Just a month after stating that England was his first choice destination, he’s heading off to the Ukraine and it’s a little confusing as to understand why.
“I have told everyone that England will be my first choice,” he said in early June.
In terms of profile and reputation, a move to Arsenal or Spurs would have been ideal considering the calibre of both of those clubs.
The only reason he may have snubbed any possible move to either could be the fact that he was never going to be guaranteed a starting place at either.
Arsenal have a superb mix of quality central midfield and attacking midfield themed players while Tottenham Hotspur also have plenty of players in all of those positions.
It’s also confusing from a European point of view because the Gunners could have offered him the chance to play in the Champions League.
Perhaps the most aggrieved club will be Aston Villa because Belhanda admitted that the Midlands club was a side that seriously interested him.
“Aston Villa is a great club with a big history playing in the best league in the world, so let's see what will happen,” he added.
They would have also offered him the superb opportunity to gel in with the current crop of predominantly younger players in the squad.
If Belhanda was looking for a big, well established club and a chance to grow into a high profile and important Premier League star then Aston Villa would have been the perfect opportunity.
Any of the three clubs would have offered him the chance to work alongside experienced managers and coaches who could have ultimately turned him into an even better player than he is right now.
The only reason he could have gone to Kiev is that he has a relatively assured first team place in a side playing in Europe and he’s getting a very good financial package in the process.
Whatever his motives, they are difficult to understand and it’s definitely a shame that English fans won’t be watching a very talented Moroccan live next season. However, Arsenal, Spurs and Villa will all now move on quickly.
Are you surprised by Belhanda’s choice? Why do you think he snubbed a Premier League move?
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