Papadopoulos rejects Zenit

Greece international declares his love for the Bundesliga club

By Thomas Zocher.   Last Updated: 31/08/12 1:34pm

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Kyriakos Papadopolous: Schalke defender has confirmed he has rejected a move to Zenit St Petersburg

Kyriakos Papadopolous: Schalke defender has confirmed he has rejected a move to Zenit St Petersburg

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Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos has confirmed he rejected a £16million move to Zenit St Petersburg.

The 20-year-old is highly rated by coach Huub Stevens but the wealthy Russians sought to test the resolve of the Bundesliga club.

An initial bid of £10.25m was tabled which was rebuffed before they returned with an improved offer of £16m.

And despite admitting that he did give the move some thought, Papadopoulos has opted to remain in Germany.

"As you can imagine, I had to give the move some thought," he told his official website.

"The offer from Zenit St Petersburg was very lucrative but the fact that I am staying at Schalke says a lot.

"I am going to remain a Schalke player because I enjoy playing for the club."

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