Newcastle United's Ben Arfa: I see myself winning the Ballon d'Or

The Magpies winger outlines his ambitions for the coming years to his former coach at Olympique Lyonnais Gerard Houllier, as he dreams of being named the best in the world
Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa does not believe that recent injury set-backs will prevent him from achieving his ultimate dreams.

After moving to St James' Park from Marseille in August 2010 on an initial loan deal, Ben Arfa suffered a horrific double-break in his leg. The 24-year-old has since only managed to make a total of 19 competitive appearances for his club.

However, Ben Arfa believes he can still go on to achieve great heights in his career.

Gerard Houllier, his former coach at Olympique Lyonnais, posed a question to the Magpies winger for France Football: "You'll soon be 25-years-old. So are you ready to finally have a big plan for the future?"

Ben Arfa responded: "I always have the same plan as when I started, to become one of the best players.

"Inevitably I lost some time in my career, but in my life, I have the impression that I will win. In fact, it's sad that a career is not made between 24 and 40, because I would have all my chances!"

Ben Arfa has not made an appearance for the France national team since scoring in a friendly against Norway in August 2010, yet he still remains hopeful over his future for Les Bleus.

The former Lyon midfielder continued: "I'm looking forward to the next three or four years. In that time, I see myself on top, winning for example the World Cup in Brazil or the Ballon d'Or. I'm still full of dreams."