Morocco’s Belhanda on radar of Europe's top clubs

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

The gifted playmaker has been linked to AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona and PSG

Morocco's Younes Belhanda (Photo: AO)

Moroccan midfielder Younes Belhanda has produced a scintillating performance with Montpellier this season, earning him the attention of some of Europe’s big guns.

The 22-year-old has scored seven goals and delivered a host of assists that helped Montpellier top the Ligue 1 table after 25 matchdays.

The Spanish press has hailed his performance, and even widely-published newspaper Marca has said that his talents bring back memories of the holy Zidane who emerged at Bordeaux, while El Mundo Deportivo revealed that Barcelona’s staff are scouting him.

Reports have also linked him to Italian champions AC Milan, France giants PSG and Premier League side Arsenal.

"Milan, I know nothing about. I think it is just rumours. My dream is to play in England or Germany. Everybody wants to play in the Premier League and there are some great clubs like Arsenal, which is almost a French club,” he told French TV station TF1, referring to French Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger and the number of French players who play for the team.

"Germany has a lot of big clubs who deliver good performances in the Champions League. The atmosphere in the stadium is magnificent too," he added.

However Belhanda – who was part of the Atlas Lions’ disappointing campaign in the Africa Cup of Nations’ 2012 – is satisfied with his current location and is in no rush to move away.

"I am focused on Montpellier now because it is the club that gave me fame, I can stay here for two or three years to come," he concluded.

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