Nice president: Ben Arfa should choose Barcelona

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere confirms that Barca are in contact with Hatem Ben Arfa, and feels the player shouldn't have any reservations about the move.

Earlier this week, Rivere confirmed that several clubs had enquired about the player, chief among them Barcelona, who Rivere feels are most likely to land the midfielder.

"Barcelona are indeed one of the numerous clubs who have asked for Hatem," he told France 3. "Frankly if it could happen I would be very, very happy for Hatem, who deserves to go to a club like Barca.

"You don't refuse a club like Barca, in my opinion, but it's his decision," Rivere said of the player, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

"If I was a player, I wouldn't ask any questions, I'd go to Barca. I would be very happy if it happens and we're very happy for the club as well because it shows that at Nice we're capable of sometimes having exceptional players.

"But it's not yet done, according to what Hatem has told me. They're still in discussions."

Following growing speculation that the player had already signed for the Catalan giants, Ben Arfa felt the need to indicate that no deal had been done and that his focus remained on seeing Les Aiglons into Ligue 1's third position.

"I haven't signed for Barca," said Ben Arfa said in a live Facebook chat with

"There are a lot of rumours but I'd prefer not to talk about my future. Barca or another club, that's not the most important thing.

"Once the season is finished I'll be able to talk about my future.

"Whether we qualify for the Champions League or not, my future isn't decided.

"It's still possible that I'll stay at Nice. I don't know where I will be next year."