France international dreaming of joining Ligue 1 leaders.
Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed it would be a ‘childhood dream’ to join big-spending PSG.
The France international also said it would be ‘an honour’ to play alongside Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic but insisted he must ‘save’ Newcastle first.
“PSG is part of me. I had posters of all players when I was little. The Parc des Princes is fifteen minutes from my house today,” the 25-year-old told Paris daily Le Parisien.
“I am under contract with Newcastle and I’m fine. First, I must save my club. I can only think of helping my team and my coach, with whom I get along great. We really want to fight for him.
“After I’ve saved my club, you never know. To sign for PSG would be a childhood dream. If there is a proposal, I will study it with interest.”
Ben Arfa’s early career was marred by accusations of laziness, arrogance and unfulfilled talent but the player insists he is mature enough to shine in Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded team.
“I should be ready to play for PSG. I have some experience and going through many hardships. When I was younger, I would have been hard to reach. PSG is a club dangerous if you are not ready but now I’m more mature.”
Ben Arfa was one of Newcastle’s stand-out players last season as the Toon surpassed expectations to finish fifth in the Premier League.
The talented winger has been sidelined with a thigh injury since mid-December and the Magpies have struggled in his absence of late, winning just two of their previous sixteen games and sliding towards the Premier League drop zone.
Ben Arfa revealed that he was still a month away from making a return and admitted it was difficult watching the team struggle without him.
“I still have a good month [until my comeback]. I should be able to resume in mid-February. I train from Monday to Friday at the medical center at Clairefontaine and my morale is good because I’m Paris with my family.
“But when I see the games on television, it is not easy. The team needs all players as they are in danger of relegation.”
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