And that has now changed, with veteran Hatem Ben Arfa joining the club on a free transfer.
— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) October 7, 2020
Ben Arfa, 33, has been without a team since leaving Real Valladolid in Spain, where he appeared only five times.
The 15-time French international has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second season for a salary of less than €100,000.
Bordeaux head coach Jean Louis Gasset made his feelings about Ben Arfa clear on September 27.
“Hatem Ben Arfa is a creator, a genius of football,” said Gasset. “If it’s possible [to sign him]… but frankly I don’t know.”
Now Gasset will get the chance to work with Ben Arfa, who will join his sixth Ligue 1 club.
Ben Arfa has also played for Lyon, Marseille, Nice, PSG and Rennes. He is also well known for his spell in England with Newcastle from 2011 until 2015.