Kostas Manolas won't force through Olympiakos exit


Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas is not keen on leaving the Greek champions this summer amid reported interest from Arsenal and Juventus.

The 23-year-old, who impressed in the World Cup for Greece, has been linked with a move to Arsenal as cover for first choice pairing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Sources close to the player have told Gooner Talk that the former AEK Athens stopper is ‘looking forward’ to playing alongside new team-mate Eric Abidal next season and won’t put pressure on Olympiakos to sell him this summer.

Manolas believes he can learn greatly from Abidal’s defensive experience and would be better suited to a summer move next year when he has further ‘matured’ as a player.

Naxos-born Manolas was one of his team’s star performers in Brazil as Greece reached the last-16, where they were knocked out on penalties by Joel Campbell’s Costa Rica side.

Since joining Olympiakos in 2012 he has won the Greek title in both his seasons in Piraeus and scored five goals in all competitions last season.

His current contract doesn’t run out until 2016, so any interested club would have to match Olympiakos’ £8million valuation in order to acquire the talented defender this summer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have identified Sporting Lisbon starlet William Carvalho as his number one target before the transfer window closes.

Carvalho, a defensive midfielder who can also play at centre back, would be an ideal for signing for Arsenal with Wenger confirming last weekend that he’s in the market for a player who can ‘play in two or three different positions’.

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7 years ago

manolas is a fantastic player wenger should sign him….a good choice is javi martinez too….agree?

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