Ben Arfa: It’s over for me at Newcastle – but I’ll never forget the fans

POPULAR ... Hatem Ben Arfa, left.

POPULAR ... Hatem Ben Arfa, left.

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HATEM Ben Arfa has conceded his Newcastle United career is over.

Ben Arfa is on a season-long loan at this afternoon’s opponents Hull City.

A Che Guevara hope banner in the stands with the face of Hatem Ben Arfa during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

A Che Guevara hope banner in the stands with the face of Hatem Ben Arfa during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

The forward – who is not eligible to play against his parent club – will watch the game from the stands.

Hull manager Steve Bruce this week denied there was a recall clause in his loan deal.

With the 27-year-old out of contract in the summer, Ben Arfa has admitted his “story is finished” at Newcastle.

“Now, the story is finished,” Ben Arfa told the Hull Daily Mail.

“I have a new story. I am here and very happy, but I won’t forget all the time I passed in Newcastle.

“Sometimes, I remember how excited I was to play at St James’s Park in front of that crowd.

“But that is life, sometimes you have to leave and change club. Football is like that.”

Ben Arfa was frozen out by United manager Alan Pardew late last season.

However, the fans’ favourite’s name has regularly been chanted by fans, and a Che Guevara-style Ben Arfa banner was raised at the last home game.

And Ben Arfa’s presence at St James’s Park won’t go unnoticed, though he will not sit in the dugout.

“I will go to the game at Newcastle, of course I will.

“But I will have to turn left coming out of the tunnel and not right.

“To come back to St James’s Park against Newcastle will be very strange, but that is life.

“I enjoyed myself in Newcastle, and going to the left (out of the tunnel) will be strange.

“That is football. I will be emotional. Of course, 1,000 per cent.

“I won’t play but I will be there supporting my team and hoping we can get a result for Hull.

“I can’t help my team because I can’t play. But the most important thing will be getting the three points.”

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