By 90Min
November 17, 2017

Leicester boss Claude Puel has admitted his admiration for Paris Saint-Germain forward Hatem Ben Arfa, after the 30-year-old was linked with a move to the Foxes. 

Already, the odds are stacked against the Foxes as the player has stated he would only leave Paris for a team 'capable of winning the Champions League'.

Moreover, French news outlet Le Parisien report Ben Arfa is earning in the region of £111,000-per-week at his current club.

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The 30-year-old flourished under Claude Puel during his one-year spell at OGC Nice. Helping guide le Gym to a fourth-placed finish, Ben Arfa was the club's top scorer with 17 goals in 34 Ligue 1 matches, picking up six assists in the process.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Puel had admitted to being an admirer of his former talisman during their time together in France.

"I appreciate the player, but I also appreciate the person. However, for the moment," Puel added, "it is more important to truly get to know my squad, the players and then look at possible winter recruitment.

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"The first thing to do is assess the players that I already have at my disposal, respect them and then we will see."

Since moving to the Parisiens, Ben Arfa has found minutes difficult to come by. Last season, the former Marseille and Lyon player managed just five league starts and was mostly used in a substitute role.

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Unai Emery has since largely frozen Ben Arfa out from the first-team squad, but a move back to the Premier League remains a possibility.

The winger spent five years in England - four with Newcastle - and could reinvigorate a Leicester side, though game time will not be guaranteed with Riyad Mahrez, Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton all viable contenders.

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