‘Madrid interested in Ben Arfa’

Nice boss Claude Puel has claimed that “big clubs like Real Madrid” are interested in signing winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

The 28-year-old, who came through the Lyon youth system alongside Karim Benzema, has enjoyed a resurgence with the Ligue 1 side after a disappointing spell in England, and the Coach has revealed that Los Blancos are just one of many monitoring his star man.

“I’m not surprised to hear that big clubs like Real Madrid are interested in [Ben Arfa],” he told Nice-Matin.

Ben Arfa, who is out of contract in the summer, has scored seven goals in 20 appearances for Nice, with the southerners flying high in fifth, and returned to the France squad in November after a three-year absence.

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