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Newcastle boss Pardew full of pride over Ben Arfa success

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is full of pride over Hatem Ben Arfa's progress over the last 12 months.

Pardew will be rooting for England he is delighted to have helped one of his biggest challenges to the top of the European game.

Pardew said: "It's brilliant, I'm absolutely delighted for Hatem that he is at Euro 2012.

"I've worked closely with him all year trying to get the best out of him. Hopefully, he'll carry that form on, and we'll see him build on that next season.

"Flair and making things happen is 80 per cent of his game. But he's also had to learn things are different at Newcastle, he has to realise he is part of a team.

"At first he struggled with that, but he has realised what he needs to do to play in the team. Moving him out to the right side if midfield has given him a little more freedom to express himself.

"If he loses the ball out there, it is not so damaging to the team's shape. He can cut inside or go down the outside.

"He scored two truly special goals last season in his total of six. He has that ability. We know if we give him the ball in a one on one situation with a defender, he has the skill to go round them. He has got magic in his feet."

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