Sevilla head a list of clubs keen on landing Real Madrid teenage star Takefusa Kubo this summer and are already negotiating the deal. As reported by Marca via radio station Onda Cero, Sevilla are currently negotiating the cost and duration of the transfer with the Spanish champions.Advertisement It is claimed that the Andalusian club will originally sign the Japanese prodigy on an initial loan deal which they hope will include a purchase option next season, with it expected that there will be a future buyback option for Madrid in that arrangement. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your ChildhoodWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Read Also: Neymar wins French Cup final for PSGKubo, who has been nicknamed ‘the Japanese Messi’, then signed for FC Tokyo but he celebrated his 18th birthday last summer and was subsequently available to return to European football – with Madrid pouncing.The Japan Under-20 international was said to have caught the attention of sporting directors of ‘Europe’s biggest clubs’, including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Japanese teenager starred this campaign on a season-long loan deal at Real Mallorca, scoring four goals and providing five assists across 36 appearances – including 24 starts.There were reports earlier this month that Real Sociedad were among the clubs hopeful of securing a loan deal for the player next season.Diario AS also report today that Real Betis are another club to have enquired for the Japanese star.The attack-minded Kubo spent four years in the Blaugrana’s La Masia youth academy but had to leave the club in 2015 when Barcelona were sanctioned for signing underage players illegally.
“He is not a talking leader, he is a fighting leader, and I think he is a typical centre-back for the Premier League.” Wenger has challenged his team to better what was a “perfect week” after the Champions League victory over Bayern Munich. He said: “I think the attitude at the top level is how can we improve,” he said. “We learn from defeat and we learn from wins – but to learn from wins sometimes is more difficult because it is less natural.” Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his side now have the required battling qualities to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race. Wenger feels the way players like Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil followed in line with midfield enforcer Francis Coquelin and centre-half Gabriel show this group have the stomach for the challenges ahead. “They are all on board, and they have the belief. They came off the pitch really tired,” said Wenger. “Cazorla won many balls and blocked many tackles, even Ozil…. once you have that in the team, it is not easy to get it, but is shows the belief is there and then you need enough humility to keep it in there.” The Arsenal boss added: “You need to convince the players that you have to work hard to win football games in the Premier and that you need all 11 to do that.” Gabriel produced a composed display at the heart of the Gunners’ rearguard, standing in for vice-captain Per Mertesacker, who was ill. The Brazilian – sent off at Chelsea last month for clashing with Diego Costa – produced a superb late block to thwart a dangerous Everton counter-attack, before letting out a loud roar cheered on by the home supporters. “Gabriel has shown that he is a fighter,” said Wenger. “At half-time he was so upset at the deflection he got, but in the second half he came out again with the same spirit, it is a fantastic combative aspect. The Gunners had to dig deep to hold off the challenge of Everton and close out a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. With Manchester City drawing against derby rivals United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Arsenal are second on the back of what was a fourth straight Premier League victory.
• Insists playoff must hold to produce four teams for promotion to NPFLOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Emergency Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, chaired by the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, rose from a meeting at the weekend to announce that it had directed the go-ahead of the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League (NNL) to produce four teams to be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2018/2019 Season.This is, as enshrined in the NNL 2018 Rule Book and in line with the propositions of the expanded meeting of chieftains of the NFF, the LMC, the NPFL Clubs, the NNL and NNL Clubs, that the NNL should stage its statutory Super 8 to produce the four teams for NPFL.The Emergency Committee said it took the decision after careful consideration of the relevant rules and regulations, contemporary best practice and what is obtainable and defensible in the international sphere. Amaju Pinnick NFF President Members commended the NFF President for the tremendous efforts he made to meet with the NNL leadership, the eight NNL clubs qualified to participate in the Super 8 as well as the proprietors of the clubs with a view to explaining to them the need to stage the tournament.“I am imploring the various club Owners and other investors, promoters and facilitators, as well as the administrators of the two Leagues, to see the current situation as a consequence of the special circumstances that we found ourselves and consider the best interest of Nigerian Football.“Nobody foresaw these special circumstances. Yet, it is only by obeying the rules and regulations, and being guided by global best practice, that we can move forward. Nigerian Football is operating within the international football community, and not an oasis in any desert. The NFF Emergency Committee endorses the resolution of the expanded meeting that the best eight teams in the NNL should contest the Super 8 Tournament, from which the best four teams will be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2018/2019 Season.”Pinnick further stated that the decision to endorse the NPFL proposal of 30th August 2018 to end the League at Week 24, should be seen for what it is – a measure to deal with an exceptional circumstance to meet up with the deadline for submission of Nigeria’s flagbearer in the CAF Champions League, and the need to redraft the league calendar from August – May as directed by the Confederation of African Football. “We are calling on stakeholders to see these decisions as the only way of getting out of the special circumstances and forge ahead.”It would be recalled that the meeting of the NFF Executive Committee, held in Asaba, Delta State on 20th November 2018, had mandated the NFF President to take a decision on the matter having considered the propositions/decisions of an expanded meeting of NFF chieftains and LMC leadership, after a meeting of Administrators and Club Owners of the NNL.However, in his quest for wider consultation, Pinnick referred the matter to the NFF Emergency Committee for deliberation.The Emergency Committee thus directed that teams contesting the Super 8 Tournament, scheduled for Aba, should arrive the Abia State capital on Wednesday, 19th December, and the tournament must be concluded by Sunday, 23rd December for the Nigeria National League to present teams to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the new season.