Wenger confirms Belhanda interest

Next Story

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he will follow the movements of Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda this summer.

The 22-year-old has scored eight Ligue 1 goals this season, and is regarded as one of the brightest talents coming out of the French top flight.

Montepellier are currently one point off leaders Paris St Germain, and while not wanting to disrupt the team's harmony, Wenger wants to take a look at the Moroccan.

"Younes Belhanda, I know him well," Wenger said.

"He plays without any complexities, his real talent is dribbling, passing and he has good technique which can influence any game. 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."

After featuring for the Morocco national team at the Africa Cup of Nations, Belhanda is likely to play a pivotal role in his side's title push, and despite dreaming of a move to England, is totally focused on the job in hand.

"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 TF1.

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

Wenger's revelations are a further sign that he's planning ahead of the transfer window, which last summer saw him complete plenty of deals at the back-end of the window.

Many of the Gunners' problems this season have stemmed from their dealings in the twilight of the period, and Wenger appears to be making plans in advance so to avoid a similar situation this time around.

However, the Frenchman's main priority this summer will be tying down top scorer Robin van Persie to a long-term contract.

European News
Premier League
UEFA Champions League
Next Story

Read more