Month: December 2019

Man United offered Navas as Real Madrid continue De Gea pursuit

first_img Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas with Man United’s David de Gea 1 Real Madrid are willing to include Keylor Navas as part of the deal to lure David de Gea away from Manchester United.The Red Devils will not budge from their £28million asking price and Real are now exploring alternative ways of making the deal happen.And now, according to Marca, Real’s hierarchy have agreed that Navas can be spared as they look to end one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer.United were interested in taking the Costa Rican stopper 12 months ago but are now unlikely to be swayed by Real’s offer given the form of their current man in between the sticks, Sergio Romero. Louis van Gaal has decided to leave De Gea out his squad for the third game running as he prepares his side for their Champions League play-off first leg against Club Brugge on Tuesday night.last_img read more

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Benzema insists there was ‘nothing’ in talk of Madrid to Arsenal move

first_img Karim Benzema Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema says he never considered leaving the club for Arsenal.The Gunners were in pursuit of the Frenchman all summer and were linked with a £45m bid to secure his services.But the 27-year-old has now rubbished talk of him leaving and instead insisted that he is happy in the Spanish capital.“There was nothing in the talk of a transfer away from Madrid,” the 27-year-old told Telefoot.“I’m happy at my current club, it’s the best in the world. I’ll continue to work here and be happy where I am.” 1last_img read more

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti confirms he wants Premier League return

first_imgFormer Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he wants his next job to be in the Premier League.The Italian, who left Real Madrid in the summer, was considered by Liverpool to replace Brendan Rodgers before they opted for Jurgen Klopp.Ancelotti already has one Premier League title to his name with Chelsea but his time at Stamford Bridge was brought to a premature end when he was sacked by Roman Abramovich in 2011.Now 56-year-old, who is looking to return to the game in 2016 after an extended break, is targeting another shot at winning the title in England.“I am ready to get the engine back up and running in January,” Ancelotti told Corriere dello Sport.“I’d like to go back to the Premier League. It is the ideal environment not for football, but for the ‘game’ around football.“You can work with the right amount of pressure, the necessary detachment and calm. Before I quit, I’d like to have another experience in England.” 1 Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

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Patrick Vieira backed to shine as a manager…but not at Arsenal

first_img1 Patrick Vieira Patrick Vieira has been tipped to be a top boss if he decides to start his managerial career with New York City.The former Arsenal and France midfielder has been strongly linked with taking over in America at Manchester City’s sister club.Vieira is currently head of City’s Elite Development Squad and has shown an ambition to manage at the highest level.New York boss Jason Kreis is under pressure after losing 16 of his 33 MLS matches.And Vieira has the full support of his most influential manager, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger.His fellow French countryman said: “He has the qualities to be a manager. I have spoken to him about it a few times.“At 39 he is old enough to start, but he has to decide whether he wants to coach at the youth levels or come up to join us in hell!”last_img read more

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The reason Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is destined to be the next England manager

first_img 5 1. 2005 League Cup third round v Charlton (lost 5-4 on penalties) – In Mourinho’s first season in charge, Robert Huth was the guilty party as their London rivals prevailed. 3. 2007 Community Shield v Manchester United (lost 3-0 on penalties) – Possibly the most low key failure in the traditional curtain raiser, but the Blues were still unsuccessful with all their attempts including Claudio Pizzaro’s effort (pictured). 5. 2015 League Cup fourth round v Stoke (lost 5-4 on penalties) – Mourinho’s latest defeat may have come in the ‘Micky Mouse’ cup, but could it be the most damaging? Eden Hazard, perhaps typical of his recent form, was denied by Jack Butland to dump the holders out. 5 5 5 5 4. 2013 European Super Cup v Bayern Munich (lost 5-4 on penalties) – After winning the Europa League in May 2013, the Blues took European champions Bayern all the way to spotkicks in the Super Cup. Romelu Lukaku missed the decisive penalty with what proved to be his last touch in Chelsea colours. 2. 2007 Champions League semi-final v Liverpool (lost 4-1 on penalties) – The Blues’ rivalry against Liverpool hinged on their European showdowns, and this was their second agonising exit at Anfield in the space of three seasons. Geremi, who was bought on specifically to take a penalty, and Arjen Robben missed for Mourinho’s men. Jose Mourinho’s struggles might well be the flavour of the month, but Tuesday night’s penalty shootout defeat at Stoke City in the League Cup continued a remarkable trend in the Portuguese manager’s career.The cup holders’ early exit, after Eden Hazard’s decisive penalty was tipped over by Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland, means that Mourinho has now lost on all five occasions with the Blues when cup ties have gone the distance.For such a prestigious manager across European football that record may come as a surprise, especially given his success in cup competitions.In fact, the 52-year-old’s only shootout success in seven attempts came in the Suppercopa final (Italy’s version of the Community Sheild) with Inter Milan in 2008.He also oversaw an agonizing Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich while at Real Madrid in the 2012 semi-final, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those who missed from 12 yards.After his latest failure, talkSPORT has taken a look at his previous shootout defeats across his two spells at Stamford Bridge – click the yellow arrow above, right, to view them…last_img read more

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Man United’s £36m signing has achieved a first since 2008 for the Red Devils

first_imgManchester United striker Anthony Martial has been awarded the 2015 European Golden Boy award, given to the player reputed to be the continent’s finest young footballer.Italian newspaper Tuttosport give the prize to the player considered the most promising under 21 star, based on a poll of journalists from around Europe.Martial signed for United in the summer from Monaco for an initial fee of £36m, which could rise by another £20m depending on the French youngster’s development.Since arriving at Old Trafford, Martial has six goals in 19 games for the Red Devils.He follows in the footsteps of last year’s Golden Boy recipient, Raheem Sterling, and is the first United player to collect the trophy since Anderson in 2008. Anthony Martial 2center_img 2last_img read more

