Hatem Ben Arfa was once linked with a move to Manchester United but now he is to be released by Newcastle United as they have cancelled his contract by mutual consent.
The Frenchman has been in exile at St James Park as he has consistently found himself out of favour and struggling to get into the starting XI. He is now set to join Ligue 1 side Nice.
Steve Bruce and Hull City had offered him a chance to rejuvenate his career with a season at the KC, yet that too didn’t go plan. The move was surprised many as he made the deadline day move across the country to join the Tigers.
The deal didn’t go to plan as Bruce had the same issue Alan Pardew had in motivating Ben Arfa and getting him match fit. Even when he was fit and in the squad he would cause problems for his own team rather than the opposition.
So much so, he was hauled off after just 35 minutes at Old Trafford as Hull lost 3-0 and was told he would be would be returning to his parent club Newcastle.
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The Frenchman on one hand is the type of player that can make something out of nothing and win you a game, but one the other his lack of interest and laziness frustrates many fans and team mates.
Ben Arfa is expected to return to France as French side Nice have a deal in principle for the winger on a free transfer. It’s a real shame to see a player with such talent waste it by not putting the effort in training and out on the pitch, effectively ruining his career.