Ben Arfa back train­ing with PSG first team

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

SAINT-GER­MAIN-EN-LAYE (France): France in­ter­na­tional for­ward Hatem Ben Arfa was back train­ing with the Paris Sain­tGer­main first team on Fri­day fol­low­ing a spell ban­ished to the re­serves, coach Unai Emery con­firmed.

“He was wel­comed into the group,” said Emery in his pre-match press con­fer­ence ahead of Sun­day’s Ligue 1 clash with Lyon.

“He did sev­eral train­ing ses­sions with the re­serves but to­day he trained with us.”

Ben Arfa, 30, had found him­self out in the cold hav­ing fallen out of favour un­der Emery since both joined the club last sea­son.

PSG had tried to off­load Ben Arfa dur­ing the close sea­son with­out suc­cess as his high salary put off po­ten­tial suit­ors.

He was left out of PSG’s Cham­pi­ons League squad while his hopes of forc­ing Emery into a re­think took a hit by the mega-money sign­ings of Ney­mar and Kylian Mbappe in Au­gust.

With the de­par­ture of Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic to Manch­ester United, Ben Arfa was PSG’s mar­quee sign­ing just over a year ago fol­low­ing a stel­lar cam­paign with Nice that saw him re­build his fal­ter­ing ca­reer af­ter sev­eral un­suc­cess­ful years in Eng­land.

But his PSG dream soon turned sour and he was left in limbo as Emery made clear be­fore the sea­son be­gan that he didn’t want the tem­per­a­men­tal for­mer Lyon and Mar­seille player.

Ben Arfa’s lawyer had threat­ened to take PSG to court af­ter his client was ban­ished to the re­serves, who play in the French fourth tier.

But on Fri­day, PSG pub­lished pic­tures of Ben Arfa train­ing with the first team on their of­fi­cial web­site. - AFP

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