Hatem Ben Arfa admits being a selfish player at Newcastle

Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa, currently on loan with Hull City, admitted he was often not a team player during his time playing for the Magpies in the Premier League, reports Sky Sports

The Frenchman is renown for his individual brilliance, but has been frequently criticised for being selfish in possession and very single-minded, something Ben Arfa has admitted was the case in the past.

“In the past, I only thought about myself. I thought I was alone in the world. I am very fragile, too fragile,” he said.

The 27-year-old has only one year left on his Newcastle contract, and manager Alan Pardew has made it perfectly clear that he has no intention on renewing his deal with the North-East club, citing that his lack of work-rate and high wages makes him impossible to shift.

Ben Arfa is daunted at the prospect of being released in the summer, but maintains hope of achieving his dream of playing at the top. He is hoping that his loan spell with Hull City will help to put himself in the shop window.

“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.”

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