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Belhanda ‘dreaming’ of Arsenal transfer

The Morocco international was previously linked with a number of English clubs during his time with Ligue 1 side Montpellier, namely Arsenal, Tottenham, and Newcastle, before moving to Ukraine.


But now the 24-year-old has opened the door to Premier League clubs, declaring England – particularly Arsenal – would be his preferred destination.


“How long will I stay at Dynamo? I don’t know. If I have opportunities to go higher, I will seize them,” he told France Football.


“I am dreaming about England. Every player wants to play in England one day. I have to experience that.


“My favourite club? Arsenal, of course. It is the club of Frenchmen. Newcastle as well, but they are a step below. Manchester City and Liverpool are exciting too.


“There are so many clubs with big histories. That is England.”


The playmaker, who scored a penalty against the Gunners in the 2011/12 Champions League, went on to quash reports suggesting his move to Ukraine was financially motivated.


“My transfer to Kyiv? I didn’t have any other offers, apart from Al-Jazira,” he said.


“People talked about Aston Villa and stated that I joined Kyiv for money. If it was only for money, I would have joined Al-Jazira. They offered me double the wages I get here.”