Ben Arfa rules out Newcastle exit in January

The Frenchman is frustrated at a lack of playing time but is not considering leaving the club, while he believes that Franck Ribery deserves to win the Ballon d'Or award
Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa has ruled out leaving the club in January despite expressing his frustration at a lack of playing time.

The former Marseille star has had to settle for a place on the bench in recent times, and has not started for Alan Pardew's men since the 2-1 defeat to fierce rivals Sunderland back in October.

The 26-year-old is not in a hurry to leave the Tyneside club, however, vowing to continue to give his all for the club.

He told L'Equipe: "The team is doing well and it is normal that the manager maintains that confidence in the team in place. Although when you're a competitor, you want to be on the pitch.

"I give everything always, even if I am asked to play 10, 15 minutes. A departure from Newcastle? The question does not arise today. I do not think about it. I'm at Newcastle and I feel good. We'll see."

The Frenchman also refused to be drawn on the potential of him missing out on playing at the World Cup and revealed his belief that Franck Ribery should win the Ballon d'Or award.

He said: "I do not think about the World Cup. I only think about my club and to be good for my team.

"They asked me if I was dreaming about the Ballon d'Or. I said yes, like any player. But this is not something that obsesses me.

"When you see the stats of Ronaldo, he is carrying Real Madrid on his own. But if I had the power, I would give it to Ribery. He won everything with Bayern and contributed to their great season."