Newcastle announce Hatem Ben Arfa's contract has been terminated 'with immediate effect'

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After a failed loan spell with Hull City, Newcastle United have terminated the contract of winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

After four-and-a-half years at Newcastle United, Hatem Ben Arfa's time on Tyneside is up.

The 27-year-old French winger has had his moments of quality and flair, particularly his stunning solo goal against Blackburn in the FA Cup third round tie against Blackburn in 2012.

Yet more often than not, Ben Arfa's attitude and poor work ethic cost him, and after a reported bust-up with manager Alan Pardew last season, it was little surprise to see him move on.

Ben Arfa joined Newcastle's Premier League rivals Hull City on loan for the season, but Tigers boss Steve Bruce soon found out that he couldn't solve a problem like Hatem.

With weight and attitude problems, Bruce said the former Lyon and Marseille star wouldn't play for the club again, and ended his loan early.

Now, Newcastle have communicated that Ben Arfa's contract has been terminated six months early, which will allow him to return to France with Nice.

"Newcastle United can today confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the Club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent," said a club statement. "Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future."

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