Montpellier desperate to keep star amidst Arsenal link

Arsenal transfer target Younes Belhanda is being offered a vastly improved contract by Montpellier in a desperate attempt to hold on to the highly rated young star.

The Moroccan international rediscovered himself last season under manager Remi Girard after the Montpellier boss opted to move him into the playmaker position just behind the striker. Belhanda thrived in this new found role and was a key figure in Montpellier’s maiden Ligue 1 winning campaign.

The 22 year old has attracted intense interest from Arsenal and French club are determined to hold on to their stars for the next season. The player’s current contract runs till the end of 2014 and Montpellier Chairman Laurent Nicollin is readying a much improved contract for the highly talented player. Arsene Wenger is trying to reunite Belhanda with Olivier Giroud at the Emirates and bank on their link up play after club captain Robin Van Persie chose not to renew his contract.

Belhana currently has a £15k a week contract but his salary will be tripled in the new offer.

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