Berbatov thinks ‘desperate’ Guardiola will struggle to win Champions League

first_imgDIMITAR BERBATOV reckons “desperate” Pep Guardiola will struggle to win the Champions League this season.Manchester City ended their Champions League group stage campaign by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 this week and are the current favourites to win the competition.2 Dimitar Berbatov says Man City are not playing well enough to win the Champions LeagueCredit: ReutersManchester United legend Berbatov has given his thoughts to betfair.com, saying: “Manchester City are the favourites to win the Champions League but they wouldn’t be my bet to lift the trophy next May.”City ended their Group stage campaign by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 this week, but we shouldn’t read too much into City’s results so far, as they haven’t played any opponents that are at their level.”Pep Guardiola is desperate to win the Champions League with City but other teams are playing better football.”Defending champions Liverpool have had a good run so far in the Premier League, as they sit eight points clear of nearest challengers Leicester City.The Reds have also won 15 of their last 16 games, and drawn the other.The Bulgarian also added that Jose Mourinho’s Spurs will be a danger in the competition.Berbatov added: “Liverpool haven’t been at their best in the Champions League this term but they’re performing brilliantly in the Premier League and, as the holders, know how to pace themselves for the knockout rounds.”Barcelona and Juventus are also strong contenders and you shouldn’t write off Spurs.”They have no reason to be fearful about who they get in Monday’s knockout stage draw.”In Jose Mourinho, Spurs have a coach who’s won trophies throughout his career, including the Champions League with Porto and Inter – two teams that few people would have fancied.”So it doesn’t matter who Spurs face. They have great quality and after reaching the final last year, should feel confident.”2 Tottenham finished second in Group B of the Champions League under newly appointed manager Jose Mourinho.Credit: PA:Press AssociationBerbatov went on to praise Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils for their recent win over rivals City, further highlighting the fact that the Premier League title is well and truly out of Guardiola’s reach.He added: “I was very happy after the Manchester derby because United fully deserved their victory over City.”United’s concentration levels and aggression in the tackle were fantastic and they played some superb combination football.”It’s great to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youngsters playing with confidence from defence to attack.”I can tell they like their manager and want to win for him.”On Thursday, Mason Greenwood showed in the 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar that he’s a natural born goalscorer with a striker’s instinct. “Solskjaer should be praised for giving him the chance to shine.”The two massive victories against City and Spurs should buy Solskjaer time to work in peace and concentrate on developing his team.”Of course, as soon as United lose the press will be saying he’s under pressure again so United mustn’t let their performance level drop when they host Everton on Sunday.”Pep Guardiola denies having secret clause in contract that lets him leave and insists he won’t quit Man City this summerlast_img read more

No stopping Radical in Race 5

first_imgUpsets by CREEDENCE at 23-1 in the closing race, WINTER IS COMING at 22-1, and CHIEF PROSPECT at 12-1 ensured that the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. It offers in excess of $1 million tomorrow, while both Super-6s will start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.The Pick 9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 5-y-o and up maiden claiming race over 1100 metres to be contested by eight starters. They include the likely favourite DEPUTY HEADGIRL, BRAVE HEART, CONNOR, and RAWALPINDI EXPRESS, who ran an improved race, for third behind CONCLUSION last Saturday and seems to be coming on now.DEPUTY HEADGIRL from the in-form stables of Steven Todd has the best form to recommend, having finished second to BLOEFOUNTAIN over the straight on January 14. Prior to that, on December 3, she was 1 3/4 lengths second to THEGREATALLIANCE over this trip, and with the competition this weak, gets a glorious opportunity to finally open her account. Jemar Jackson, who won aboard THE SALESMAN on Wednesday, has the ride.HAT-TRICK SEEKERSNext on the programme is a $450,00-$400,000 claiming race over 1100 metres, which brings together hat-trick seekers ZACKONTHEATTACK and FRANKENSTORM in a field of seven.These two, along with the proven campaigner HOLOGRAM SHADOW, now dropped in class, should ensue a close contest. If HOLOGRAM SHADOW is anywhere near his best, he can definitely take the honours with in-form Richard “Bya” Mitchell securing the ride. But I have my concerns re his current form, and preference is for the Gary Subratie-trained ZACKONTHEATTACK, who is coming off back-to-back wins against some good horses over middle distances last December and he is still at home over the shorter distance.LOST BY A NOSEThe third race over 1400 metres for native-bred maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for RADICAL, who lost out by a nose to DONTAE over a mile on January 25. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will present RADICAL even sharper for this race, and with champion jockey Omar Walker prevailing with the ride, the son of Fearless Vision gets the nod over PROUD OF NUCLEAR and SUBBIE in a field of nine.The fourth race over 1400 metres for five-year-olds and up should see old rivals INDY ARAZI and PARTY CITY, second and third respectively, to CRUCIAL VALOR over 1500 metres on January 21, fighting out the finish.INDY ARAZI failed by a length to catch the winner that day, but PARTY CITY has been so consistent of late that he could well turn the tables. GIRSHOM, though inconsistent, along with LITTLE PRINCE, will not be far away in the 10-horse field.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by DONTAE (Nelson up) and the well-forward 3-y-o debutante LIGHTNING LILY (working very well) for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny. Their respective dangers are NIGHT LIGHT and LOOSE CANNON.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) DEPUTY HEADGIRL/BRAVE HEART(2) ZACKONTHEATTACK/HOLOGRAM SHADOW(3) RADICAL(4) PARTY CITY/INDY ARAZI(5) DONTAE/NIGHT LIGHT(6) LIGHTNING LILY/LOOSE CANNONlast_img read more

