‘Extraordinary’ Hatem Ben Arfa deserves a second chance, says Newcastle star

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

HATEM Ben Arfa deserves another chance to show his ‘extraordinary qualities’, says former team-mate Moussa Sissoko.

Ben Arfa is in limbo after his bid to play for French side Nice was blocked by FIFA regulations.

The winger’s contract with Newcastle United was cancelled by mutual agreement last month, but it was ruled that he couldn’t play for another club this season having already turned out for the Magpies’ Under-21 side as well as Hull City, where he moved on loan on transfer deadline day in September.

Sissoko admits it is a shame for the talented, yet temperamental star, and hopes there can be a resolution which will alow his former Toon team-mate to play.

“I was surprised that he would leave Hull,” said Sissoko.

“Then he decided to join Nice and sadly he can’t play.

“I hope that he will be able to play because he is extraordinary.

“He is a good guy, he’s had problems. I hope he gets to show his qualities, from the bottom of my heart.”