Ben Arfa: I'm going nowhere

Hatem Ben Arfa has targeted a return to Europe with Newcastle after reaffirming his commitment to the club.

Last Updated: 12/04/13 at 18:25 Post Comment

Hatem Ben Arfa: Plans to help Newcastle back into Europe

Hatem Ben Arfa: Plans to help Newcastle back into Europe

The France winger's surprise return from a hamstring injury was not enough to prevent Newcastle slipping out the Europa League to Benfica on Thursday.

Alan Pardew's side will not be back in the competition next season, and there have been suggestions Ben Arfa may be used as a makeweight in a summer deal to bring Andy Carroll back to Tyneside from Liverpool.

But Ben Arfa has consistently said he is happy at Newcastle, and he told the Evening Chronicle: "I want to stay here.

"It is only journalists who talk about that. Me and my agent have not talked about that. I am focused on Newcastle and 100% Newcastle. I hope to stay here.

"We have a great team. I'd love to play for this team in Europe again. We won't next season but after that we can maybe go again.

"Everything is here. It is a great club. We have a great squad, big ground and great fans."

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