Hatem Ben Arfa In Tears After Helping Rennes Beat Former Club PSG In French Cup Final

The one and only Justin Timberlake once said, "What goes around, goes around, goes around, comes all the way back around" - and we reckon Hatem Ben Arfa is definitely believing in those words this morning.

After signing for PSG and making 32 appearances in his first season, the former Newcastle United winger's stint in the French capital ended up being an absolute nightmare.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He was basically made to feel invisible at the Parc des Princes last season and went 15 months without making a single first-team appearance before his contract expired in June 2018 and he signed for Rennes.

But last night, karma came back around when Ben Arfa helped his current side come from 2-0 down to beat his former employers in the Coupe de France final on penalties - bringing Rennes their first trophy since 1970.

And Ben Arfa, who is currently in the middle of a £7 million lawsuit against PSG for loss of earnings in February, was overcome with emotion at the end of the game. The victory, a form of poetic justice, meant so much to him.

A lot of the Frenchman's problems lie with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the two had an extremely awkward handshake post-match - with Ewhen Ben Arfa went up to his collect his winner's medal.

Ben Arfa had a cheeky dig at PSG in the mixed zone, while he also had some choice words for Al-Khelaifi in an interview after the triumph - and said that the club will experience the same level of karma with Adrien Rabiot, currently ostracised from first-team proceedings.

"We pulled off a Remontada [comeback], but PSG are used to that," he said in the mixed zone, as per ESPN.

"It was complicated [his spell in Paris]. Everything comes back to you one day, which is what I told the president -the human side must be respected. When you do not do that, at some point, you pay for it.

"One day, Adrien Rabiot will come back with a different team against PSG, and they will be hurt then as well - that is life.

"I have nothing against PSG. I love the club, since I was small - the problem is the institution, the people in charge. Once again, the human must be respected.

"This victory brings me extraordinary joy. Regarding Nasser, this is especially important. Never underestimate your opponent - one day, they will come back stronger."

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