Younes Belhanda has been strongly linked with the North London duo but refused to be drawn on his future this week.
In February much speculation followed the Morocco midfield playmaker Younes Belhanda as his club Montpellier struggled to live up the expectation that followed them after claiming a maiden Ligue 1 title in 2012.
At one point many news sources in fact said he had even agreed a deal with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce; which ended up proving to be nothing more than mere press speculation.
This weekend Montpellier said goodbye to their manager Rene Girard as he took charge of his last game at Montpellier’s Stade de la Mosson for the last time before he leaves the club as a hero for his achievements in the South of France.
But the fans were also preparing themselves to say goodbye to Belhanda as a drab 0-0 draw played out in an inconsequential backdrop to this emotional occasion.
Belhanda was one of the star players last term and despite a less fruitful term in 2012-13 he has certainly picked up his form since the turn of the year; in doing so watching his side rise back up the table again.
Those rumours were given credence earlier in the month when Montpellier admitted their desire to cash in on the talents of their mercurial midfield maestro:
‘‘The door is open for Younes to find a bigger club. I don’t know where he’ll go yet but he wants to leave. I want at least £8million for him.’’
Those were the words of the clubs eccentric owner Louis Nicollin just weeks ago so inevitably Belhanda was to be questioned by the waiting French press after what could transpire to be his final home game for the club.
But he remained unusually coy about his future when quizzed; insisting he had no desire to steal the limelight away from his departing gaffer who has done him such good:
‘’My future? I will not speak tonight. And I do not know…’’
As much as he might not know I think we all do. This was definitely his last home game for the club and at £8 million Arsenal or Spurs could do a lot worse.
Should Belhanda play in the Premier League next season?
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