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PSG outcast Hatem Ben Arfa linked with Leicester City following appointment of Claude Puel

The former Newcastle ace played under the management of Puel at Nice and the pair have kept in touch ever since

Leicester boss Claude Puel has indicated his interest to sign Hatem Ben Arfa, according to reports.

The Frenchman has fallen out of favour under the management of Unai Emery at PSG.


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The 30-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Parc des Princes

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The 30-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Parc des Princes

Puel, who succeeded Craig Shakespeare at Leicester on Wednesday, is already considering a January switch for the 30-year-old, according to SportWitness.

Ben Arfa played under the management of Puel during his spell with French side Nice and the two have remained in contact.

A source close to them both stated: “They’re very close.

“Claude never hid his disappointment at how Hatem was used at PSG and that he’d like to work with him again.”

Claude Puel has took over Leicester City – who are currently 14th in the table

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Claude Puel has took over Leicester City – who are currently 14th in the table

Ben Arfa during a PSG training session with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

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Ben Arfa during a PSG training session with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

A source close to Puel said: “First Claude needs to find his bearings, try to redress Leicester’s situation and only then will he think about transfers.

“But he likes Hatem, that isn’t new.”

After scoring 18 goals in 37 outings during a stellar season with Nice, he completed a switch to PSG.


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However, he has since only featured nine times for the French giants and was recently demoted to the reserves.

The Frenchman will be looking for first team football if he leaves PSG

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The Frenchman will be looking for first team football if he leaves PSG

The former Newcastle midfielder remains under contract until the end of the season at Parc des Princes but will be free to negotiate a new deal with other clubs in January.

Following a sluggish start to the season for the Foxes, the former Premier League champions have called the former Southampton boss in to take the reigns.

Ben Arfa has fallen out of favour under the management of Unai Emery

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Ben Arfa has fallen out of favour under the management of Unai Emery

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