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In-demand Belhanda joins Dynamo Kiev

Asad
SENIOR ANALYST
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01 Jul 2013, 10:02 IST

FBL-FRA-LIGUE1-RENNES-MONTPELLIERYounes Belhanda, the young Moroccan attacking midfielder who has been compared to Robert Pires due to his shining performances in the French Ligue 1, has ended all transfer speculation by joining Ukranian giants Dynamo Kiev.

Belhanda is a much-sought after youngster with clubs like Arsenal, Aston Villa and other big clubs seemingly interested in him after he helped Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title in the 2011-12 season. The former France under-20 international was eligible to represent Morocco (Moroccan descent through his parents) and decided to represent his country of origin. Since  he made his senior international debut in November 2010, he has gone on to represent Morocco 21 times, scoring 2 goals.

Date of birth:25.02.1990
Place of birth:Avignon  (France)
Age:23
Height:1,77
Nationality:Morocco
France
Position:Midfield – Attacking Midfield
Foot:right
Market value:14,000,000 €
Player’s agent:Mondial Sport Management & Consulting Sarl

Primarily an attacking midfielder, he can double up as a winger and possesses a good vision, fair technique and on-the-ball skills, and is an intelligent decision maker.

Belhanda had been linked with a host of sides throughout Europe, and earlier this week, Montpellier president Louis Nicollin confirmed on the club’s official Twitter feed that they had accepted two bids. The Ukrainian side have yet to reveal the fee or details of the contract handed to the Morocco international, who will wear the number 90 shirt – the year of his birth.

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