Ben Arfa: I want to stay

  • Last Updated: April 30 2014, 23:36 BST

Hatem Ben Arfa wants to stay at Newcastle - even if he remains out of favour with boss Alan Pardew.

Hatem Ben Arfa: Wants to stay on Tyneside
Hatem Ben Arfa: Wants to stay on Tyneside

The Frenchmen has proved a match-winner on several occasions for Toon but injuries, a lack of fitness and form have seen him left out out in the cold by Pardew in recent weeks.

Ben Arfa admitted he had a frank exchange with Pardew following the 4-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester United on April 5.

And it was reported he was made to train with the reserves last week and was left out of the squad altogether for the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on Monday.

Ben Arfa insists Pardew has not told him why he is out of favour, but says he determined to stay with the club.

"I don't know why I'm not playing," Ben Arfa told the Daily Mail.

"You have to ask the manager. After the (4-0) defeat against Manchester United, we had a strong exchange of words, but that is it.

"He doesn't want me to play. I respect it. If he wants, I will play. I'm here for the club. I enjoy training. I just want to play. I'm fit.

"If the manager says to me he doesn't believe in me for next season, I want to stay, but if the chairman wants to sell me I have to go. I want to stay here even if the manager doesn't believe in me because I will show him I can play here."

Newcastle are on a terrible run, having lost their last six Premier League matches, and the fans have begun to turn on Pardew.

"We have lost too many times, 3-0, 4-0, 3-0. It is hard when you love the supporters, it is hard to lose every time like that," Ben Arfa added.

"On the pitch I can offer my flair and my creativity. I try every time to do something. I think I can give a lot for the club."