Following criticism of his coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, Lille attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (35, 7 games in L1 this season) is undergoing disciplinary proceedings which should lead to his dismissal (see here). But for Jérôme Rothen, the former Parisian is not the only one responsible.
“I’m not going to get on Gourvennec’s nerves. But when I hear him in a press conference, it’s a make-up trick: “But the relationship you had with your player is nothing,” said the RMC consultant. I didn’t use it enough. The relationship must have gotten tighter and tighter. “
“Now they’re going to get him out, so much the better for Gourvennec. Ben Arfa and Hatem have given him back to eating. So everything is fine, “joked the former Monegasque, who blames the Lille coach for poor management of the player.