YOHAN Cabaye believes Hatem Ben Arfa has to quit Newcastle United to resurrect his stalled career.
Ben Arfa has fallen out of favour at St James’s Park in the last six months and looks set to leave this summer.
Newcastle are understood to be willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old, who only has another year left on his contract.
And Cabaye, who quit the Magpies in January in a £20m move to Paris Saint-Germain, fully expects Ben Arfa to follow him out the door.
But he says whoever signs the talented, if temperamental winger, will have a star on their hands.
“It is true that it was harder for him late in the season,” Cabaye said of Ben Arfa.
“He is going to bounce back and find more opportunities with another team.”
“For me, this is one of the players I’ve played with who has the highest quality.
“If he decides to return home, that will be good for the French league.”
Newcastle have not had any offers for Ben Arfa, although Inter Milan and Roma have been credited with an interest in him.
And it may be that his next career move is to Italy or Spain, with French sides perhaps unable to match his salary.
PSG are one Ligue One club who could, but they are managed by Laurent Blanc, who Ben Arfa fell out with while on France duty at Euro 2012.
Ben Arfa remains a controversial character in his homeland, having gone on strike while at Marseille to force through his move to Newcastle.
His time on Tyneside appears to be coming to an equally acrimonious ending, with reports that the winger has fallen out with manager Alan Pardew and also some of his team-mates.
Certainly, the exit of Cabaye – one of Ben Arfa’s closest allies in the Newcastle dressing room – has weakened his position.
Cabaye, who is preparing for France’s World Cup campaign, is adamant his friend remain ‘an extraordinary player’, however.
He added: “I have not talked to him (about a departure). This is a situation that he must manage on his side.
“For me, he remains an extraordinary player with enormous quality.”