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.

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.

Hatem Ben Arfa celebrates scoring against Bolton Wanderers almost 10 years ago.

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