Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father speaks out on Arsenal trying to sell him

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jul 2019 3:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link417Shares The Gunners are looking to offload the error-prone centre-back this summer (Picture: Getty)Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father, Kujtim, has played down the prospect of an imminent departure from Arsenal and says a move to Serie A is not on the cards.The Gunners are actively looking to offload a player they spent £35million on just three years ago due to the series of high-profile gaffes and errors that have plagued his time at the Emirates.Ligue 1 side Monaco are reported to have made an approach to Arsenal to sign Mustafi, while Italian giants Roma have also been credited with an interest. Emery is thought to be keen for Arsenal to move Mustafi on and buy a replacement (Picture: Getty)However, Mustafi is believed to want to fight for his place at Arsenal and his dad – who also represents him – has poured cold water on the transfer speculation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s news to me,’ he told Romanews. ‘There’s nothing in it. There has been no contact with Roma or any other Italian club.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal boss Unai Emery is believed to have finally lost patience with Mustafi after the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, telling club chiefs to find him a new club.The Gunners are so desperate to offload him they will even let him go out on loan, though the 27-year-old still believes he can win over his doubters and prove himself at Arsenal.center_img Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father plays down chances of leaving Arsenal for Serie A Advertisement Mustafi was booed by the Arsenal crowd during last weekend’s defeat to Lyon (Picture: Getty)With Mustafi set to leave and skipper Laurent Koscielny having asked for a transfer, Emery could be left with few options at centre-back – though wants a new central defender before the window closes.The back-line was an area he wanted to strengthen significantly over the summer, but William Saliba was sent back out on loan to Saint-Etienne and the club have struggled to reach an agreement with Celtic for left-back Kieran Tierney.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Fortune favours the brave when it comes to auctions

first_imgA gutsy approach often pays off when it comes to auctions.Fortune favours the brave. It’s an expression I’ve used a few times over the years. But I have referred to this a bit recently as I’ve found a few buyers of late seem to have a limited understanding of the auction process and subsequently are turning up yet planning on not participating.However, by not bidding and letting the property pass has only led to a far more competitive and uncomfortable situation straight after the auction as they enter a closed door negotiation or what is commonly referred to as a Dutch auction.These negotiations see all buyer’s given one chance to submit their best offer without any idea of their competitor’s price or even the number of other offers.Surely to have transparency would be better.BRISBANE house prices to grow in the next two years.At an auction the transparency allows buyers the vision to see their competition. But it can also offer greater benefits to the buyer.They are dealing with a more motivated seller, think about it, would you be more or less motivated during your auction?There is no paper work, other than registering, until you have bought the property. Finally, there is no one filtering your words, no one saying this is your best offer or just a cheeky offer. You simply stand on the property and call your price out.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoMany buyers don’t want to bid at auction because they don’t really understand how auctions work.It really amazes me when people turn up to an auction with a pre-approval from the bank, have inspected the property a number of times and have a game to buy the property that falls into line with “I’m not bidding, I’m just gonna watch and see”.Mostly these buyers are just ignorant about auctions. They are nervous about the unknown and don’t want to pay too much. It only takes a minute to remind them of the reasons as to why they should participate, all in line with what I’ve listed above and they usually warm into the bidding.So therefore my criticism is aimed at the agents. Are we as an industry educating people about the process of auction?GET all the latest real estate news from The Courier-Mail direct to your inboxIs your agent familiar enough with auctions that they know what the buyers don’t? Are they telling buyers that a cash contract doesn’t mean you need cash? That no building inspection doesn’t mean you can’t conduct a building inspection prior to bidding? That you can often pay less than a 10 per cent deposit and settle longer than 30 days? Auctions are not set in stone, the terms can be altered if agreed.Anything that is new is likely foreign and when it involves a public event it can bring nerves too. But to not turn up or not bid purely because you are not informed, could be a costly and a very uncomfortable mistake.My recommendation to any buyer is: attend a few auctions, see what happens and start to watch how the successful buyers bid.Then get comfortable with prices. Attend open houses, write down the prices from any auctions and work with your loan broker to establish the price you feel comfortable paying for a property. Then once you know your limits and you know the values it is now just down to your strategy. To hope a property passes in is not a plan, hope is for the hopeless, be brave instead.last_img read more

