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Belhanda offers Montpellier assurances

SoccerNews in Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League 6 Jul 2012

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Younes Belhanda says he will stay at Montpellier for at least one more year, despite speculation linking him with a move away.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was part of the Montpellier team which surprisingly won Ligue 1 last term, and has since been linked with switch to some of Europe’s heavyweight clubs.

Montpellier’s other star player in their championship-winning season, Olivier Giroud, has already completed his switch to Arsenal, but Belhanda claims he will still be at the club in 2012/13.

“I want to share with you my decision to continue my adventure at Montpellier this season,” he told fans on his official Facebook page.

“As I’ve already said, I really want to play in the Champions League with the club that gave me my first chance and I am very happy to wear the jersey this season!”

The Morocco international said he will not be taking part in the London Olympic Games as he looks to build up fitness and recover from injury.

“After talking with the Moroccan Federation and the coach, I am announcing my withdrawal from the Olympics,” he said.

“As you know, I was injured in the game against Gambia. The injury has not healed yet, and I have not completed my rehabilitation.

“Our country deserves players at 100 per cent, and that’s the only reason I will not be in London this summer.”

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