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Alex a bargain for PSG

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Alex celebrates scoring for PSG against Montpellier

Things are getting very exciting in the French league, where Montpellier and Paris-SG are battling at the top.

PSG's acquisition of Alex from Chelsea looks like a bargain to me.

It was strange to see him disappear from the first team at Chelsea because he was really important in his first year there because of his physical presence, his playing ability and his remarkable free-kick taking.

I think he had a spell out injured, then they bought David Luiz who got paired with John Terry.

His only problem is a lack of quickness, which is the same for us with Per Mertesacker.

But when players read the game well it is not a handicap because they can anticipate.

Ninety per cent of the time they are playing facing the opposite goal, so they are not compromised. In any case, if you have quick team-mates around you they can help out.

Montpellier's star man this season has been Younes Belhanda. We know him well, and we are still curious to see how he copes in a big game with a lot of pressure, to see how he expresses his talent.

He can really shake up a game with his passing and dribbling - he can exert real technical authority.

He can reach a really high level. He had a disappointing African Cup of Nations but I think Morocco did not have enough time to prepare.

Moreover he played on the right, which is not the best place for him to showcase his abilities.

We like him a lot at Arsenal, but I don't want to create problems. Montpellier will be the only ones who decide when he leaves.

If they are prepared to let him go, we might be interested, but for now we respect the great job done by Montpellier.

We congratulate manager Rene Girard who is doing fantastic work - not only getting great results, but doing so with some top-quality football.

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