Newcastle United news: Ben Arfa slams Toon and Hull 'nightmare', West Ham's Andy Carroll to return?

Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa

Former Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has been making the headlines this morning after lifting the lid on his final days at the club.

The 28-year-old was released by the Magpies in January after falling out of favour at St James’s Park, having been made to train with the club's Under-21 side during his final weeks at the club.

In an interview in France, Ben Arfa has described it as a "nightmare" and a "terrible humiliation".

He has netted seven times in 13 appearances for Nice this season which has earned him a shock recall to the France national squad.

Ben Arfa is quoted as saying: "It was a period very, very difficult.

"The worst of my career. It was a hell began to Newcastle.

"There, on the first day back in August 2014, I was placed directly with the reserve. A terrible humiliation.

"Weeks passed and I was always with these young sixteen, seventeen years on land away from those pros. I did not understand.

"They gave me a nightmare. It was full of little cheap shots."

Meanwhile, West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been linked with a return to Newcastle United.

But Newcastle would have to break their club record transfer fee to land 26-year-old Carroll and bring him back to Tyneside.

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And finally, Cheick Tiote hopes his injury problems are finally behind him – and a long run in the team is ahead of him.

Tiote is a fixture in Newcastle United’s starting XI for the first time since last year.