Hull City’s on loan winger Hatem Ben Arfa says he knows that his parent club Newcastle will release him at the end of this season so he has to prove himself. Inside Futbol carry the quotes from the 27-year-old Frenchman.
Ben Arfa started his professional career with French giants Lyon in 2002 and was quickly labelled as a hot prospect for the future. He made his debut for the first team in August 2004, going on to play 64 Ligue 1 games for Lyon, winning 4 titles, a Coupe de France and 2 Trophée des Champions. Marseille purchased Ben Arfa in July 2008 for €12m and he would play 63 Ligue 1 matches for them before his Premier League switch.
Newcastle were one of a number of clubs seeking to buy Ben Arfa in the summer of 2010 as he told Marseille he would not play for them again and the Magpies then agreed a loan deal. During the 2010/11 season he broke his leg but Ben Arfa agreed a permanent deal in January 2011. In total he played 76 Premier League games for the Toon, scoring 13 times but then fell out with the management leaving him to find a new club.
On deadline day this summer Hull City signed Ben Arfa on a season long loan and he has since played 3 league games for the Tigers. Now Ben Arfa, who said last summer: “I still believe that one day I will be the best player in the world”, had admitted: “I’ve certainly got a lot of pressure knowing that at the end of the season I will be released, but I believe I will play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”
Ben Arfa, ever having a way with word, also likened his career to a video game when he said: “I am fragile, much too fragile. My career has been a wild game of Super Mario. I’ve used up my credits and now I’ve only been left with one life”.
Where do you reckon Hatem Ben Arfa will end up next summer?