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On Sunday we learned thatHatem Ben Arfa had an altercation with his trainerJocelyn Gourvennec but also his teammate, Tiago Djalo. Always separate from the group, the French international seems to be seeing his experience in the north prematurely. What gives regret to his first agent, Frédéric Guerre, who spoke for? RMC Sports†
On the reasons for the failure of Ben Arfa
“It eavesdropped psychologically long ago, in his youth. He was the king, the king, the king. He was always told his rights, but never his duties. When I saw him and his parents trusted me, I was convinced that I had a player in my possession, if we worked on his mind, who would be a future Ballon d’Or, he had so much talent. It will remain a huge mess, it could be THE mess of 21st century football.”
At a potential pressure too young
“No, there are plenty of players who were told very early on that they would be pearls. And they were. Cristiano Ronaldo became a huge worker very early on, someone who always recovered. Because Karim Benzema went on exactly the same journey. This one. are people who told themselves that to get to the top it took work, work, work And that talent wasn’t enough But his mentor, Michel Ouazine (his advisor and representative, editor’s note), told him only that talent was enough”.
About his state of mind
“I remember Didier Deschamps benching him once in Marseille. Michel said to me: “He puts him on the bench because he asks him to defend. But we’re not asking a future Ballon d’Or to defend!” And he says so in front of Ben Arfa… It can’t help the boy grow up. Hatem turns 35 today, but he’ll be 17 all his life . He’s a kid.”
About the difference with Benzema
“When I took care of the two, at U17, I went to see them in training. I saw Karim looking playfully at Hatem, to see what he was doing. Karim then tried to do it again, and did it again.. Grace in Hatem Karim, having understood that he was second behind him, realized that talent would not be enough. was enough. And if you look at him today, he is still convinced. I’m sure some psychiatrists would break their brains over such a difficult character… than Hatem’s”.
On the recent slip in Lille
“Hatem is a boy who has no filter between his brain and his mouth. There are people who mean everything they say, but who don’t say everything they mean. Hatem will tell him everything he thinks, and with force what is reported to us by the press, when he says his team is playing too low: it is the analysis of a footballer who may not be wrong at the moment T. On the other hand, adding “We are not here in Guingamp”, is “It’s necessarily to want to hurt his trainer who went through Guingamp. And it’s unbearable for a dressing room, a president, an institution. Again, if he made differences like Mbappe in Paris Saint-Germain… but we’re not in it Lille, and we won’t be there with the next one. Because there will be another. There will always be someone to believe that Hatem is a manageable person and up to the challenge.”
Frédéric Guerra, Hatem Ben Arfa’s first agent, made no bones about his dismay after the new controversy surrounding the player. Worse, he thinks “HBA” has remained a kid and could well be the big football bruise of the 21st century.