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Midfielder interested in Newcastle move – but prefers Arsenal

FORMER TEAM-MATE ... Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played with Younes Belhanda at Montpellier.

FORMER TEAM-MATE ... Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played with Younes Belhanda at Montpellier.

MOROCCAN midfielder Younes Belhanda has confirmed his interest in a move to Newcastle United – although Arsenal is his first-choice destination.

The French-born 24-year-old joined Dynamo Kiev from Montpellier last summer, but has already set his sights on a move to the Premier League.

Newcastle, Arsenal and Aston Villa have been linked with Belhanda in the past, and a switch to England appeals to the player.

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

“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.”

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