My tribe

Lyon's Ben Arfa: Man Utd, Barcelona wanted me

Olympique Lyon attacker Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed the interest of Manchester United.

"Manchester United sent me a T-shirt signed by Ryan Giggs to convince me," the France international told of United's attempt to sign him as a teenager.

"Jose Mourinho invited my family to Chelsea to see the facilities, and (Barcelona director of football) Txiki Begiristain was negotiating with my agent three years ago.

"There was an offer but I preferred to continue my training in Lyon. It was better for me."

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?