Paris - Nice forward Hatem Ben Arfa and Marseille midfield
dynamo Lassana Diarra are on a shortlist of four alongside Parisian big guns
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel di Maria for the French player of the year award.
The award is announced May 8 and is voted upon by the
quartet's fellow Ligue 1 players.
After a serious slump in the first half of the season last
year's winner Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette failed to make the cut despite
his 12 goals since January.
Winner in 2013 and 2014 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Ligue 1's top
scorer with 32 goals and is top passer with 13 assists and looks to be hot
favourite to pick up a third award in the final season of his PSG contract.
Angel di Maria has also run defences ragged but cannot boast
the same statistics or wield the same authority as his Swedish teammate.
Playmaker Ben Arfa has been unstoppable with the ball at his
feet and has led Nice to the brink of Champions League qualification in
scintillating style and scored 17 Ligue 1 goals.
While Diarra's performances have been the one constant in
Marseille's awful season, the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid star is
tipped to join arch rivals PSG in the summer.
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The Player's Union also elect a coach of the year with PSG
handler Laurent Blanc in the running after winning the League and League Cup
with a French Cup final to come.
Ben Arfa's coach Claude Puel, who took Monaco to the 2004
Champions League final, may well pip Blanc after a thrilling season at Nice.
Also on the list are early season form team Angers' coach
Stephane Moulin and Thierry Laurey who has worked wonders on a shoe-string
budget at relegation threatened Corsican minnows Gazelec Ajaccio.
Players short list:
Hatem Ben Arfa (FRA/Nice), Lassana Diarra (FRA/Marseille),
Angel Di Maria (ARG/PSG), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE/PSG).
Coaches short list:
Laurent Blanc (FRA/Paris SG), Thierry Laurey (FRA/Gazlec
Ajaccio), Stphane Moulin (FRA/Angers), Claude Puel (FRA/Nice).
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