July 06, 2008
Lyon: No Madrid Bid For Ben Arfa
Lyon have denied ever receiving a bid from Real Madrid for Hatem Ben Arfa, despite the 21-year-old winger - who joined Marseille this week for an undisclosed fee - claiming that Real Madrid had tried to sign him.Ben Arfa further claimed that Lyon had favoured his moving to the Bernabeu as they would benefit more financially from that transfer.But Lyon dispute that secenario.A statement on the club's official website said: "Olympique Lyonnais are keen to confirm that we have never had the slightest contact with Real Madrid concerning the transfer of Hatem Ben Arfa, and therefore never 'sent' representatives from the Spanish club to see Ben Arfa."OL can confirm that only two clubs showed an interest in signing the player: Marseille and Paris St-Germain."President Jean-Michel Aulas informed the player of this in order to find out his choice, which was Marseille."