By Alex Taylor
Former Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa has joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal from Nice, it was confirmed on Friday.
The 29-year-old has played his football in France since his move away from Tyneside last summer and has now joined the Paris outfit as a free agent, signing a two-year deal this week.
The France international scored 18 goals in Ligue 1 this season but failed to make it to this summer’s European Championships with his country.
“I am happy to welcome such a talented player as Hatem Ben Arfa to our club,” said Paris Saint-Germain Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. “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.”
Ben Arfa’s four-year Newcastle spell was cut short after his contract was ended by mutual consent last summer.
The Ligue 1 champions took to Twitter to announce the deal, saying “PSG is pleased to announce the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa with a contract till June 30 2018.”
— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) 1 July 2016
Despite the sour end to the former Lyon star’s time in Newcastle, Ben Arfa bagged 14 goals and 16 assists in 86 appearances for the club.
Toon fans will reflect on what could have been for the forward who once showed enormous potential at the club after scoring one of the best goals in Premier League history against Bolton in April 2012.