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Wenger admits Belhanda interest

Morocco's Younes Belhanda is on Arsenal coach's radar

Karim Farouk, Monday 12 Mar 2012
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Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Morocco's gifted playmaker Younes Belhanda.

"Younes Belhanda, I know him well. He plays without any complexities. His real talent is dribbling, passing and he has good technique which can influence any game," the French tactician wrote in his blog for French Eurosport.

The 22-year-old player has been on impressive form with Montpellier this season and emerged as one of the best playmakers of the France Ligue 1.

Belhanda had a disappointing campaign in the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 as the Atlas Lions didn't survive the group stage.

"Morocco did not spend enough time in the competition, and he played in a position that did not allow him to shine," said Wenger.

"He played on the right, because they had many central players - it can happen that a young player misses out in a tournament, but I am sure of his potential.

"I love this player, but I do not want to create problems.

"Montpellier are the ones who will decide if he leaves, once that happens we might look at him, but we respect the work done by Montpellier," he concluded.

Montpellier have opened contract talks with Belhanda in recent weeks, as he has been linked with PSG and AC Milan. Wenger, meanwhile, will be waiting for the green light.

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