Chopra proud of Asian roots
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Newcastle United star, on loan to FA Cup semi-finalists Watford, will make history as the first player with Asian roots to appear in the semi-finals of the famous competition when he lines up for The Hornets against Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
The 19-year-old is the son of an Indian father and an English mother but the starlet says his background is of no significance to him.
"My family's background has never been a big issue in my life," said Chopra.
"It is only recently that people have started to refer to it.
"I have two fantastic parents who have been my biggest supporters and that's all that matters.
"I am just a normal Geordie lad who has been lucky enough to follow his dream.
"The fact that I have become the first player with an Asian background to make a breakthrough in English football is bound to attract attention and I am flattered by it - especially if it means something to the Asian community and encourages more kids to make it in the professional game.
"All I ever wanted to do as a kid was play for [Newcastle] United.
"My Dad used to take me every week and even now when I watch the first-team games I cannot wait to get out there and play in front of those incredible supporters.
"Although I am at Watford now, I still see myself as a Newcastle player.
"But I will do everything I can to help Watford get to the final."