Leicester City’s hopes of signing Hatem Ben Arfa have been dashed after he made claims that he would not sign for a team unless they could win the Champions League, according to Le Parisien.

The French media outlet has said that the Paris Saint-Germain winger would not be prepared to leave the French giants unless a club was a genuine contender to lift European football’s biggest trophy.

The former Nice man has fallen out of favour at the Parc des Princes and new Leicester boss Claude Puel would have been looking to reunite with him at the King Power Stadium in January.

However, a move for the France international and ex Newcastle United man looks to be very distant, although it is believed the Foxes manager could be the man to convince him otherwise.

Leicester boss Puel is a known admirer of Ben Arfa’s, admitting in the past that he appreciated him as a player, but also as a person during his time at Nice, where he also managed to get the best out of him.

The lack of regular Champions League football, let alone the possibility of winning the tournament, would be one of the first stumbling blocks that the Foxes would face should they try to lure him back to the Premier League.

There would also be a financial issue as well, as Ben Arfa is currently earning around £112,000-per-week with the Parisians, a figure Leicester could struggle to match.

Puel has admitted that it is still early days in his reign at the Foxes and still needs to assess all of them to see where he needs strengthening, as he is not currently prepared to look at potential transfer targets until closer to the January window.


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