In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

first_imgNorth Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, center, practice next to South Korea’s Kim Kyu-eun, front right, and Alex Kam during a pairs figure skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)GANGNEUNG, South Korea—A lot can be contained in a single selfie. The possibilities for peace between two entire nations, even.A selfie taken by smiling North and South Korean skaters and posted on Instagram illustrates yet another moment of reconciliation between the rivals, whose decades-long animosities could easily erupt again after the Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track That was certainly at play Monday when four North and South Korean hockey players who didn’t take part in the session took a selfie and laughed together. Also grabbing attention: earlier photos of birthday parties thrown for two North Korean players, and a dictionary aimed at overcoming a linguistic divide.“Hockey really does bring people together,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray. “On our team, they are just players. You know … there is no North Korean or South Korean. They are all wearing the same jersey. We are all on the same team.”On Thursday, in another unusual spectacle, North Korea’s national anthem was played and its flag was hoisted alongside an Olympic flag during a boisterous welcoming ceremony for athletes from the North. South Korea has strict security laws that normally ban the playing of the North’s anthem and the raising of its flag .A group of South Korean B-boys, or break dancers, twisted their bodies and flipped relentlessly after walking into the center of a group of North Korean athletes. A North Korean band played the Korean folk tune “Arirang.” North Korean athletes hummed to themselves before starting to dance. South Korean dancers joined them, triggering a barrage of camera flashes.“I feel so good,” North Korean figure skating coach Kim Hyon Son said after the ceremony. “I want to see both North and South Korean people being pleased.”The feel-good sparks will peak during the opening ceremony on Friday, when athletes of the Koreas will march together under a single “unification flag” to the tune of “Arirang” instead of their respective anthems. It will be the first such joint march since 2007.It’s unclear what other Olympic moments involving the two countries could make news, particularly because the hockey team isn’t expected to win a medal.“Quite strangely, no medal, no issue,” said Jung Moon-hyun, a sports science professor at Chungnam National University in South Korea. “Whether North Korea does some action that pours cold water on the Olympic (reconciliation mood) is something to think about.”But Jung said even one win by the team will be “very meaningful” news. On Feb. 14, the Korean team faces Japan, which colonized Korea for more than three decades before it split into North and South shortly after World War II.When the Games end, North and South Korean players will be separated, probably for good. Their governments ban ordinary citizens from exchanging phone calls, letters and emails, so they won’t communicate unless they encounter each other in international competitions. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreakcenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ For now, though, things like congenial selfies will have to be enough. The South Korean media certainly liked the latest one showing Kam and Kim flashing smiles and making peace signs. It was reproduced all over the country.The Seoul-based Kookmin Ilbo newspaper even gave it a memorable moniker, a sign of hope after generations of Korean division: “The icon of new peace.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The South Korean pair of Kam Alex Kang Chan and Kim Kyu-eun shared the same ice with North Korea’s Kim Ju Sik and Ryom Tae Ok for the first time. Before training earlier this week, Kam and Kim used the same locker room and put on skates early so they had spare time together.Then Kam, 22, proposed taking a selfie together. He called the 25-year-old Kim “hyeong,” a Korean term used to refer to an elder brother or friend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I said something like ‘Hey, Ju Sik hyeong, let’s take a photo together!’” Kam said after training Tuesday. “I posted that photo for fun … and to mark the Olympics.”The photo recalls a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics—something that IOC President Thomas Bach described as a “great gesture.” Similar amicable interactions are visible among the North and South Korean female hockey players, who have formed the rivals’ first joint Olympic team.The team of 12 North Koreans and 23 South Koreans was composed last month as the Koreas agreed upon a package of reconciliation steps following a year of heightened nuclear tensions that triggered fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.Many experts have raised worries about teamwork, and a survey showed a majority of South Korean opposed the joint team. Why? They thought it would deprive South Korean athletes of playing time.At the height of their Cold War rivalry, sports were often an alternate battlefield between the Koreas. North Korean medalists often ignored South Korean competitors who extended their hands for handshakes at podiums. North Korea also boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.Since the Cold War, though, the countries have sometimes used sports as a way to thaw relations.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Vucevic scores 36, Magic end Lakers’ 4-game win streak

