Newcastle badboy Ben Arfa: I want to stay!

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The France international has been linked with a move away from the Tyneside club after a bust-up with Alan Pardew, but has stated that he is ready to fight for a place in the side.

Newcastle’s demise since Yohan Cabaye’s sale in January will be a major reason for concern for the club, with a summer upheaval of the playing squad expected.

One of the players thought to be on his way out of the club is Hatem Ben Arfa, with the fiery Frenchman reportedly falling out with manager Alan Pardew.

Despite constant rumours of potential new employers, the gifted winger has insisted that he does not want to leave St James’ Park.

"I don't know why I'm not playing," Ben Arfa told the Daily Mail.

"You have to ask the manager. After the (4-0) defeat against Manchester United, we had a strong exchange of words, but that is it.

"He doesn't want me to play. I respect it. If he wants, I will play. I'm here for the club. I enjoy training. I just want to play. I'm fit.

"If the manager says to me he doesn't believe in me for next season, I want to stay, but if the chairman wants to sell me I have to go. I want to stay here even if the manager doesn't believe in me because I will show him I can play here."

Ben Arfa has shown that when on form and in the mood he can be a devastating talent and possesses bags of individual ability.

However, his temperament and willingness to work hard has been called into question.

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