Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target Younes Belhanda has given his clearest indication yet that he wants to experience the Premier League, and named fellow suitors Arsenal as his favourite club in England.
Sky Sports reports how the 24-year-old playmaker was the subject of intense transfer speculation last summer, with a host of top European clubs credited with a watching brief on the former Montpellier star.
Belhanda ended up joining Dynamo Kiev after none of his admirers firmed up their alleged interest, but the Morocco international insists that he still holds aspirations of playing in the Premier League, denying that his move to Ukraine was motivated solely by money.
"My transfer to Kiev? I didn't have any other offers, apart from Al-Jazira," he explained in an interview with France Football. "People talked about Aston Villa and stated that I joined Kiev for money.
"If it was only for money, I would have joined Al-Jazira. They offered me double the wages I get in Kiev."
With David Moyes in the market for midfield reinforcements in the summer, it remains to be seen whether the Red Devils boss will renew his interest in bringing Belhanda to Old Trafford.
However, any prospective transfer to Manchester United will hinge on the Gunners' plans after the Dynamo Kiev star made clear his preference to link up with Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium over any other rival English suitor.
"How long will I stay at Dynamo? I don't know. If I have opportunities to go higher, I will seize them," Belhanda continued. "I am dreaming about England. Every player wants to play in England one day. I have to experience that.
"My favourite club? Arsenal, of course. It is the club of Frenchmen. Newcastle as well, but they are a step below. Manchester City and Liverpool are exciting too.
"There are so many clubs with big histories. That is England."
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