Paris - Hatem Ben Arfa admitted he is in the form of his
life and still holds out hope of reaching the France squad for Euro 2016 after
scoring the first hat-trick of his career on Sunday.
The 29-year-old scored all the goals in Nice's 3-0 win
against Rennes that leaves the south-coast side fourth in the Ligue 1 table,
just two points off a Champions League spot with five matches remaining.
Ben Arfa has scored 16 league goals in a superb season to
relaunch his career after a frustrating time in England with Newcastle United
and Hull City.
Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored more, and Ben Arfa later
told sports daily L'Equipe: "I'm loving it here. I am so happy to be
playing at Nice.
"I am having the best time of my career, with these
players and this coach," he added of life under Claude Puel on the Cote
Also read: Ben Arfa signs with French club Nice
Ben Arfa, who is out of contract at the end of the season
and attracting the interest of clubs abroad, was recalled to the France squad
last November and won his 15th cap in the 2-0 friendly defeat in England.
He was then left out of coach Didier Deschamps' squad for
friendly wins over the Netherlands and Russia last month, leaving his hopes of
being included when the hosts' 23-man squad for the Euros is announced on May
12 semingly in tatters.
There is intense competition for places in the French
attack, but Ben Arfa's display on Sunday put Rennes prodigy Ousmane Dembele
firmly in the shade and the player himself is not giving up hope.
"The squad will be announced on May 12. I am going to
give everything on the field to be there," he said.
"As long as there is still hope I will keep believing.
You know, I am a competitor, you'll see, I will give everything and I will be
there until the very end trying to reach our objectives."
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