Honda 'flattered' by United interest


Japanese starlet Keisuke Honda says he was flattered by Manchester United's reported interest prior to the collapse of his move to Lazio.

The 25-year-old looked set to complete a move to the Serie 'A' side on deadline day of the January transfer window.

However, despite constant talks concerning the move, Honda failed to beat the deadline, to his frustration

"I waited for a bigger club in the last transfer window and I was hoping for a transfer to Lazio," he said.

"Now my focus however, is back on CSKA, but at the end of the next year my contract ends.

"I feel honoured to have my name associated with great clubs like Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain," he added.

"My goals have not changed and they will not do so."

CSKA director general Roman Babaev said: "Lazio did not have a suitable approach in terms of money and in the way they approached us.

"They failed to negotiate seriously in terms of the player's value. They were disrespectful to him and us.

"Honda had hoped to leave, this was very bad, but he is a true professional. He just needs to forget these negotiations."

Honda caught the eye at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, scoring twice as Japan reached the Second Round.

Links with the likes of Liverpool and United have been frequent, and both clubs might go in for the star come the summer.

Both clubs kept quiet in the January transfer window, with The Reds only adding names to their impressive youth squad, as Jordon Ibe, Danny Ward and Joao Carlos Teixeira moved to Anfield.

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