Hatem Ben Arfa: Hull midfielder to end season-long loan deal early

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Hatem Ben Arfa has played just nine games for Hull since joining the club in September

On-loan midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has played his last game for Hull, says City manager Steve Bruce.

Ben Arfa, 27, missed the side's 2-0 defeat by Chelsea on Saturday, with City set to terminate his season-long loan from Newcastle early when the option comes up in January.

Bruce said: "Sometimes transfers don't work, especially with a loan deal."

Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has said Ben Arfa will not be returning to St James' Park.

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Made his professional debut with Lyon in 2004, clocking up 64 appearances and seven goals before leaving to join Marseille in 2008. Two years later, he joined Newcastle, scoring 13 times in 76 appearances. He went out on loan to Hull in September, but has been told by Hull and Newcastle that he will not be required from January onwards.

When asked about Ben Arfa's future at Newcastle, Pardew said: "He won't be coming back here, that's all I can say."

Ben Arfa has played just nine times for Hull since joining the club in September and Bruce said the relationship between the club and player had run its course.

"I'm disappointed more than anything," Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside. "We brought him in on a wave of publicity and there has been no fall-out or slanging match.

"His views of the game are different to mine. At any club you need to have a certain work ethic to get in the team. That's the frustrating thing.

"I hope Hatem takes in what I've had to say to him because his talent is there for all to see. But talent without hard work means you won't live up to your potential.

"Unfortunately, to play for me you have to know you are playing for the team. To be a great you have to be a team player."

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