Hatem Ben Arfa finally had to accept that he wouldn’t be able to play in France this season.

Having already appeared for Hull as well as Newcastle’s under 21 team, the winger was adjudged by the French authorities to have already played for two clubs this season, which under their interpretation of FIFA rules meant he couldn’t play for a third one.

However, the possibility arose that Ben Arfa could potentially go and play in the likes of the MLS or certain other leagues around the world, at least in the short-term, where their seasons are out of sync with the European ones, the MLS kicking off in March for example.

However, over the Channel L’equipe are reporting that they understand the former Newcastle player has decided to do nothing for the minute and is pinning his hopes on a ‘big’ European club picking him up in the summer.

Staying in Europe Hatem wants to be available for talks with any prospective clubs and to start afresh, preferably in France.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s contract at Nice was said to rest on him getting clearance to play in the current season, so from the outside it appears that the player is once again a free agent, waiting for a call.

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