
5Leeds UnitedLeeds331841145341158
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds32177841301158
7Norwich CityNorwich331561258471151
8Fulham311310852371549
9Barnsley33147125147449
10Preston North EndPreston331310104440449
11Derby CountyDerby31138103629747
12Cardiff CityCardiff33136144547-245
13Ipswich TownIpswich331011123441-741
14Birmingham CityBirmingham331010133448-1440
15Brentford31107144445-137
16Queens Park RangersQPR32107153445-1137
17Aston Villa31812113036-636
18Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest33106174658-1236
19Wolverhampton WanderersWolves3198143842-435
20Burton Albion3297163346-1334
21Bristol City3195174246-432
22Wigan AthleticWigan3279162938-930
23Blackburn RoversBlackburn3178163649-1329
24Rotherham UnitedRotherham3345243073-4317
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand