Younes Belhanda has been unveiled as one of three big summer signings made by Dynamo Kiev after moving from French side Montpellier.
Dieumerci Mbokani and Jermain Lens will also be joining the Moroccan in Kiev as a contingency of young, up and coming players in Europe.
Belhanda’s name has been constantly mentioned throughout Europe, especially with regards to the English Premier League. Belhanda has been linked to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle United and Aston Villa, who appeared most likely to sign the playmaker
Villa are likely to be frustrated with how everything turned out given what the player said about England being his first choice destination.
Earlier in the transfer window, Belhanda had been quoted as saying: “I have told everyone that England will always be my first choice.
“Aston Villa is a great club with a big history playing in the best league in the world, so let’s see what will happen.”
Out of all the clubs that Belhanda was linked to, Villa were arguably the best fit for the player.
Paul Lambert’s football philosophy is centred on young players who are hungry for success - and a lot of younger players in Europe have identified that and have subsequently wanted to join the club. But a skilful, experienced young player like Belhanda will prove to be a big miss for the club.
Aston Villa are in the market for a playmaker to plug the gap behind the striker. And a few sources have mentioned that the Belgium winger, Nacer Chadli is the latest player to be linked with the Villa.
If Villa can find a No. 10 and manage to keep hold of star man Christian Benteke, it’s fair to assume that the forthcoming season is full of potential for the club.
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