STEVE Bruce says there is no future for Hatem Ben Arfa at Hull City – because he’s not a team player and ‘wants to do things his own way’.
The Frenchman has been axed for the Tigers squad by manager Bruce after playing just nine games following his loan move from Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa infamously fell out of favour with Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew and was forced to train with the youth team as the Magpies chief questioned his attitude and commitment.
A deadline day loan move to Hull gave the 27-year-old the chance to prove the Newcastle boss wrong, but Bruce has revealed the signing of the enigmatic star hasn’t worked out.
“Sometimes transfers work out and sometimes they don’t,” said Bruce.
“It’s fair to say with Ben Arfa that I can’t see there being a future.
“It’s a team and you’ve got to reform and come into the team.
“Unfortunately he wants to do things his way, which is fair enough, so unless he changes…
“I’ll treat him like any other player. There’s been no fall-out, he’s been omitted from the squad because when you’re up against it you need to show a bit of resilience. Unfortunately Hatem sees it differently.
“It’s a shame because we were excited to get him on deadline day but in three or four months it hasn’t happened.”
Even with injury ruling out Mohamed Diame and suspension now leaving Tom Huddlestone unavailable, there is no prospect of Ben Arfa being brought in from the cold for Hull.
His ninth appearance for the club, when replaced after 35 minutes of the 3-0 loss to Manchester United two weeks ago, appears destined to be his final game in City colours.
Ben Arfa is reportedly in France training alone, and won’t return to Hull for the busy festive programme.
Asked if Ben Arfa had gone missing without City’s permission, Bruce added: “He’s not AWOL. He could be in Paris, I don’t know, but he’s not AWOL.”
City look set to take up the option to terminate the season-long loan in January and with Ben Arfa unwelcome back at Newcastle, it could be that a free transfer move next month is on the cards.