Ben Arfa says he is ready to move to a big club

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with Barcelona in recent weeks and says he is ready to move to a big European club.

Hatem Ben Arfa insists he is ready to play for a big team amid ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona. 

The former Newcastle United midfielder has been in impressive form for Ligue 1 club Nice, netting 17 goals in 33 games this season.

Such a rich vein of form has allegedly attracted the interest of several clubs across Europe, with La Liga champions Barcelona emerging as a possible destination.

Previous reports had suggested the 29-year-old was on his way to Catalonia to discuss a move and examine the club's training facilities, although those claims were later played down by the player, who said he was focused on Nice's trip to Guingamp on the last day of the season. 

However, the Frenchman insists he has not snubbed a move to the Camp Nou, adding that he feels he can cope with the demands of playing for a top European team. 

The France international, who is a free agent at the end of the season, told Eurosport: “I feel totally ready to play for a big European team.

“I've reached many levels and today I'm ready for the challenge, big or not. There's been a lot of talk about Barcelona. Sometimes it's Barca, another time it's another team.

"It's always like this but for the moment I'm just focused on the end of the season. After that we'll see."

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