AET Tankers Christens LR2 Duo

first_imgPetroleum and chemical tanker owner AET Tankers has held a double naming ceremony of two long-range (LR2) petroleum tankers built by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Christened at HHI’s yard in Gunsan, Korea, Eagle Lyon and Eagle Le Havre will both qualify for the Green Passport notation, having been designed to optimise overall operational efficiency and minimise environmental impact.AET Tankers said that the 114,000 dwt vessels have been fitted with the most modern energy efficient engines, auxiliary equipment having advance power management systems, along with the latest hull, tank and ballast epoxy coatings.“Both vessels have been carefully designed to provide optimal operational and environmental efficiency,” Yee Yang Chien, Chairman, AET and President/Group CEO, MISC Berhad, said.The Singapore-flagged Eagle Lyon and the French-flagged Eagle Le Havre have been taken on long-term charter by French oil major Total.The LR2s unveiled in Gunsan are the latest addition to AET’s fleet, which now includes 12 VLCCs, six Suezmaxes, one Panamax, 46 Aframaxes, four DP tankers, 13 CPPs, five LR2 tankers, 13 chemical ships and an LPG tanker.Its current orderbook includes a further two Suezmaxes and four more Aframaxes.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Ekpo fumes over Trabzonspor’s Mikel ordeal

first_img The former Super Eagles skipper had to quit the Turkish club on mutual consent after the Nigerian raised an alarm that the league should be stopped over the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Mikel who made 368 appearances for Chelsea between 2006 and 2917, complained that he was not comfortable playing in Turkey during the spread of the virus. Although, Mikel was quoted to have said that ‘there’s more to life than football, saying that he expects everyone to be at home with their families and loved ones at this crucial situation.Advertisement Promoted ContentCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Gorgeous Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?These Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Former international, Friday Ekpo, has expressed his disappointment over the way John Obi Mikel was poorly treated by the Turkish club, Trabzonspor recently. Loading… And as part of his deal with the club, Mikel has forfeited any future payment from Trabzonspor. “I am highly disappointed in this club. They treated Mikel anyhow. Is it a crime to speak your mind out or kick against what you don’t like?, Ekpo asked. “This issue is between life and death. People are dying every day all over the world, especially in Europe. Why should they behaved in such a manner. “What Mikel did was okay. He tried to make a case for himself and other players in the league. Initially, he was racially abused on the pitch and nothing came out of the case before the coronavirus came up. How do we describe such an unfriendly atmosphere? Players are not slaves. They are there to work for their wages and they should be treated with respect. If Mikel had a good contract, he deserves to sue the club over this treatment,’Ekpo stressed. Read AlsoTrabzonspor Teammate calls Mikel Obi a Legend “Mikel has a right to fight for his safety. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Fettinger wins first Southern Oregon Speedway IMCA Modified main

first_imgBy Don Martin IIWHITE CITY, Ore. (Aug. 12) – Taking the lead from Preston Jones on a lap 10 restart, Zach Fettinger won the 25 lap IMCA Modified main event Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway.This was Fettinger’s first win at the track and he also became the sixth different winner in as many races this season.Fettinger had to contend with some serious pressure from seven-time champion Mark Wauge and Jesse Bailey down the stretch but kept his cool for the impressive victory.After taking the lead on the third lap, Rich McCoy went on to win the 20-lap Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod feature.It was the second straight win for McCoy and his fourth straight top three finish as he tries to gain on point leader Mike Medel following his opening day hot laps crash. Willie McFall continues to be the biggest threat to Medel following his career-best second place feature finish.Next up for both divisions will be the special two-day R. Charles Snyder Salute on Sept. 2-3.last_img read more

