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Younes Belhanda: another hot talent on his way to Turkey

Modified 08 Mar 2013, 16:38 IST
Montpellier Herault SC Training and Press ConferenceHighly regarded Montpellier and Moroccan international star Younes Belhanda is in talks with Fenerbahce over a move to Turkey. The two clubs are in the later stages of negotiations and are still trying to agree a fee that will see the 22-year-old swap the blue and orange jersey for the blue and yellow one.

The Turkish giants released a statement saying, “We have begun talks with Montpellier and Younes Belhanda over a move for the player”.

This will come as a blow for Montpellier, who currently sit 12th in the French league. With many players gone, moving or linked with moves away, they are enduring a difficult period and will need to reinvest in the squad.

Last season saw Montpellier crowned French champions for the first time in their history. Belhanda’s impressive performances have seen interest ignited by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur among those keeping a close eye on the gifted playmaker.

However it seems as if Fenerbahce will land the Moroccan International and the move will see Turkey inherit two of the finest attacking talents Europe has to offer, as Wesley Sneijder has joined Galatasary from Inter Milan.

After making his debut a little over three years ago, Belhanda has won the French League title and was named in the 2011-2012 Ligue 1 Team of the Year whilst also picking up the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award. His pending transfer to Fenerbahce should work out for both the purchasing club and player.

At the tender age of 22, Belhanda has many years ahead of him and a move to Turkish football would possibly raise his profile further, and is expected to compete for trophies within the division.

Belhanda is currently on international duty with Morocco at the African Cup of Nations.

Published 23 Jan 2013, 01:11 IST
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