first_imgJames was on the bench the entire fourth quarter as the Lakers went to a small lineup to trim a 21-point deficit to just 10 with more than four minutes to play. Vucevic snuffed out the rally right there, getting a three-point play against Michael Beasley and following that with five more points to push the advantage back to 13 with just over two minutes to go.“We have other guys who could do that, but it is a responsibility I take on myself to finish out games, especially when I have it going,” Vucevic said. “I had a good matchup and I wanted to keep it going, that’s all.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVucevic hit 15 of 23 shots, including 10 of 14 in the second half. He got help from D.J. Augustin, who had 22 points and seven assists, and Evan Fournier, who scored 15. Terrence Ross had 13 points and Aaron Gordon and Jonathon Simmons scored 12 each for the Magic.“When teams downsize, they’re not going to be able to guard (Vucevic) 1-on-1,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “He’s either going to be able to get good shots like he did tonight, or we’re going to be able to play out of double-team, where he is a great passer.” LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Doncic leads Mavericks over shorthanded Warriors Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Magic: Host the New York Knicks on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ The two went unimpeded to the rim, feeding Vucevic, who had 16 points in the quarter, or getting easy layups for themselves. Ten of the next 11 Magic baskets were layups, and Orlando led 100-81 by the end of the third.TIP-INSLakers: Lonzo Ball is shooting 51.3 percent (19 of 37) from 3-point range, but just 17.8 percent (five of 28) in road games. … Three Lakers reserves reached double figures, led by Stephenson’s 19 points. Josh Hart had 13 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10.Magic: Jonathon Isaac had four blocks in the first half, including two against James. He finished with five blocks and seven points. … The Magic and Lakers have split the season series seven years in a row. This was their first meeting this season.RONDO OUTRajon Rondo will miss four to five weeks after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Rondo started only two games this season and was averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 assists while playing 25 minutes a game. “Obviously he is missed,” Walton said. “You can feel it around the locker room, but our group has been good.”CARMELO A LAKER?James was asked about the possibility of Carmelo Anthony joining the Lakers roster and said: “I have no idea, to be honest. That’s not a question to ask me. We don’t even have a roster spot open right now, so that is not a question for me.”UP NEXTLakers: At Miami on Sunday night. The Lakers got 22 points from James, 19 from Lance Stephenson and 17 from Brandon Ingram, but were down 15 early in the second half and never got closer than 10 in the fourth quarter.“I give credit to that group that was out there,” James said. “They continued to fight.”“I always appreciate guys not giving up,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “If you’re up or down 20, a NBA game is never over. We gave ourselves a chance and unfortunately they hit some shots that took the lead back up.”James averaged 29.8 points on 55.1 percent shooting during the win streak, but wasn’t much of a factor against the Magic.Orlando opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers from Augustin and Fournier and a dunk from Vucevic that pushed the lead to 70-55. The Lakers finally extended their defense, opening easy lanes to the basket, and Augustin and Fournier took advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (1) blocks Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) shot as center Mo Bamba also defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Fla. — There was a closer on the floor when the Lakers faced the Magic, and it wasn’t LeBron James.Nikola Vucevic had 36 points, including eight straight in a crucial stretch of the fourth quarter, and Orlando beat Los Angeles 130-117 on Saturday night, ending the Lakers’ four-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Govt needs to do more to improve business sector – US diplomat

