Alan Pardew confirms Hatem Ben Arfa will not return to Newcastle

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Hatem Ben Arfa’s loan deal with Hull City was terminated at the weekend, and he will not be heading back to Newcastle.

Ben Arfa joined the Tigers on September 2 for a season-long loan, but he failed to impress in any of his eight appearances for the side.

Having been cast out of the Newcastle first-team by Alan Pardew due to issues with his attitude and fitness, the Frenchman moved to Humberside in an attempt to secure first-team football whilst his contract with the Magpies expires. However, the issues still plagued him at the KC Stadium, and after unexpectedly leaving England at the weekend - leaving Steve Bruce to question where he was - the deal was terminated.

The 27-year-old has since been located to Paris, and, although Newcastle will keep paying his wages until the expiration of his contract over the summer, Pardew has confirmed that there is no chance the midfielder will be making a return to St James Park this season.

When asked about Ben Arfa’s future during a press conference, the 53-year-old coach said: “He won’t be coming back here, that’s all I can say.”

There had been rumours that a strong spell with Hull could see the former Marseille man earn a new contract on Tyneside, and a chance to fight for a way back into the Magpies set-up, but Pardew has all but refuted these claims, and the club will likely be looking to ship him off in January to claim some fee for him, rather than letting the winger leave for free over the summer.

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