John D. Turner

first_imgJohn D. Turner, age 91 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Margaret Mary Hospital.  The son of Jim & Mirtie (nee: Wallen) Turner was born on August 22, 1928 in Wayland, Kentucky.John worked for many years for New Point Stone Company as a loader, until he retired.  He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Metamora. John enjoyed being outdoors and going camping. He had a great love for horses and liked to go riding out on the trails when he could.He will be dearly missed by his wife, Lois Turner; step daughter, Joyce Navara; step son Danny Cope; grandchildren, Jim Ross, Jeff Turner and Rebekah Pinson; great granddaughters, Kylie Ross and Haylie Ross and great-great grandson Wyatt Haley; along with several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, David Turner and step-son, David Cope, along with his three brothers and two sisters.Visitation will be Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 11am – 1pm with funeral services at 1:00pm all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Rev. Ron McCulloch officiating.  Burial to follow at Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN.Memorials may be given to the Bible Baptist Church c/o the funeral home.Continuing with COVID-19 precautions and state mandates, all attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol and masks are required. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.You are welcome to leave a message at on John’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

Duff tips Dyche to manage England

first_img This term they are attempting to defy the odds again and with eight games remaining they have a fighting chance of survival in the Barclays Premier League. Burnley are next in action on Sunday when they host Tottenham. Duff, 37, said: “He has been first class. I’ve learned a lot from him, little things he does, and I think he will go on to be a top manager. “Hopefully he will stay here a bit longer and (Burnley will) achieve some more with him. I cannot see why somebody will not give him an opportunity from what he has done here.” Asked if he would be surprised if former Watford boss Dyche ever managed England, Duff said: “No, in a word, having worked with him and the way he gets the best out of players. “Most of our players have played the majority of their careers in the Championship or lower than that and we are competing against multi, multi-million pound squads and we are alive and kicking. “So, he has managed to get the best out of us. If he can do that at a higher level, why not?” Duff has hopes of following Dyche into management himself after retirement. The former Northern Ireland international still intends to prolong a career that has seen him play in the country’s top-eight tiers with Cheltenham and Burnley, but he has firm plans for life beyond it. Veteran Burnley defender Michael Duff believes manager Sean Dyche could one day take charge of England. Dyche, 43, has a growing reputation having overseen a remarkable transformation of fortunes since arriving at Turf Moor in October 2012. The former Chesterfield defender made a nonsense of the relegation favourites’ tag to lead the Clarets to an unlikely promotion from the Championship to the top flight last season. He said: “I’ve done my Pro Licence and I want to stay in football after I’ve finished playing. “I have no plans to stop playing at the minute. I still love getting up for training in the morning. It’s not a bad job running around chasing after a football. “But you look at the game differently when you get to my age. The Pro Licence is nearly all based on management, so you look at sessions differently, look at the manager’s presentations – and this one isn’t a bad manager to learn from.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce off to losing start with Black Cats

