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Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev sign star Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda – Chicago Tribune

Morocco's 23-year-old star midfielder Younes Belhanda played a key role helping Montpellier clinched their first French league title in 2012, scoring 12 goals in 28 matches and being named best young player in Ligue 1 at the end of the season.  Yahoo/Eurosport

Morocco’s 23-year-old star midfielder Younes Belhanda played key role in Montpellier clinching first French title in 2012, scoring 12 goals in 28 matches & named best young player of season in Ligue 1. Yahoo/Eurosport

 

Chicago Tribune/Reuters (Paris, France, June 30, 2013) — Dynamo Kiev signed Morocco midfielder Younes Belhanda from French side Montpellier for an undisclosed fee on Sunday, the Ukrainian club said.

“Welcome to Kiev, Younes,” Dynamo wrote in French on their website (www.fcdynamo.kiev.ua) to greet the player who was presented during a pre-season match against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg along with other new signings Jeremain Lens and Dieumerci Mbokani.

The 23-year-old played a key role when Montpellier clinched their first French league title in 2012, scoring 12 goals and setting up four others in 28 matches. He was named Ligue 1 best young player at the end of that season.

Belhanda, who has 21 Morocco caps and can play in all midfield positions, has played 127 league games and found the net 26 times in four seasons with Montpellier.

(Writing by Gregory Blachier in Paris; Editing by Sonia Oxley)

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