The Frenchman is currently on loan with the Tigers after being frozen out in the North East by Alan Pardew.
Reports suggested that Ben Arfa’s attitude and fitness – he reported back to pre-season training with the Magpies 1.5kg overweight – were the major factors behind Newcastle’s decision to axe him.
And with Pardew still not a fan of the 27-year-old, an extended contract at St James’ Park appears unlikely.
However Ben Arfa himself is not fazed by proceedings and says that he has his sights set on securing a free transfer to a top level club:
“In the past, I only thought about myself. I thought I was alone in the world.” He is quoted by The Mirror.
“I am very fragile, too fragile.
“Being a free agent next summer? It is huge pressure. I have used up all my credits. It is like playing Mario – I have one life remaining.
“I have to take care, but I will take on the challenge.
“Playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe? I will achieve it.”