Former Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa reacts after restarting his football career

Hatem Ben Arfa’s ready to restart his football career – after a six-month spell without a club.
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The former Newcastle United midfielder has signed a deal with Lille until the end of the season. Ben Arfa, 34, had been without a club since leaving Bordeaux last summer.

"Lille’s an ambitious club with a project,” said Ben Arfa. “It's exciting to participate. That's why I came here to Lille. I’m 34 years old. I know myself well. I have known periods without playing. I know in which areas I have to work. I feel good. It's the coach and the staff who will decide when I can play."

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Ben Arfa left Newcastle in 2015 after falling out of favour at the club. He went on to have spells at Nice, Paris Saint-Germain, Stade Rennais and Real Valladolid before joining Bordeaux in late 2020.

Lille is the 10th club of Ben Arfa’s colourful career.