first_img Former Black Cats midfielder McClean celebrated in front of the travelling fans and was confronted by Danny Graham and Lee Cattermole. McClean claimed he was ‘hung out to dry’ by Sunderland over his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt during a game against Everton in 2012. Allardyce, their eighth manager in the last six years including caretakers, has been parachuted in to save them from the drop, which has seemed inevitable for the past three seasons. He got an immediate reaction, though, with the Black Cats comfortably the better side in the first half. Cattermole and Steven Fletcher both had shots blocked before the visitors were denied by Myhill’s brilliance. Yann M’Villa and Fletcher were involved in keeping the ball alive in the Baggies’ box before Myhill produced a superb reaction save to turn Jones’ six-yard header over. It was, though, the only moment of quality during a turgid first half which only lived up to the pre-match billing. Sunderland kept Albion contained with their midfield strong and organised, giving the hosts little opportunity to break through. Craig Dawson ballooned a shot into the stand nine minutes before the break to sum up the lack of quality, with only Sessegnon a sporadic threat with his direct running for Albion. But nine minutes after the re-start the game sparked into life thanks to Pantilimon’s clanger. The keeper came out to claim a routine cross from Chris Brunt under the slightest pressure from Berahino. But the Romanian dropped the centre on to the back of John O’Shea’s leg and it ran for Berahino to poke in from three yards. It sapped the confidence from Sunderland and, while M’Vila tested Myhill from distance with 13 minutes remaining, there was little fightback. West Brom were allowed, without serious scares, to see out the game and left Allardyce in no doubt about the size of the task he faces. And after the final whistle McClean celebrated in front of the visiting fans and had to be pulled away by Craig Gardner after being confronted by several Sunderland players. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Sunderland are losing. Allardyce out!” – Jon Benjamin @JonBenjamin19 PLAYER RATINGS West Brom Boaz Myhill: 7 Craig Dawson: 6 Jonny Evans: 6 Gareth McAuley: 6 Chris Brunt: 6 Claudio Yacob: 6 Darren Fletcher: 6 James McClean: 6 Stephane Sessegnon: 6 Saido Berahino: 7 Salomon Rondon: 6 Subs: Rickie Lambert: 6 Craig Gardner: 6 Sunderland: Costel Pantilimon: 5 Billy Jones: 6 Younes Kaboul: 6 John O’Shea: 6 DeAndre Yedlin: 6 Sebastian Larsson: 6 Lee Cattermole: 6 Yann M’Vila: 6 Jordi Gomez: 6 Fabio Borini: 6 Steven Fletcher: 6 Subs: Danny Graham: 6 Adam Johnson: 6 Jermain Defoe: 6 STAR MAN Saido Berahino – The striker scored his third – and possibly easiest – goal of the season to earn a important victory for West Brom. He lined up on the left to start with lone striker Salomon Rondon and did his best to support during a poor first half. But the England Under-21 international got a slice of luck when Costel Pantilimon presented him with a gift of a goal in the second half. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Sam Allardyce would have known the task ahead of him but it was only made harder by Pantilimon’s gaffe which allowed Berahino to score. The striker stood his ground against the keeper as Pantilimon came for a cross but the former Manchester City stopper should have been much stronger. Instead he dropped the ball into Berahino and then John O’Shea and it ran for the former to poke into an open goal. Compare it to Boaz Myhill’s vital save from Billy Jones in the first half and the difference was obvious. MOAN OF THE MATCH Pantilimon was booked for complaining to referee Martin Atkinson in the aftermath of Berahino’s goal. Replays showed the keeper had dropped it onto the striker’s arms but it was hardly deliberate from the 22-year-old who benefited from the keeper’s generosity. Pantilimon was trying to cover his embarrassment by arguing with Atkinson and only continued to dig himself into a deeper hole. VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT There was no instant change for Sunderland in Allardyce’s first game in charge but the manager would have been pleased with their first-half display. He would have despaired, though, at Pantilimon’s error while Tony Pulis saw the pressure lift following a struggling start. He will have to talk to James McClean about his post-match celebration, though, which sparked a scuffle between the two sides. WHO’S UP NEXT? Norwich v West Brom (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 24) Sunderland v Newcastle (Barclays Premier League, Sunday October 25) Press Association It was a flashpoint in an otherwise dull game as Sam Allardyce took charge of Sunderland for the first time, but could only watch in horror as his goalkeeper tossed away what would have been a valuable point at The Hawthorns. Pantilimon dropped a Chris Brunt cross to allow Saido Berahino to seal a 1-0 win and leave Sunderland rooted in the Barclays Premier League’s relegation zone. In contrast, victory lifted Albion seven points clear of the bottom three and lifted any early-season pressure on boss Tony Pulis. Defeat only underlined the size of the job Allardyce has to keep the Black Cats in the top flight as he watched them match the Baggies for much of the game, only to be undone by a mistake. Boaz Myhill saved well from Billy Jones in the first half, but Pantilimon’s gaffe was in keeping with a scrappy, uninspiring match which was littered with mistakes. Allardyce recalled Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Larsson for the suspended Sebastian Coates and Jeremain Lens while Jordi Gomez also got the nod. Stephane Sessegnon was handed a surprise start for the hosts, having not even played a league game for the Baggies since April. The Black Cats celebrated their 136th birthday on Saturday, but have been showing their age following their constant relegation struggles. James McClean sparked a melee at the final whistle after Costel Pantilimon’s error gifted West Brom a vital win over Sunderland.last_img read more

