Transfer news: Younes Belhanda still holding Premier League hope
Younes Belhanda missed out on a move to England last summer, but admits he is still hoping to grace the Premier League.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 07/11/13 12:07pm
The Morocco international left Montpellier in July after four years with the Ligue 1 outfit.
Clubs across Europe were reported to be chasing his signature, but it was Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev who put a suitable package in place.
Belhanda has no regrets at having headed for Eastern Europe and claims to be settling well.
He is, however, happy to reveal that his ambition to turn out in the English top flight burns as bright as ever.
The 23-year-old playmaker told L'Equipe: "Am I still dreaming of playing in England? Of course.
"Maybe I didn't do what I should last season to attract an English club, so I have to play well in the Ukraine to achieve my goal.
"Meanwhile, my objective is to become Ukrainian champion and secure qualification for the Champions League."
On the start he has made to life in Kiev, Belhanda added: "I am having fun. At the start it was difficult. Dynamo hired a lot of foreign players in the summer and it didn't work to start with.
"I know a lot of people said I would get lost in Ukrainian football, but they forget that Dynamo are a great club and the Ukraine is a big footballing nation.
"I can understand why some people were surprised, but I didn't hesitate because I didn't have offers from any other big clubs and you can't refuse one from Dynamo."