Greek starlet keen on United
Papadopoulos would have no qualms in leaving homeland
By Fotis Voinikas. Last Updated: October 29, 2008 9:13am
Papadopoulos: Proud of interest
Greek starlet Kyriakos Papadopoulos admits he would be 'proud' to play for Manchester United, but is trying not to be distracted by transfer speculation.
Reports have claimed that United are lining up a bid to sign the 16-year-old, who currently plays for Olympiakos, in the January transfer window.
The highly-rated centre-half is unaware of any interest from United, but would be honoured to join the Premier League and European champions.
"It's an honour for me to hear that Manchester United show interest," Papadopoulos told the Greek media.
"Personally, I don't know anything official yet. I just hear the rumours. I am an Olympiakos player and I am focused on Olympiakos right now.
"I will keep working and, if anything is going to happen in the future, I will be very proud if it's going to be for Manchester United."
The 16-year-old also insists he is not overawed by the interest and says he would have no problems in leaving his homeland at such a young age.
He added: "The fact that many European clubs have watched me in the last months doesn't make me nervous. It's a pleasure.
"Is it going to be hard to leave Greece at the age of 16? Not at all.
"If a player really wants to play football out of his country, and the situation at his new club is good, I don't see a reason not to try."
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