Ben Arfa claims he has 18 interested clubs after

Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa has claimed he has nothing less than 18 clubs interested in signing him for next season.

The 29-year-old  former Newcastle United forward has enjoyed a career renaissance this season with Nice in the French Ligue 1, scoring 18 goals in Ligue 1 and making France’s reserve list for the European Championship on home soil.

Lyon, his first club, last week revealed they have made him an offer and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with keeping him in France, while Nice have not given up hope of persuading him to extend his stay on the French Riviera.

Speaking to Canal Plus while attending one of the region’s premier events, the Cannes Film Festival, Ben Arfa said: “There are 18 very interesting clubs who have put themselves forward. I have picked out three.

“There are plenty of offers, like the one from Lyon. They are a very ambitious club with a very ambitious president [Jean-Michel Aulas]. Any club with ambition is very interesting.

“It’s a very important decision for me to take this year. I will reflect and discuss it with my entourage,” he said.