United interest flatters Japanese hot-shot

Japanese talent Takayuki Morimoto says he is flattered by reported interest in him from Premier League leaders Manchester United.

The 20-year-old striker, who holds the record for being the youngest player to both make his debut and score in the J League, has been impressing in Serie A with Catania since recovering from a serious knee injury, hitting six goals in all competitions to help the Rossazzurri steer clear of the relegation zone.

And the forward, whose style of play is said to mimic that of Brazil legend Ronaldo, is now being linked with a move to one of several English clubs, including Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United.

However, Morimoto insists he is focussed solely on playing well for Catania.

“Knowing that an important club like Manchester United is observing you always pleases you. We are talking about one of the best teams in the world,” he told Studio Sport.

“The only thing that I care about is Catania's survival, and I don't want to leave. I want to stay as close as possible to the squad and give my contribution.

"I don't think about the transfer market, and I thank them for saying that I'm not for sale for any price. My desire is to stay here for a long time."

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