Ben Arfa rejected Werder Bremen to join Newcastle
The Marseille loan signing insists he only ever wanted a move to Tyneside once Newcastle’s interest became official.
He told the Evening Chronicle: “The time when I knew it was over at Marseille was after Newcastle became interested in me.
“The reason I didn’t go back to Marseille was because they said in the end they had accepted the offer by Newcastle.
“And all I wanted was to come here.”