first_imgGuyana is currently on the brink of transformation, but for the country to really benefit from these changes and tap into its full potential, investors must be crystal clear on policies relating to their various interests; and this is where the Government must play its role.Deputy Chief of Mission at the United State Embassy in Guyana, Mark CullinaneThis was expressed by the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the United States (US) Embassy in Guyana, Mark Cullinane, who at the time was speaking to Guyana Times on the sidelines of a reception hosted by the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) on Monday evening at the Marriott Hotel.Cullinane said, “Guyana has a tremendous opportunity, as you well know, given the changes about to come. It’s historic really, this moment in Guyana’s history; and to take advantage fully of this moment, the rules for businesses — investors from both Guyana and foreign sources, including the United States — have to be crystal clear. People need to understand what the requirements are to extend their capital in a country like Guyana; to extend their capital in a country like the United States.”He added, “So the way in which the Government of Guyana comes together with the business community and other important stakeholders to clarify how investment is done, what the timeline is to register a business, what the labour laws are, what the best practices are in hiring Guyanese for these new investments that are coming into Guyana, that will improve; you’ll see it accelerate even more”.Cullinane believes that Guyana and its people can truly benefit from that growth when clear rules are established, so that businesses can extend capital into the country, hire Guyanese labour, and expand operations that already exist.Just before expressing these opinions to this newspaper, Cullinane had highlighted that Guyana’s high energy costs, coupled with lack of transparency and security concerns, are deterring investors from coming to Guyana.He had also listed citizen security, the country’s complex tax infrastructure, and duties on imports as among other things that are deterring investors.It was also recently revealed that Guyana’s ranking in terms of the ease of doing business has been dropped.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, had in June highlighted that Guyana was recently ranked number 134 of 190 countries in the World Bank’s Report on the ease of doing business.She explained that the World Bank’s 2018 Report on the Ease of Doing Business reflected a drop in ranking from number 126 in 2017 to number 134 in 2018, out of 190 countries. Places like Iran, the West Bank, and Gaza ranked better than Guyana.She noted that this was linked to the fact that Guyana has high rates of taxation, energy, corruption, and lack of transparency coupled by a number of other factors.“In addition, the duties imposed on many imported items can be substantial, driving costs up beyond competitiveness. I don’t need to tell you that the cost of electricity is one of the highest in the region, at more than 35 cents per kilowatt hour.  The power grid system is antiquated, resulting in regular power outage, forcing companies…to install their own power generation systems to cope with the blackouts,” the ambassador had said.last_img read more

Chelsea sack Conte after two years in charge

first_imgConte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea’s ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.During three years with Napoli, Sarri did not won a major honour but guided the club to second, third and second again – behind Juventus in 2017-18. The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.Chelsea announced on Friday that Conte had “parted company” with the club, with a two-line statement that ended: “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Conte sacked as Chelsea managerLONDON, United Kingdom, July 13 – Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge.The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract.last_img read more

Real’s Luka Modric charged with false testimony

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric attending court in Osijek, Croatia last year to testify in the multi-million-euro corruption trial against ex-Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic © AFP/File / STRINGERZAGREB, Croatia, Mar 2 – Croatian prosecutors charged Friday Real Madrid’s Luka Modric with giving false testimony at the multi-million-euro corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former chief, an offence carrying up to five years in jail.The 32-year-old midfielder was charged with “committing the criminal offence of giving false testimony” last June during a trial against Zdravko Mamic and three others before a local tribunal, a prosecutors’ statement said. In line with Croatian law the prosecutors did not name Modric as the indictee but identified him as a “Croatian citizen born in 1985.”Local media identified him as Modric.The indictment has yet to be approved by a court and the Croatia captain is currently not threatened with an arrest.Mamic is accused — along with his brother Zoran Mamic and two others — of abuse of power and graft that cost the former Croatian champions more than 15 million euros ($18.4 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.Cash was allegedly embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers. Modric testified last June over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham Hotspur.From there he joined Real Madrid in 2012.The prosecutors allege that Modric, when questioned at the tribunal, falsely said he had an annex to a contract with Dinamo over conditions for future transfers, giving him the right to a “50-50 share in transfer fees,” while still playing in Croatia.He also falsely testified he had signed such an annex every time he extended his contract, they said.When questioned during investigations in 2015, Modric said the annex was signed after he joined Tottenham, according to the prosecutors.The entire amount of the transfer fee was eventually acquired by Dinamo, the prosecutors said.Modric, also accused of tax fraud in Spain, has paid Spanish fiscal authorities close to one million euros, a judicial source in Spain said in January.Spanish prosecutors believe he evaded 870,728 euros on revenue from his image rights in 2013 and 2014 via a shell company set up in Luxembourg.Judicial authorities are still investing financial holdings belonging to the player in the Isle of Man, on which Modric refused to comment in court.– Biggest star –The indictment could also shake Croatia ahead of World Cup finals in Russia as Modric is the biggest star they have had since 1998, when they surprisingly reached the World Cup semi-finals, losing to eventual winners France.Croatia play in Group D along with Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) immediately voiced support to Modric and said in a statement it believed he would “prove his innocence as well as the indictment’s unfondness.”The federation said they were convinced the proceedings will have @no negative impact on the performances of Croatia squad” at World Cup.Last October, Modric was named, for the third time, to the FIFA FIFPro team selected by thousands of professional players. In 2015, he became the first Croatian voted on to the FIFPro XI.Modric, who grew up as a refugee in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast, was highly popular in Croatia where he has a reputation for modesty.But the testimony has tarnished Modric’s image as many Croatian fans fear it could undermine the charges against Mamic, who they believe has abused football for personal gain.Most Croatian football fans see Mamic as the real boss of the Croatian Football Federation and believe its formal chief Davor Suker is merely his puppet.“My conscience is clear,” the 103-capped Modric told reporters in July after being questioned within a probe on his alleged false testimony.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I’m not thinking about the future’ – Morata brushes off Arsenal transfer talk

