Solari: Bale issue is an internal matter

first_imgSantiago Solari says he will deal with Gareth Bale in private after the Real Madrid forward reportedly left their loss to Real Sociedad early.Bale was not in the squad for Sunday’s 2-0 La Liga defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu as the Wales international is sidelined by a calf injury.But with Madrid slipping to a sixth loss of the league season, Bale was pictured driving away from the stadium with more than 10 minutes to go. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Although Bale starred at the Club World Cup with a hat-trick in the semi-final against Kashima Antlers, his La Liga form has been mixed.The 29-year-old has only scored one league goal since September 1 and has again been linked with a move away from Madrid.Solari, though, would not reveal whether or not Bale will be punished for leaving the Sociedad match before full-time when he spoke to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey tie at home to Leganes.”The fact that Bale left the Bernabeu is something to be solved inside the dressing room,” Solari told a news conference.2018 has been a great year. Onwards and upwards and here’s to 2019. Happy New Year!— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) December 31, 2018Solari was left frustrated by VAR after the technology was not used to award Vinicius Jr a penalty during his side’s defeat to La Real, which left Madrid fifth in the table and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.And the under-pressure coach again hit out at the use of VAR ahead of Leganes’ visit for the first leg of their last-16 tie.”It all depends on the rules being more clear than the technology,” he added.”If the rules are applied in the same way then it doesn’t really clear things up.”Sometimes as a spectator, I don’t understand how it works. They will perfect it.”The other days they were not complaints, just us defending ourselves, which is our right.”Solari is unsure whether Brahim Diaz, who joined the club from Manchester City this week, will be available to face Leganes.”Brahim is fine, very happy to join Real Madrid,” he continued. “He made a great choice picking the number 21 [also worn by Solari at Madrid].”It will depend on administrative paperwork, I’d imagine.”last_img read more

Torstar reports 2345M quarterly loss predicts another challenging year

Torstar reports $234.5M quarterly loss, predicts another challenging year TORONTO – Torstar Corp., which owns Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, predicts another challenging year after reporting a $234.5 million loss in the fourth quarter, mostly as a result of writing down the value of its newspaper businesses.The red ink included $213.3 million of non-cash items related to asset impairments at its continuing operations. Those included $130.6 million within the Metroland Media group of smaller newspapers and $70.5 million at the Star Media group, which includes the company’s flagship Toronto Star.“Metroland Media Group and Star Media Group are expected to continue to face challenges in 2016 as a result of continued shift in spending by advertising,” said the company’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, Lorenzo DeMarchi, in a conference call with investors.Print advertising declines were moderate, he said, but it’s difficult to predict if that trend will continue this year considering the continued evolution of advertiser markets and economic volatility.Advertisers have responded positively to Star Touch, a tablet-only product from the Toronto Star that launched about five months ago, said John Cruickshank, president of Star Media Group.In January, the app cracked more than 200,000 downloads, with users reading an average of three days per week, he said. But David Holland, Torstar’s president and CEO, said growth in the app’s audience is slower than originally anticipated.The Star Touch audience is rising at a slower rate than La Presse’s app, said Cruickshank. He attributed that to the Toronto Star continuing to print a daily paper, whereas La Presse scrapped its physical edition, as well as potentially different dynamics of an English-language market compared to La Presse’s French-speaking audience.The company expects to make a net investment of about $10 million this year in Star Touch, most of it during the first half of the year. Last year, net investment spending in the app was $14 million on a pre-tax basis.The company plans to break even on the platform by 2017, said Holland.The app is part of the company’s push towards a more digital future, he said, as is their recent acquisition of VerticalScope, a North American digital media business.“We are in the midst of a meaningful transition,” he said. “We did not expect this transition to be easy, but we do believe it will ultimately prove to be very worthwhile.”The transition has included cost-cutting measures, including outsourcing the printing of the Toronto Star. The switch should create $4 million of savings this year and $10 million annually thereafter. The move is expected to result in 220 full-time and 65 part-time job cuts.The company recognized $7.5 million of restructuring and other charges in the fourth quarter, down from $10.9 million in the comparable 2014 period. The company expects 90 positions to be eliminated and $6.3 million of annualized cost savings as a result of the restructuring provisions in the fourth quarter.In total, Torstar estimates restructuring initiatives undertaken last year will produce about $22.5 million in savings in 2016.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2016 5:09 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more