Hatem Ben Arfa discusses his Hull City and Newcastle United nightmare

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The French international has turned his career around with Nice.

This week has seen Hatem Ben Arfa discussing his time in English football, in particular his loan spell at Hull City from Newcastle United.

The French international fell out of favour under Alan Pardew at St James’ Park back in 2014 and was loaned out to Hull City.

But he struggled with The Tigers, playing just nine times without scoring, before heading back to Newcastle.

He has been speaking to L’Equipe about that point in his career and he clearly recognises it was a low point:

“In Hull I was in a hole. I really hit bottom – I saw black. I was in a nightmare.

“For me, it was over. Then I told myself that I could not accept that.

“But it was very, very difficult to look up. So yes, you can call it a miracle.

“Because I fought; I really struggled.”

After his spell at Hull was cut short Newcastle released him from his contract with the club.

He signed for Nice in France and has turned his career around. After a spell out of football, because of FIFA regulations regarding playing for three teams in one season, he became a massive hit with Nice.

This season he has scored 17 goals in 33 appearances for Nice and earned himself a recall to the French national team.

It may have been a bleak time during his temporary stint at Hull from Newcastle but Ben Arfa has certainly come out of it shining.

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