first_img1 Alvaro Morata in action for Juventus Arsenal and Real Madrid target Alvaro Morata has insisted his focus is on Euro 2016 and not his future at Juventus.The Spaniard came off the bench to score the winner in Saturday’s Coppa Italia final against AC Milan to secure a historic consecutive league and cup double for the Old Lady.Real Madrid are expected to activate their buy-back option on Morata this summer, while Arsenal are also lining up a bid.But the 23-year-old has refused to discuss where he will be next season.“It’s not my last game of the season as I have to play in the Euros,” Morata told Rai Sport.“I have to make the most of my current form and not even think about the future.”last_img

West Brom unwilling to go to tribunal to sign Championship defender – Pulis

first_imgWest Brom will abandon their attempts to sign Charlie Taylor if they fail to reach a deal with Leeds, according to Tony Pulis.The Baggies boss does not want to take the risk of going to a tribunal for the 23-year-old left-back, who is out of contract at Elland Road this summer.Taylor can move on a free transfer but, because he is under the age of 24, any club who signs him will have to pay Leeds a compensation fee related to his development. Taylor has been with Leeds since the age of nine.West Brom want to negotiate a fee with Leeds to avoid the possibility of an unexpected bill down the line and it has been reported that they have offered £3.5million for the player.Liverpool were ordered to pay Burnley £6.5million rising to a potential £8million after they took Danny Ings on a free transfer from Burnley in the summer of 2015.Pulis said: “We wanted to find out what the price was to see if we’d be interested. If it’s going to go to tribunal, we don’t know what the price is and I think that takes us out of the game.“You could go to tribunal and they could put an extraordinary amount of money on it and you’re stuck with it. It’s a risk that, at this moment, is not worth taking.” Charlie Taylor: The 23-year-old is out of contract at Leeds 1last_img read more

Eight Premier League clubs have starlets in running to win Golden Boy award

first_imgThe 100-man longlist for the 2018 Golden Boy award has been released, with 16 Premier League starlets featured.The Golden Boy award was created by Tuttosport in 2003, and is handed to the Under-21 player judged to have enjoyed the best calendar year playing in European football.Rafael van der Vaart won the inaugural award while playing for Ajax, and the most recent winner was Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar, in 2017. Arsenal pair Stephy Mavididi and Lukas Nmecha are included, while former young Gunner Chris Willock, now of Benfica, also makes the grade.Scottish Premiership champions Celtic also see one of their players among the 100 names, with Odsonne Edouard in the running for the award; Edouard was recently signed permanently by the Hoops, having spent last season on loan at Parkhead from PSG.Last year’s winner Mbappe is once again included, as is Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi and Italian forward Pietro Pellegri, who left Genoa for Monaco in January for around £22million – a huge fee for a player who was still only 16 at that time. Premier League players on 2018 Golden Boy longlistTrent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)Angel Gomes (Manchester United)Brahim Diaz (Manchester City)Tom Davies (Everton)Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur)Phil Foden (Manchester City)Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United)Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur)Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)Herbie Kane (Liverpool)Stephy Mavididi (Arsenal)Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City)Reece Oxford (West Ham United)Ben Woodburn (Liverpool)You can view the full longlist on Tuttosport Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence NEW ERA crackers How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? And as the countdown to the 2018 award begins, Tuttosport have announced the 100-man longlist of players in the running to be named Golden Boy.The longlist features 16 players who currently represent Premier League clubs, including Trent Alexander-Arnold, the Liverpool full-back, whose brilliant season earned him a place in England’s World Cup squad.Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all have three players on the longlist, though the latter only have three due to Diogo Dalot leaving Porto for Old Trafford during this summer transfer window. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures predicted Latest Premier League news possible standings possible xi who plays? Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED Kylian Mbappe has gone from strength to strength since being named Golden Boy in 2017 New Man United signing Dalot has been named on the longlist 2 smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more