New Paris Saint-Germain signing Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed that his age played a part in his decision to reject a move to La Liga champions Barcelona, France Football reports (via ESPN FC).

The 29-year-old had a renaissance last season with Nice in Ligue 1 and his sensational form- plundering a sensational 17 goals- made him a target for top clubs around Europe.


Barcelona were reportedly keen on signing the former Newcastle United winger on a free deal and Nice's club president Jean-Pierre Rivere, had earlier this year, taken the bold step of urging Ben Arfa to join the Catalan giants.

But a deal failed to materialise which allowed Ligue 1 champions PSG to sweep in and sign the France international on a free deal instead. 


And speaking after being announced by the club on Tuesday, the 29-year-old revealed trying to break into a side containing Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez would be difficult to do at his age.

He said: "Obviously it turned my head a little bit... but since I was still in the running for the top places [in Ligue 1] with Nice I didn't get carried away.

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"In any case, it would have been difficult for me over there because they already have a team in place and I would have had to be very, very strong to get into that team.

"In fact, if the offer had arrived four or five years ago I would have gone there fully committed because I would have had the time to wait patiently for a little bit.

"At 29, it's not exactly the same. I don't have too much time to lose. But I really have no regrets, especially when I see what awaits me at PSG."