Paris Saint-Germain sign Hatem Ben Arfa on a free transfer

Paris Saint-Germain confirmed the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa on a free transfer. The sides have agreed terms on a two-year contract until June 2018.

The 29-year-old French international is PSG's first signing for the 2016-17 season. He spent last season at Ligue 1 rivals OGC Nice.

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, Paris Saint-Germain Chairman and CEO declared:

“I am happy to welcome such a talented player as Hatem Ben Arfa to our club. For numerous years now, Hatem has been a major player in French football and was one of the most brilliant players in Ligue 1 last season."

"Our fans have been anticipating the arrival of a player of his style and I know he will provide them with a lot of excitement on the field. With his support, Paris Saint-Germain reaffirms its commitment to develop a spectacular style of football.”

After returning from Newcastle United, he proved to be a hit at OGC Nice last season, scoring 17 goals and providing six assists in Ligue 1.

His performances saw him recalled to the French national team and nominated for the UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Season award.

Club Period MP G A
OGC Nice
2005-16 37 18 6

Ben Arfa told the the club's website it's been a childhood dreat to play for PSG.

"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."

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