Revealed! The remarkable PSG contract clauses in former Newcastle United maverick Hatem Ben Arfa's deal

Former Newcastle United man Hatem Ben Arfa's Paris St-Germain contract reportedly included a bonus for not 'bad mouthing' the club in the media and turning up to training on time.

Saturday, 19th October 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Saturday, 19th October 2019, 7:00 am
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Hatem Ben Arfa (C) of Newcastle is challenged by Lee Cattermole (L) and Jozy Altidore of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on October 27, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)

Ben Arfa's contract and break up from the Ligue 1 giants is being played out in public over in France, with the ex-Magpies man taking PSG to court for £7million in damages after being frozen out at the Parc de Princes in 2017 and 2018.

And, according to L'Equipe, Ben Arfa's basic salary of around £370,000 per month would be boosted by a so-called 'ethics premium' of around £65,000, should the player not fall foul of club rules.

Ben Arfa was present on Wednesday at a hearing at Prud'hommes de Paris court as part of this on-going litigation. At this hearing details of his salary and its clauses were revealed. A decision on the litigation is set for December 16.

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At the hearing, Ben Arfa said: "All the players were surprised that I was not playing, including Neymar, because I performed very well in training. I was told: "You will give in, you will lose the plot". But I am not scared of adversity. I stayed because I was convinced that I would play for them."

In response, Marie-Helene Cohen-Guilleminet, representing PSG, said: "PSG were not in breach of their obligations when they decided not to select the player, who were within their rights to do so because of failings at training and weak performance from the player."

Ben Arfa, now a free agent, was not selected for the whole of 2017-18 season by PSG and subsequently left for Rennes that summer.

Fiery Ben Arfa is a player who polarised opinion on Tyneside - with many fans viewing his tempestuous manner and unpredictability as a necessary evil for a forward so talented, while others took the opposite opinion.

The now 32-year-old spent five years at United between 2010 and 2015.

He scored 13 goals in his time at St James’s Park, most famously two solo efforts in the home wins over Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League, and Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.