“The Super 8 Tournament must go ahead with all the teams arriving on or before Wednesday, 19th December. I enjoin all the eight qualified teams to endeavour to be in Aba for this tournament, in order to ensure that the LMC has the names of the four teams promoted from the NNL, and go ahead to conduct its draws for the new season.” The Committee also directed that the NNL must proceed with the tournament as scheduled with the Clubs that report to Aba while stating that disciplinary action would be taken against those who fail to honour their obligations to participate in the Super 8 and the directives of the NFF.“At the same time, the League Management Company must make best efforts to ensure that all parameters, processes and procedures are set to commence the new Nigeria Professional Football League season before the first day of January, 2019.”Gombe United FC, Remo Stars FC, Shooting Stars Sports Club, Bendel Insurance FC, Delta Force FC, Kada Stars FC, Real Stars FC and Kogi United are the teams qualified for the NNL Super 8 Tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Everyone has had one of those mornings — you wake up groggy, can’t face going to work, dive back under the covers and go back to sleep.Venus Williams knows what that feels like.Once the world’s top woman tennis player, she is now rebuilding her career as she battles Sjogren’s syndrome, a debilitating autoimmune disease.It has forced the American to reevaluate her lifestyle and everything she had once taken for granted.”I realized I had to get working, so there were days at the beginning where I did feel like I wanted to stay in bed,” Williams told CNN’s Open Court.”But I don’t because it makes me anxious, I have to get to work. my motto now is that is all adds up, so if I can only do a little bit this day, it will add up, and it’s better than if I get discouraged and don’t do anything. That’s when I really start sliding downhill.” So the seven-time grand slam champion threw back the covers and, with the aid of a new exercise regime and a vegan diet, began to try to live with the illness — and continue to play professional sport.”It has been a challenge, and a challenge to myself, and really just knowing that I can’t be defeated by anything,” she adds.”Not being able to practice has most definitely affected my game … not really being able to work on the things you need to work on, just speed and agility.”I can’t get all those extra little things you need, and it’s hard to get motivated if you don’t feel well too.”There’s only so much you can do, so I’ve definitely had to adjust a lot but I just see it as a challenge because in my life I’ve never been defeated by anything. “I’ve lost and I’ve had to learn — but I’ve never had to lay down the towel, so to speak. “Sjogren’s is notoriously difficult to diagnose as it presents symptoms common with many other ailments. It is also incurable.In 2011 Williams revealed to the world she had the syndrome, which forced her to withdraw during that year’s U.S. Open.According to the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, around four million Americans have the illness, making it the second most common autoimmune disease after rheumatoid arthritis, and ahead of lupus. Around 90% of the people with the syndrome are women.Symptoms range from joint pain and dry mouth to having a burning sensation in the eyes, digestive problems and fatigue. First identified in 1933 by Dr. Henrik Sjogren, it can be treated with over-the-counter medicines such as eye drops and anti-dry-mouth medicine.Some patients wait over four years to be diagnosed and while Williams’ wait was lengthy, the news when it came was greeted with an overriding sense of relief not just by her, but by her younger sister Serena.”It was a relief to get the answers we didn’t have,” the 17-time grand slam winner told Open Court.”We wanted to know why she got tired and why she never woke up with any energy. I think overall, it was sad for us but at the same time we were happy that we knew what was wrong.”Serena, who has had health complications of her own having to recover from potentially fatal blood clots on the lungs, believes her sister is “so much happier and has been for a while,” after getting to grips with the syndrome. For Venus, who reigned supreme on the tennis court for long and so successfully, the realization that she was now facing a vastly different battle took some time to adjust to.At 33, some may suggest her best days may be behind her — not that you would have known it following her victory at last month’s Dubai Open.The 45th WTA title of her illustrious career was reward for an indefatigable spirit and determination which has been so sorely tested.Whether she can still challenge for a grand slam title remains open to question — not since 2008 has she triumphed at one of the sport’s top events.A five-time Wimbledon winner, the grass courts of the All England Club still remain her best hope of success, though she has not reached the final there since 2009, when she was beaten by her sister. “I would love to play and win another title at Wimbledon — that would be amazing,” says Venus, who lost in the first round of January’s Australian Open despite romping through the opening set.”I’m not limiting myself to that because I want to win them all, but you know the courts have changed so much. Back in the day when you go out in Wimbledon the first few days, you felt like you couldn’t play tennis and now you adjust so quickly.”The courts have become a lot slower, the game is a little bit different, but I still love the grass.”While Williams accepts she is entering the twilight of her career, that has not dulled her enthusiasm or ambition.Second-ranked Li Na won the Australian Open a month before she turned 32, while Serena — who is 33 in September — is the oldest No.1 in the history of the women’s game. Age is not a barrier according to Venus — not one that she is willing to accept, anyway.”I feel like I’m a great tennis player,” she says.”I know how to play the game and there’s such a trend of people playing until they are older because you know so much about the game.”If you continue to play, you can really use that knowledge and I want to be able to finish on my own terms.”I don’t want to be pushed out of the game because of other reasons other than that I wanted to leave. When I’m ready to go I’ll go — but at this moment I think I can still do it.”Whenever Williams does step away from tennis, she will have her hands full with an array of different projects.She already has her own successful fashion range, EleVen, which is now clothing several younger tennis stars on the circuit.On top of that, she also part-owns the Miami Dolphins NFL franchise, something she says is “wonderful to be a part of.”But she wants to be remembered for her achievements on the tennis court.Not all those grand slam victories and Olympic gold medals, or the incredible power and precision of her game — but for helping to bring the game to a new generation of fans around the world.”I think we all dream of winning tournaments but we don’t think of being more of a force in the game of tennis other than for ourselves,” she says.”For me that would be the best legacy.”