Speaking with BeinSports, Jean-Jacques Bertrand denies claims of a series of bust-ups between Ben Arfa and manager Alan Pardew.
"There was no major incidents, nothing justifies the remarks attributed to the environment of the coach. Whatever touches the reputation of Hatem, we will fight," he remarked.
On the midfielder's future, Bertrand was just as forceful.
"There is no question Hatem would do anything to play again. Knowing that, and the club knows, Hatem has two options. He can enact Article 17 which allows him, after three years of no contractual modification, to break his contract.
He can do it this year.
"He still has a year on his contract and not two as the coach would tell.
“Or he could also fix his situation with the club.
“What must not happen is that Hatem is destabilised and is made to look like it is he who is trying to leave the club.“