Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

Dynamo Kyiv playmaker Younes Belhanda claims he is happy playing his football in the Ukraine, but is planning to make the leap to England in the future, with several clubs having caught his eye.

Belhanda swapped Montpellier, with whom he won the Ligue 1 title in 2012, for Dynamo Kyiv last summer in a shock move, having long been linked with heading to England's Premier League.

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He is not disappointed with his decision, despite the turmoil which has gripped the country in the wake of Russia's annexation of the Ukraine.

Belhanda told France Football: "Leaving the Ukraine has never crossed my mind.


"The president has reassured us about the situation and told us there is nothing to fear."

But Belhanda is not planning on playing for the Kyiv giants forever and is attracted by a number of English clubs.

"If I have opportunities to get even higher. I will take them. For now, I'm here. England makes me dream. And especially Arsenal.

"Newcastle too, but they are a rank below Arsenal.

"Manchester City are also interesting, along with Liverpool. There are so many clubs with great histories – that is England!"

Belhanda has made 18 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League for Dynamo Kyiv so far this season, scoring six goals and providing three assists for his team-mates.

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