The Morocco international was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and Tottenham over the last couple of seasons but a move failed to materialise, leaving him with no option but to move to Ukraine when Kiev came calling. The midfielder has been in good form this season, having scored five goals in 10 appearances for the club and is rediscovering his form from the 2011/12 season when he helped Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title.
The 23 year old has insisted that he is happy at Dynamo Kiev but admits he would welcome offers from the Premier League.
According to Daily Star, he said:
For now, all is well (in Ukraine) the adjustment period was a bit tricky with the language and the country change, as I had been ten years before at Montpellier.
I was in my cocoon and I needed a new motivation to move ahead. I did not have other contacts [with other clubs] last summer.
My dream is to play in England, but maybe I did not do the right thing last year to attract big clubs. The Kiev coach put me directly in number 10. He recruited me for this. He told me that we had to do better than last year.
Younes Belhanda was born near Avignon in South of France and grew up there playing football with various local clubs. He then joined Montpellier and started off his career as a defensive midfielder before his ability convinced Coach Rene Girard to experiment with him as an attacking midfielder instead. He excelled in his new found role and became one of the best play makers in Ligue 1.
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The 23 year old can also play on the wing and has solid striking capability. He stands at 5 ft 10 in and possesses great speed, skill and agility.
He is still very young and would fit in nicely at Arsenal as his versatility would definitely be an asset and although the Gunners have plenty of talent in the midfield there aren’t many wingers, so a move for him will definitely make sense. Former teammate and now Arsenal player Olivier Giroud might be able to convince Belhanda to join the club.
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