Ben Arfa will leave St. James’ Park as long as no transfer fee is demanded.
Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa has agreed a return to Ligue 1 “in principle” after talks with divisional strugglers OGC Nice, report the Telegraph, but the deal will only go through if the Magpies do not demand a transfer fee for a player whose relationship with the club seems to be at breaking point.
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Ben Arfa would’ve been due to return to training on Tyneside in the near future after Hull City manager Steve Bruce decided to terminate his loan spell at the KC Stadium due to their relationship deteriorating and, whilst former manager Alan Pardew has departed, Ben Arfa still has plenty of enemies at St. James’ Park.
Bruce had been disappointed by Ben Arfa’s lack of work rate in recent Tigers games, as well as his inability to stick to his manager’s tactical instructions, leading to the former Marseille star being hooked off early in successive games and given a half time dressing down during the defeat at Old Trafford.
Ben Arfa remains popular amongst supporters at Newcastle United due to his flair and ability to light up games with individual moments of brilliance, but bridges in the North East appear to have been burned and it looks all set for Ben Arfa to return to French football with his tail between his legs.