Real Madrid are 'keen on' Hatem Ben Arfa

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Hatem Ben Arfa - a player brought to England by Newcastle with high-potential which was never quite fulfilled - is being chased by the likes of Real Madrid according to his current boss at French club Nice.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the French winger has 'dazzled' with his performances in Ligue 1, which has prompted La Liga giants Real Madrid to keep tabs on the player.

That's the views of Nice boss Claude Puel, if not by anybody else.


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"I am not surprised to hear that big clubs such as Real Madrid are keeping tabs on him," Puel told Nice Matin.

It's hard to deny the 28-year-old has found his form for the French side, for whom he originally joined in January 2015 - scoring seven goals in 18 matches, after having a torrid time in England with spells at Newcastle and Hull.

The form he has 'dazzled' with has also earned the winger a recall to the French national side by Didier Deschamps, making a starting appearance against England in an emotionally-charged friendly in the weekend following the deadly terror attacks in Paris.

Puel has also surprisingly admitted he hopes the player doesn't remain a Nice player come the end of the season, and would be happy for Ben Arfa to leave for a bigger club.

"I do not agree with those who say Hatem needs to be at a small club in order to deliver his best performances.

"I hope for him that he no longer plays for Nice next season."

Ben Arfa had a tricky start to 2015 by various football-related problems off the field that halted his progress last season. His contract with Newcastle was terminated on January 4 2015, before signing for Nice the following day.

However, he was ineligible to play for the French side as he had already played for the Magpies and Hull in the same season, with FIFA rules stating a player cannot play for more than two clubs in one season. He then terminated the contract on February 3 but Nice re-signed him in June, being eligible until the following campaign.

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