First He Said He Was Like Messi And Now Ben Arfa ...

Last updated : 05 January 2015 By Footy Mad - Editor

One thing he doesn't lack is confidence ... he once said he was "the Premier League's Lionel Messi"!

Hatem Ben Arfa (or perhaps not)

The former Newcastle United star saw his contract at St James’ Park terminated this week ... simply to get him out of the club.

Even a move to Hull City turned sour as Steve Bruce sent him packing after he went AWOL returning to Paris for a holiday..

Hatem Ben Arfa: “I also spoke to the coach (Claude Puel), I liked his integrity and his approach to football and within 10 minutes, my choice was made.

“Even if Real Madrid had called at that moment, my mind was made up!

“There are people here who trust me, who do not judge me as some people want to judge me through the press.

“I wanted to return to France, where I grew up.

“At Nice, I think I can express myself. I am coming here to enjoy myself, to help the club improve with my qualities, and to win.”