ALAN Pardew has assured Hatem Ben Arfa that he still has a future at Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa is understood to have been involved in dressing-room exchanges after the Magpies’ last two games.
And the forward’s days at St James’s Park have looked increasingly numbered.
Ben Arfa’s spent much of the season on the fringes, having lacked form and fitness.
But the 27-year-old, arguably the club’s most talented player, still remains a firm favourite with supporters, who chanted his name before his introduction off the bench against Stoke City last weekend.
Asked whether Ben Arfa had a future at Newcastle beyond the summer, Pardew said: “Yes. He’s still contracted here, I think, for two years.”
Ben Arfa reportedly clashed with Pardew after the club’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United earlier this month.
And he was involved in heated exchanges after the club’s 1-0 loss to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
A report in France claimed Pardew had a long discussion with Ben Arfa – who is expected to miss Saturday’s home game against Swansea City with a dead leg – early this week to clear the air.
“There are certain times when you talk to players,” said Pardew.
“You want more, and players want more of you as the manager, so those discussions go on on a daily basis with all the players, not just Hatem.”