Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa’s amazing claim

IN LIMBO ... Hatem Ben Arfa.
IN LIMBO ... Hatem Ben Arfa.

NEWCASTLE United misfit Hatem Ben Arfa believes he will still play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe – despite admitting he’s ‘out of credit’.

The enigmatic Frenchman was shipped out to Hull City on loan on transfer deadline day after being banished from the first team at Newcastle by manager Alan Pardew.

Ben Arfa has long courted controversy as a player, falling out with not only Pardew, but France coach Didier Deschamps while they were both at Marseille, another former boss in Eric Gerets, as well as having several bust-ups with players.

And the 27-year-old has admitted that in the past, particularly his younger days, he was selfish and ‘only thought about myself’.

However, the winger still believes that even after failing to reproduce his best form on a consistent basis, he will still end up at one of the biggest clubs in Europe when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Ben Arfa admits, though, that this is his last chance to make something of his career.

He told Sport Confidentiel: “In the past, I only thought about myself. I thought I was alone in the world.

“I am very fragile, too fragile.

“Being a free agent next summer? It is huge pressure. I have used up all my credits. It is like playing Mario – I have one life remaining,

“I have to take care, but I will take on the challenge.

“Playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe? I will achieve it.”

Ben Arfa is unlikely to return to Newcastle one his loan spell with Hull ends at the end of the season.

Fellow Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux was also sent out on loan in the summer, to French outfit Guingamp, but has 18 months left on his contract.

Marveaux has impressed after a slow start, and bagged a brace in a Europa League fixture against PAOK Salonika recently.

However, the Ligue 1 side look unlikley to be able to afford the player on a full-time basis.

Guingamp chief Jocelyn Gourvennec said: “We know that when operating at this level, Marveaux is not a player for Guingamp. His future is not here.

“Marveaux is very creative and very influential in the game. He is a player of the highest level.”