PSG sign Hatem Ben Arfa from Nice on a two year deal
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that they have signed Hatem Ben Arfa from Nice. The Frenchman had endured a terrible spell with Newcastle United in the Premier League, but redeemed his career at Nice, enticing PSG to sign him on a two-year deal that will keep him at the Ligue 1 champions until 2018.
PSG made the announcement on their website, confirming that the French winger has signed for an undisclosed fee, with reports earlier claiming that Ben Arfa was offered a massive €280,000-a-week wage.
Ben Arfa, who scored 17 times and assisted 6 goals for Nice last season, expressed his delight at signing for PSG, saying “Signing with Paris Saint-Germain is a very happy and a proud moment. Paris Saint-Germain has always been a very special team for me, so to wear this jersey at the Parc des Princes is a childhood dream.”
“It is an honour that the Club is giving me this opportunity, making this dream come true. I will do my utmost to represent my new team to the best of my abilities and to make our supporters proud. Finally, I would like to thank OGC Nice, who helped me get back to enjoying my football again and gave me another chance to show French fans what I am capable of on the pitch.”
Ben Arfa’s signing could placate fans
PSG fans had a bit of uncertainty with the club’s direction, especially since talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic had left the club after seeing out his contract, signing for Manchester United. However, the signing of a player who was nominated for the Ligue 1 Best Player of the Season could placate fans, especially given Ben Arfa’s familiarity with Paris, having taken his first football steps in Clairefontaine.
Ben Arfa had also been heavily linked with Barcelona, with Nice President Jean-Pierre Rivere confirming that the French forward was in talks with the La Liga giants. Hoever, PSG have moved quickly to sign Ben Arfa, with a view to earning another superstar at the club, a signing which could please new manager Unai Emery.