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Ben Arfa not looking to jump ship at Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa insists he is not looking to leave Newcastle United this summer.

The French winger has managed just 13 starts in the Premier League this season and clearly does not get on with manager Alan Pardew.

In the wake of the Magpies' 4-0 loss to Manchester United earlier this month, Ben Arfa and Pardew were involved in a heated exchange which reportedly had the former Marseille man ordered to train with the reserves.

Nevertheless, Ben Arfa is determined to remain at St James' Park so he can do everything in his power to help the north east club succeed.

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

"You have to ask the manager. After the 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."

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."

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