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Moroccan playmaker opens Arsenal & Tottenham transfer door

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Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda has opened the door to a possible summer move to either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.

The Moroccan international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, with the north London rivals reported to be keen on the 23-year-old.

And, Belhanda has now revealed that he’s ready for a new challenge away from Ligue 1, despite his current contract at the Stade de la Mosson running until 2015.

However, it’s not just English clubs who will take note of the player’s remarks, with the versatile midfielder admitting he’s open to testing himself in the Bundesliga.

"Next season? I don't know. I have contacts but nothing concrete. I want to go to England or Germany. I believe I am made for that football, both physical and technical with a lot of risks,” he told French paper L’Equipe.

"My wish is to play in the Champions League next season, but I could sign for a club with big history. I will not learn anything else in France. I know how we play here. I need a new mentality, new excitement."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Belhanda, admitting his interest in the Ligue 1 star back in March 2012.

"Younes Belhanda, I know him well. 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," said the Gunners’ chief at the time.

The midfielder would add some additional depth to the Arsenal squad, and provide competition to Santi Cazorla for a starting spot in the playmaker position.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was heavily linked with a move for Belhanda back in January, with Montpellier forced to deny the speculation during the transfer window.

The creative midfielder has notched double figures in the last two seasons, and would offer a real goal threat from behind the striker if Tottenham Hotspur were able to land player.

However, Spurs will know that bringing the player to White Hart Lane without Champions League football will be a difficult ask in the coming months.

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