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Ben Arfa has played final Hull match but Bruce wishes talented winger well

Hull City manager Steve Bruce suggests Hatem Ben Arfa will not play again during his loan spell for the club.

The 27-year old winger joined the Tigers on a season-long loan from Newcastle United in September but has returned home to France after making just eight appearances including five starts.

Parent club Newcastle are not keen on taking Ben Arfa back and it appears as though his time at the KC Stadium is up after Bruce opted not to play him after a poor 35-minute showing in the 3-0 loss to Manchester United on November 29.

"I've said to Ben Arfa unfortunately I wasn't going to accept a performance like I've seen from him when he played Manchester United," said Bruce.

"And it's up to him to force his way back into the squad and that's the way it is.

"If he decides to stay in France, then that's up to him. There's only 10 days or something until the window opens, but I think it's fair to say he's probably played his last game for Hull."

Bruce then chose to be more diplomatic regarding the future of the sublimely talented midfielder who often irks whoever his manager is with an unwillingness to work hard.

"Sometimes transfers don't work, especially when it's a loan deal," he added.

"Unfortunately it hasn't worked out, so I wish him the best of luck and I hope he goes on to have the career that his talent deserves."

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