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Didier wants Ben Arfa stay

French giants keen to keep midfield star

Last Updated: 21/01/10 4:43pm

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Ben Arfa: Attracting interest

Ben Arfa: Attracting interest

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Marseille coach Didier Deschamps remains confident of keeping reported Everton target Hatem Ben Arfa at Stade Velodrome.

The talented French schemer has been strongly linked with a January switch to Goodison Park, with Everton officials thought to have engaged in discussions with their Marseille counterparts.

Ben Arfa, along with Mathieu Valbuena, is said to be weighing up his future after falling out of favour with Marseille boss Didier Deschamps.

However, having reinstated the pair into his starting XI over the past couple of weeks, Deschamps is keen to keep them at his disposal.

"The issue for the duo of Ben Arfa and Valbuena was game time and I understand their disappointment but they do not get that," he told L'Equipe.

"(But) they like me, they have pace and they have given a boost to this team.

"They will stay. I have no doubt at all about their involvement."

While Deschamps is confident of keeping the duo, Valbuena is less convinced that his future lies at the club.

"As for my future, we'll see," said Valbuena. "Today I am 100 per cent with Marseille and I work hard because there are things to do here.

"But we do not know what tomorrow will bring."

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