Gunners & Reds target staying in France

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Montpellier starlet Younes Belhanda is set to disappoint Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and stay put in France next season, according to talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old told French newspaper L'Equipe that he wants to stay and play Champions League football with his boyhood club next season. The Ligue 1 side currently sit top of the table with one game to play, and can wrap up the title with victory over Auxerre on Sunday.

Belhanda has been scouted by a number of top Premier League clubs, and City were believed to have identified the player as a key target should they fail in their quest to sign fellow Ligue 1 sensation Eden Hazard. Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish even travelled to France to watch the young winger play last season, as he looked to identify possible summer transfer targets.

However, Arsenal were also tracking the French Young Player of the Year and were thought to be in prime position to sign the Montpellier winger should he have decided to move on. It now seems that all three Premier League clubs are set to miss out on the talented youngster.

The Morocco international, along with French striker Olivier Giroud, has played a key role in Montpellier's unlikely rise to the summit of Ligue 1 and he wants to stay put to help their Champions League crusade next year.

"I want to stay," Belhanda told L'Equipe. "Playing the Champions League with my club is something extraordinary."

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