France International Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed his Newcastle stay was ‘the worst of my career’ after his move to Nice.
Ben Arfa,28, was out of favour at Newcastle as a results then Tyneside head coach Alan Pardew relegated him to the side’s young team before sent on 6 months loan to Hull City.
The former Olympique de Marseille midfielder parted ways with Newcastle United in January 2015 but was restrain from his move to French Legue 1 side Nice till August amid FIFA regulations.
He however joined Nice OG in 2015 after the loan spell and has hit the ground running for the side this season – his superb display has earned him a call up into the France National team which will play two friendly games against Germany and England on November 13 and 17 respectively.
If he continues such Performance then he will be in pole position to be named in next year’s 2016 UEFA European Championship in France.
Ben Arfa disclosed to France Football: “It was a very, very difficult period. The worst of my career. It was as if my hell began at Newcastle.”
“There, on the first day back in August 2014, I was placed directly with the reserves. A terrible humiliation. Weeks passed and I was always with these young 16 and 17 year-olds on land away from the pros.”
“I did not understand. They gave me a nightmare. It was full of little cheap shots. And when I believed in me [getting out] by signing for Nice, they were forbidden to hire me (until July).”
Ben Arfa has 7 goals, 2 assist and won 2 man-of-the-match performance award in 13 outings to his name in all competitions for Nice OG this season.