Everything was done for the marriage to be successful between Hatem Ben Arfa and Bordeaux. An experienced coach specializing in the revival of French internationals, a guaranteed starting place, total freedom of movement on the front of the Gironde attack. But nothing went as planned for the former international tricolor (15 selections, 2 achievements) who nevertheless hoped for a new comeback like that of Rennes or Nice.
In the end, a dull and featureless passage within the club at the scapular (2 goals and 4 assists in 24 appearances) and memorable quarrels with Laurent Koscielny and Jean-Louis Gasset. Obviously, it is difficult for both parties to imagine continuing the adventure together despite an optional additional year, even more so with the buyout process surrounding the club. HBA is therefore again free to join the club of its choice. And the courtiers are numerous.
Big Turkish clubs in the ranks, LOSC interested
AEK Athens is clearly positioned to recover the native of Clamart. But Ben Arfa is not really hot to try the adventure in Greece. Several big Turkish clubs, who particularly appreciate the profile of the 34-year-old will-o’-the-wisp, are also in the running. But there again, the call of the foot coming from Turkey does not seem to tempt the former Lyonnais and Marseillais who still aspires to remain in Ligue 1. That is good, a club is positioned to recover it. And it is not just any club since according to our information, it is quite simply the LOSC which is in the ranks.
Lille president Olivier Letang, who knew the player well in Rennes, appreciates the profile, but also the personality of Ben Arfa. His free agent status also appeals to the northern club, which will undoubtedly have to find replacements for Jonathan Ikoné or Jonathan Bamba. Anyway, it will be necessary to obtain the validation of the future coach so that the reigning French champion goes clearly on the offensive. Christophe Galtier or his successor …