Ben Arfa files lawsuit against PSG


Ben Arfa, 31, is widely considered as one of the most talented French players of his generation but failed to reach the heights expected of him.

Apart of the famed 1987 club with Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri, the Lyon youth product was touted as the most naturally gifted of the trio.

Having starred for OL and Marseille before his five-year stint in the Premier League, that was marred by inconsistencies with Newcastle United and Hull City respectively - the skilful playmaker returned to France with OGC Nice.

Ben Arfa subsequently rediscovered the form the made him one of Europe's hottest prospects with 18 goals in 37 matches for the unfancied French outfit, helping them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain came calling shortly after and he described the switch as a 'dream move'. But that quickly turned into a nightmare as he found himself on the periphery of the first-team and eventually banished to the reserves under the management of Unai Emery.

For 15 months, the 15-time capped France international was left in limbo as his checkered injury history in the past saw him sign a performance-related contract with the Qatari-owned club.

With that he was meant to be compensated through, goals scored, appearances and with his missed games amounting to 70 fixtures after being frozen out of the first-team, his lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand has confirmed he's filed for "discrimination and workplace harassment".

"An important part of his contract was conditioned on his performance on the field," Bertrand said in an interview with Sky Sports.

"So, he is prevented effectively from participating and being able to fulfil his contract.

"Hatem considered that this period was very harmful to him. He believed that, with a personal coach, he would be able to find another club immediately, and he did.

"He believed he would regain a highly competitive level quickly but, as everyone knows in this business, you need weeks and weeks to get in full shape, after being prevented from playing official games for 15 months."

Ben Arfa has since joined domestic rivals Rennes, where he's scored four goals in 10 league outings this season.