Arrived free last October in Bordeaux, Hatem Ben Arfa will leave the Girondins after a mixed adventure. While he had initialed a one-year contract with another optional year, it should not be triggered because “the criteria have not been met,” said Bordeaux sports director Alain Roche , in an interview with Sud-Ouest.
A year and then goes away. Landed in Bordeaux freely in the very last hours of the summer transfer window, Hatem Ben Arfa will already turn the page this summer. At 34, the striker had initialed a one-year contract with another optional year with the Girondins.
However, this optional year was “conditioned on several criteria which were not met”, confides the Bordeaux sports director, Alain Roche, in an interview with Sud-Ouest.
Decisive in the first weeks following his arrival, Hatem Ben Arfa was hampered on his good momentum after his return from injury at the end of January. The striker then struggled to gain momentum, showing himself to be much less incisive.
Less sharp performances which led Jean-Louis Gasset to gradually reduce the playing time of the former resident of PSG, also spent by OL, OM or OGC Nice.
Several candidates for the resumption of the Girondins
Still in the dark with the club’s serious economic difficulties, Bordeaux saw several files officially presented to the Rothschild bank before the deadline set for Monday for the club’s resumption.
Several candidates emerge. Among them, the‘Girondin businessman Pascal Rigo – who made a fortune in the United States by creating French-style bakeries – has officially filed a case.
He is notably accompanied by the former club president Stéphane Martin. Their funds are supported by local investors as well as a panel of foreign investors including a few owners of MLS franchises in the United States.
Didier Quillot, former director general of the LFP, has also positioned himself. Other candidate, Bruno Fiévet has also filed a case. Its project remains much more vague, especially concerning its financial surface. The entrepreneur does not rule out joining other plans.