PARIS (AP) — Winger Hatem Ben Arfa joined French champion Paris Saint-Germain from Nice on a two-year-deal on Friday, becoming new coach Unai Emery's first signing.
Ben Arfa's move follows the best season of his career. He scored 17 league goals last season, many of them spectacular solo goals, to help unheralded Nice finish in fourth place and secure a place in the Europa League. Ben Arfa was among the nominees for the French league player of the season, and earned a recall to the France side, although he missed out on the European Championship.
The 29-year-old Ben Arfa, who grew up on the outskirts of Paris, hailed the move as "a great moment of pride."
He previously played for French clubs Lyon, Marseille, and for English sides Newcastle and Hull.