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Agbonlahor’s Aston Villa future under threat as Garde hints at post-Christmas clear out

first_img1 Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is ready for a post-Christmas clear out as he looks to steer the club safe from the drop.The boss is keen to overhaul his struggling squad after admitting it is not healthy to have players out of the picture at Bodymoor Heath.Long-serving Gabby Agbonlahor could leave while Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos are also likely to go.Agbonlahor, who made his Villa debut in 2006, has played just one minute under Garde and has not scored since March.Leicester’s Gokhan Inler and Bordeaux winger Wahbi Khazri interest Garde but he is also prepared to let players leave.Ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Ham he said: “There are some players who are here who haven’t been playing for a long time and I think it’s not very healthy for the group or for themselves.“As a player you want to play and I can understand they are frustrated and they are not happy about their situation. We will have to find a solution.“I can’t tell you how many players but there are a few.” Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor last_img read more

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Crystal Palace and Swansea City set for summer transfer fight over Italy hitman

first_imgCrystal Palace and Swansea City are keeping tabs on Anderlecht striker Stefano Okaka, according to reports in Belgium.The Italian frontman, who joined Anderlecht from Sampdoria last summer, has netted 12 goals in his first season in the Belgian Pro-League.According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Palace and Swansea are now keen on bringing the former Fulham man to the Premier League in the close season.Okaka’s contract with Anderlecht runs until 2019 but with the influx of TV money heading to Premier League clubs next season, the Belgian giants could be tempted to cash in on the 26-year-old.Both clubs have scouted Okaka – capped three times by Italy – in recent weeks and contact with the player’s agent is expected to be made before the end of the season. 1 Stefano Okaka last_img read more

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Unused portable classrooms to shelter homeless

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Last year, a record 199 sought shelter, yet the community has resisted building a permanent homeless facility. In fact, the seasonal shelter has moved over the years. Under a plan approved by both the city and the county, the shelter will open this year behind temporary Fire Station 104 in the city’s Golden Valley area. After three years it will shift to the Saugus industrial area, and then after three more years move to the outlying grounds of the county’s Pitchess Detention Center. Davis said an Eagle Scout candidate is hoping to oversee some renovations on the modular buildings for a Scout project. The purchases will save shelter organizers from leasing costly modulars each year and renovating them for the intended use, said Mike Arnold, chief operations officer for the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority, which will turn the buildings over to the local group. SANTA CLARITA – Classrooms will become bedrooms for the Santa Clarita Valley’s homeless under a deal approved Tuesday by the county to buy up to four modular buildings for the community’s winter shelter. The county Board of Supervisors, acting as the Community Development Commission, unanimously approved the $20,000 purchase of surplus modulars from the Hart Union High School District to house the homeless. “It’s a great step in the right direction,” said Tim Davis, executive director of the nonprofit Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., which has tried for more than a decade to open a permanent shelter. The SCCDC, with help from the city, county and a large group of volunteers, runs the homeless shelter from Dec. 1 to March 15 each year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Transgender student elected king

first_imgVideo: King for a day PASADENA – For Andrew Gomez, the month of November was one of firsts. First, he broke the news to his mother that he was transitioning from a female to a male. Then the 24-year-old transgender student was elected Homecoming King at Pasadena City College. Neither event came easily, but the second milestone nearly did not happen. PCC’s homecoming committee initially ruled Gomez ineligible because of his pierced ear. But Gomez is still in a transitional period. He hopes to have surgery, but acknowledges it will not happen for some time. There are still specialists to see, male hormones to be prescribed and a myriad of other changes before Gomez’s transformation can be complete. For now, he has taken simpler steps. Gomez binds himself, although “it is unnecessary, since I am nearly flat-chested,” he said. “He is a low-key person,” said Sue Talbot, advisor to the United Rainbow Alliance, a PCC support and advocacy group for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Of the latter group, Brian Kraemer, who heads Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a support group not affiliated with PCC, said he has seen more transgender individuals and their families attending the group’s meetings. Gomez, a creative-writing major, said getting his family to accept his decision has been difficult. Last summer, he posted a message on his Facebook page declaring his intention to become a man. Yet it was only earlier this month that he actually revealed it to his mother. To his surprise, she had already suspected; she was mostly angry with him for not telling her earlier. She continues to struggle with Gomez’s decision. “I was prepared to pack my bags, because I wasn’t going to stay there if she wasn’t going to support me,” Gomez said. “It is going to take a long time for her to use the male pronoun.” Although he originally enrolled at PCC under his birth name, this semester Gomez began asking professors and fellow students to call him by Andrew. The fact that most people now do so makes him grateful, Gomez said. After he posted the message on his Facebook page, several friends messaged back within minutes with words of support. “It was just amazing,” said Gomez.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But after students complained, lodging charges of discrimination, the committee relented and reversed its decision. Gomez said his election earlier this month as Homecoming King surprised him, even though he initially ran hoping to become a source of inspiration for other gay, lesbian and transgender students. “I wanted them to feel like they could do something like this, instead of having them feel, `I am not straight so I can’t do this,”‘ Gomez said. As child, Gomez was a tomboy, he said, always piling his long hair into a baseball cap. “My mom would get really mad when I did that,” he said. Two years ago, he cut his hair short. last_img
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