Tipperary schools and colleges in action today.

first_img15 C Football action has Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir up against Kildysart in Monaleen again at 12;30 This evening in Division 2 of the Higher Education Senior Football League Waterford I.T entertain the Garda College at 7:30. In Munster Post Primary SchoolsThurles CBS take on Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in Nenagh at 1.30 in Round 3 of the Harty Cup.In 18.5 B Hurling Borrisokane and St. Joseph’s, Tulla meet in Smith O’ Brien’s at 12:30.last_img

Reunited after injuries, Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Chris Paul still adjusting

first_img“Just because they’re playing doesn’t mean you’re back yet.”Griffin returned to the Clippers lineup in January after knee surgery knocked him out for 18 games while Paul recently recovered from a torn thumb ligament that cost him 14 appearances.Could those two, partners in crime for so long, really require an adjustment period to one another?“For (Griffin) it’s tough to come back,” Rivers said, “and Chris is hurt, so you’re trying to get your offense going. Now that Chris is back and Chris is trying to get his offensive rhythm going, I think Blake is doing both (trying to facilitate and score).”Rivers and his players stressed that they would not use the injuries or the time needed for these players to adjust back to one another as an excuse for their slide in the West. “I don’t know how true it is,” Griffin said. “I mean, yeah, we haven’t played with our regular lineup. The majority of that lineup, we’ve been together a long time.”Griffin scored 17 points against the Rockets and Paul had 16 points and 11 assists.While things are far from dire — the Clippers are fifth in the West — the last week proved how much of a gap exists between them and the top three teams in the conference. Golden State, San Antonio and Houston took turns beating L.A. up since the trade deadline.“You figure it out,” Paul said. “We don’t have much practice time. We’ve got games. Regardless, when you step on the court you (try to) win the game. Figure it out and win at the same time.”The common thread in the Clippers worst losses has been the complete abandonment of their offensive principles. The ball stops moving from side to side, players stop moving away from the ball. Isolation and desperation is no recipe for success.“We’ve got to do better,” Rivers said. “We are better. And I’m going to keep saying that. We have to be a better team; we are a better team.”When the Clippers took a 37-34 lead in the first quarter against Houston, Rivers kept waiting for Houston to lose its poise. To see it revert to the bad habits that have cost the Clippers so many times this season, and especially in the past week.It never happened.“They stuck with their stuff,” Rivers said. “Right when they made a run on us and took the lead after we had the early lead, I thought we abandoned our stuff.“They just stuck with their movement and kept doing it. That’s who we thought we were. And that’s who they are.” LOS ANGELES >> Blake Griffin has run the pick and roll with Chris Paul for going on six seasons. DeAndre Jordan has been leaping over defenses since Lob City. Those three, plus J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers, have been together since the cursive logo days.That history has made Doc Rivers’ best explanation for the Clippers’ 1-3 record following the All-Star break somewhat surprising.In essence, he has it that these guys still have to get comfortable with each other. The reason? All the themes missed playing together because of injuries.“I still don’t overlook, without making excuses, that we’re still getting right,” Rivers said after Wednesday’s 122-103 loss to Houston. “We got our two guys back and it’s going to take a little bit of time.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more