Belhanda pledges to stay at Montpellier
By Enis Koylu
April 13, 2012 (goal.com)
Montpellier attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda said he has no intention of leaving his current club despite being monitored by several teams abroad.
The Morocco international has caught the eye in recent months as Rene Girard’s men stormed to the top of Ligue 1, leading to reports linking the 22-year-old with a move to Arsenal.
However, Belhanda has now stated that he is willing to remain in Ligue 1, and will only leave Montpellier if the club’s hierarchy wishes to sell him.
“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.
Belhanda scored a sensational volley in the 3-1 win over Marseille at Stade Velodrome on Wednesday and Girard was full of praise for his charge.
“It was absolutely remarkable how he chested it down and volleyed. He’s very gifted, and he works very hard,” he said according to France Football.
Montpellier currently sit three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1, and Girard is hopeful that Champions League qualification will help the club keep some of their prized assets.
“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.