Football: Forgotten talent Ben Arfa to quit PSG

PSG’s Hatem Ben Arfa, who has not played for the French Ligue 1 club in nearly a year, during training.
PSG’s Hatem Ben Arfa, who has not played for the French Ligue 1 club in nearly a year, during training. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - French international Hatem Ben Arfa announced on Thursday (March 29) that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season when his contract runs out.

The 31-year-old, once his country's brightest young star, has not played for PSG for almost a year after falling out of favour with Spanish coach Unai Emery.

The French league leaders tried to offload Ben Arfa in the summer but the former Newcastle and Marseille winger refused to give up a salary French newspaper L'Equipe claimed in 2016 was worth €10 million (S$16.2 million) a year.

"It will soon be the end of my adventure with PSG," he  wrote on Instagram.

"Despite some difficult moments I'm delighted to have worn this jersey."

Ben Arfa was signed to his home-town club amid much fanfare in 2016 after a sterling season at Ligue 1 rivals Nice that helped rebuild a tarnished reputation following a dire spell with Hull in England.

"I'll always love this club," he added of PSG.

His last match for the club was on April 5 last year, while his last France appearance was in 2015.