Belhanda resists Arsenal advances

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Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda has seemingly ruled out a move to Arsenal this summer, stating he wishes to stay in Ligue 1.

The 22-year-old has scored six goals since the turn of the year, including two in the vital win over Marseille on Wednesday.

Such form had sparked talk of a move to Arsenal, however, Belhanda has no plans to leave the French league leaders unless the club's board wish to part ways.

"I still have two years left on my contract, and, if the president doesn't want to sell me, I have no problem with staying at Montpellier," Belhanda told L'Equipe.

"If we qualify for the Champions League, our star players will think twice about leaving, but it's true that we may still have a lot of trouble hanging on to them," he added.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted last month that he wanted to sign Belhanda this coming summer following his displays this summer.

The French boss last summer made a number of late signings in the January transfer window, which affected the club's start to the season, but he made his admiration of Belhanda public early.

“I know Younes well and like him a lot," Wenger noted.

“But I don’t want to cause problems. Only Montpellier can decide where he goes to.”

The club have since recovered from their early season slump, and now look odds on to finish third in the Premier League, however making early plans for the upcoming window could assist in getting closer to the Manchester pair.

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