Ben Arfa not leaving Newcastle for Qatar - agent

The Frenchman dropped down the pecking order at St James' Park towards the end of the season, prompting talk of an exit, but Michel Ouazine insists his client will stay in Europe
Newcastle United forward Hatem Ben Arfa will not be leaving the club to move to Qatar, according to his agent.

Ben Arfa fell out of favour with Alan Pardew towards the end of last season, despite having made a strong start to the 2013-14 campaign at St James' Park.

With the 27-year-old seemingly not at the forefront of the manager's plans, he has been linked with a move to Qatar, but Michel Ouazine has now dismissed suggestions that he will leave for the Middle East.

"This is false. He remains on a one-year contract at Newcastle and Hatem has the intention to continue to play in Europe," Ouazine was quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

Ben Arfa started just four Premier League games for Newcastle after the turn of the year as Pardew's side suffered a dramatic downturn in form.

The Magpies finished 10th, largely thanks to a strong first half to the season, although in May, Ben Arfa described himself as "sad and frustrated" at being handed a bit-part role by Pardew.

"I think Pardew believes in me, but he doesn't show it. I don't know why," he added.