Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed how he went through 'hell' at Newcastle United.
The Frenchman suffered a torrid end to his controversial spell at Newcastle United after being banished to train with the club's academy players last summer after falling out of favour with then-manager Alan Pardew.
The mercurial winger then joined Hull City on loan, but fell out with Steve Bruce before having his contract terminated with Newcastle in January.
His hopes of finishing the season with French outfit Nice were blocked by FIFA, who ruled he had already played for two clubs that campaign after he turned out for Newcastle's second string in August, but after finally joining the Ligue 1 side this term, Ben Arfa has produced some stunning performances and goals to earn a recall to the France squad.
However, his time at Newcastle has still left a scar on the 28-year-old.
"It was a very, very difficult period," he told France Football. "The worst of my career.
"It was a hell 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, 17-year-olds away from the pros. I did not understand. They made it a nightmare. It was full of little cheap shots. And when I believed I had got out by signing in Nice, they were forbidden to hire me."
"I had the feeling of being locked in a dark room without a door, or in an endless tunnel. I saw hell and especially no solution to my problems.
"At that time, I was wrong, I did not see any light. I was a prisoner. I told myself every day to not let go. I tried to convince myself that the light was coming back, I was going to find the right path.
"By signing this summer with Nice, I really felt out of hell. In fact, that's it - I've come back from hell. "