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Friday 15 December 2017

'Positive' Ben Arfa wants to play again

Ben Arfa
Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa has bid farewell to Nice after his attempts to join the Ligue 1 club were blocked and he has now pledged to do whatever it takes to get his football career back on track.

The 27-year-old winger tried to join Nice after his Newcastle contract was cancelled last month, but the French Football League (LFP) refused to sanction the deal because he had already played for both the Magpies and Hull in the 2014-15 campaign.

With FIFA transfer rules stating players cannot turn out for three different sides in a season, Ben Arfa's hands were tied, even though Nice and he had tried in vain for weeks to overturn the decision.

"It's over with Nice, but maybe not permanently, it may be just a goodbye," Ben Arfa said.

"I wanted to thank everyone; the fans, the coach, the players, the staff, who warmly welcomed me. It is a regret not to continue here. I try to be positive."

Ben Arfa is now without a club and reports on Monday suggested he might walk away from the game, but he rejected that notion at a press conference yesterday. "The goal is to find the competition, and therefore I may go abroad. I will not dwell on an event like this. I am ready to go to the North Pole to play," he added.

With his days on Tyneside clearly numbered, he headed to Hull on loan earlier this season but the KC Stadium also proved an unhappy hunting ground for him. Hull boss Steve Bruce was equally exasperated with the Frenchman and pulled the plug on the loan deal in December before Newcastle terminated his contract on January 4.

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