Liverpool target Hatem Ben Arfa on his future '“ and his Newcastle and Hull 'nightmare'

Hatem Ben Arfa has been speaking about his future '“ after a stunning return to form at Nice.

Tuesday, 26th April 2016, 7:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th April 2016, 9:03 am
Hatem Ben Arfa

The former Newcastle United forward has scored 17 Ligue 1 goals so far this season.

And Ben Arfa – who hopes to play at Euro 2016 with host nation France – has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool.

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The 29-year-old had an enforced six-month sabbatical from football last season after a season-long loan move to Hull City from Newcastle – where he had been frozen out by then-manager Alan Pardew – was terminated by Steve Bruce.

Ben Arfa was prevented from joining Nice early last year by FIFA regulations that stipulate players can be registered for three clubs in a season but only play for two.

Asked about his future, Ben Arfa said: "See me in Ligue 1 next season? Yes, that is possible. Today, everything is possible.

Hatem Ben Arfa

"Staying in Nice? It's possible. It's not a political answer, especially as there is the Champions League at the end.

"Join a big club this summer? It's one of the possibilities too.

"I have advisers around me to protect me from all that. I focus in club goals."

Ben Arfa, also linked with Chelsea, was loaned to Hull early in the 2014-15 season after being sidelined by Pardew, but the loan was terminated in January and he quickly left Newcastle by "mutual consent".

Hatem Ben Arfa

But his proposed move to Nice was blocked by FIFA – and Ben Arfa threatened to retire from football.

"I really hit bottom – I saw black," Ben Arfa told L'Equipe.

"I was in a nightmare. For me, it was over. Then I told myself that I could not accept that. But it was very, very difficult to look up. So yes, you can call it a miracle."

Ben Arfa eventually restarted his football career last summer.