Rennes inspired by 'extraordinary' Ben Arfa - Del Castillo


Rennes attacking midfielder Romain del Castillo says he is inspired by summer signing Hatem Ben Arfa.

Ben Arfa has endured something of a nomadic career thus far, playing for seven clubs, including the likes of Newcastle United, PSG and Marseille.

Rennes signed the midfielder in the summer following his release from PSG, and Del Castillo believes he is an inspiration to all of his team-mates.

"When you are an offensive player like me, you watch his videos," he told Goal when asked about the 31-year-old.

"We are inspired by a player like him. What he does on the field is extraordinary and playing with him everyday is positive."

Rennes are currently sixth in Ligue 1 and will also play in the Europa League this season, facing Astana, Dynamo Kyiv and Jablonec, and the midfielder is confident of qualification.

"We watched the draw all together during a dinner at the training center.

"We don't have big teams in our group, but this is good. If we meet the big teams in the final stages, it's even better.

"We have the opportunity to qualify the club for the final stages and we are happy."

Ben Arfa's next opportunity to impress will come against OGC Nice this weekend.

He spent the 2015-16 season with Nice, and claimed in the summer that he received an offer to return to the club, only to reject it.

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"I had a lot of requests, I wanted to take my time," he explained.

"The Europa League was one of the criteria, but the important thing was the setting and Stade Rennes has changed in size.

"There was Nice too but it's hard to go back with your ex."