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Ben Arfa rejected Werder Bremen to join Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa rejected a move to Champions League participants Werder Bremen to sign with Newcastle United.

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."

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