Friday, August 02, 2013

Schalke Deny Liverpool Bid For Papadopoulos

Schalke has denied reports that Liverpool have made a bid for Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos but are willing to listen to offers if and when they are made.

Papadopoulos has been touted to join Liverpool despite major injury problems last season that could become a long-term issue for Liverpool should he join.

It has been widely reported that Liverpool have made a move for the defender but Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt has denied such claims, Sky Sports report.

Brendan Rodgers seems set on bringing Papadopoulos to Anfield to tighten up a defence that lost experienced Jamie Carragher to retirement at the end of last season.

However, Heldt has rubbished such reports stating there have been no offers whatsoever for him.

"There is no truth in those rumours," Heldt told Reviersport.

"There is no offer put up for the services of Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Not from Liverpool FC or any other club.

"In case we receive a written transfer offer for his services we would sit down and discuss that with him."

Papadopoulos has had a strong career at Schalke but is looking to break into the Premier League, something only possible if he manages to avoid lengthy periods out through injury.

Heldt insisted that Papadopoulos was recovering well from a knee injury that has kept him out since November.

"Papa is making good progress after his knee injuries and we hope to see him back fit soon. He is fully inside our future plans,” Heldt added.

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