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Schalke accuse AC Milan of illegal approach for Kyriakos Papadopoulos
- Updated: July 19, 2012
Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has accused AC Milan of holding illegal talks with its Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
The former Olympiacos central defender has enjoyed two fine seasons with the Bundesliga club and had an excellent Euro 2012 as his country qualified for the quarter-finals.
He has been linked with a move to Milan and reports have intensified following the departure of the Italian side’s first-choice centre-back Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.
Heldt has now accused Milan of making an illegal approach for the 20 year-old but insists Papadopoulos wants to stay at Schalke.
“We will see Milan next week for the friendly match at the Veltins Arena so then I will tell the representatives of the club that it would be nice if they would warn us next time before they come to hold talks with the player,” Heldt said.
“I can confirm that AC Milan held discussions with Papadopoulos’ advisors.
“Interest is there on the part of Milan – but there is no interest on the part of the player. Papa wants to stay here.”