Arsenal transfer target Pau Torres learning English after talks with Santi Cazorla

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Apr 2020 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.8kShares Comment Arteta is keen to bolster his defensive options this summer (Picture: Getty)Though Cazorla feels Torres may be wise to remain at Villarreal for the time being, the young defender has hinted at a possible switch by revealing that he’s been learning English during his time off.‘In the morning I do the training regime and then I eat in line with the guidelines established by the club,’ Torres told El Periodico Mediterraneo when explaining his normal daily routine.‘In the afternoon, after lunch, I study a few languages ​​because I was learning English and now is a good time to resume it.’The 6 ft 3 in centre-half, who has a £43million release clause in his contract at Villarreal, has one cap for the Spain national side. Spain head coach Robert Moreno called Torres up for the first time at the start of October and the defender scored within a minute of his debut against Malta after replacing Sergio Ramos in the second half.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 ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal legend Charlie Nicolas compares Celtic star Odsonne Edouard to Alexandre LacazetteMORE: Kevin Campbell explains how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can emulate Pep Guardiola’s success Pau Torres has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent months (Picture: Getty)Pau Torres has revealed that he’s has been busy studying English in his spare time amid speculation that he could be on his way to Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old has shone for Villarreal after returning from an impressive loan spell with Malaga and is regarded as one of the most promising young centre-backs in La Liga. Arsenal explored a move for Torres in the January transfer window before wrapping up a temporary deal with Flamengo for Pablo Mari and the north London giants remain interested in the highly rated Spain international. Arsenal have asked Cazorla for information on Torres (Picture: Getty)In February, Santi Cazorla fuelled these rumours as he claimed that Arsenal had sought his advice about Torres, as well as 20-year-old winger Samuel Chukwueze.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Cazorla revealed that Arsenal weren’t alone in enquiring about his young Villarreal team-mates.‘Yes, friends from Arsenal especially. They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premier League tomorrow,’ the former Arsenal midfielder told Marca.‘It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.‘They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground. ‘In Pau’s case he hears constant talk of Manchester City or Barcelona, but he is aware that he has to keep growing as a player and that in the future we will see where he can go.’center_img Advertisement Arsenal transfer target Pau Torres learning English after talks with Santi Cazorla Advertisementlast_img read more

Lane Johnson agrees to record contract with Philadelphia Eagles

first_imgNFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: AFC, NFC standings for Week 13The Eagles have now moved to secure the 29-year-old’s future, handing him a new deal that aims to have him remain with Philadelphia for the next four years.According to media reports, the contract is worth $72 million, with $54.595 million guaranteed, following on from new deals for Johnson’s teammates Brandon Brooks, Jake Elliott and Rick Lovato. Lane Johnson has signed a new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that reportedly makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.Drafted fourth overall by the Eagles in 2013, Johnson has gone on to become a two-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion. “It’s smart,” Johnson told the Eagles’ official website. “They know what they’re doing. Ultimately, they want to build a good football team for a long time and core players is where it starts.Let’s fly, @LaneJohnson65! #FlyEaglesFly— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 29, 2019″I’m excited to be with Brandon, Jake and Rick, and there will probably be a few others coming up, too. It’s a blessing being around a lot of great people every day. It’s a lot of fun.”Johnson missed Week 12 while in the NFL’s concussion protocol but is expected to return to face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.last_img read more

Five keys to Real Madrid v Barcelona

first_imgYet, the pace offered by Bale and Marco Asensio, who has scored in his last three matches against Barca, could prove decisive in the second-half.Ronaldo and Suarez back in formBetween them Ronaldo and Barca’s Luis Suarez had a pitiful return of a combined four goals in La Liga until mid-November as age appeared to be taking hold of both now in their 30s.However, Ronaldo and Suarez now look like their old selves to add plenty more firepower to a fixture never short on goals.Ronaldo has eight in his last seven games, including the winner in the Club World Cup final last weekend.Suarez, meanwhile is now La Liga’s joint third highest scorer thanks to six in his last five league games.Is Barca’s new defence for real?Ernesto Valverde’s version of Barca may lack the same spark as those coached by Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique over the past decade, but the results are just as good thanks to an exceptionally mean defence backed up by the brilliance of Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.Valverde’s men have kept 17 clean sheets and conceded only eight goals in total on their 24-game unbeaten run.The real test, though, comes at the Bernabeu, especially with Thomas Vermaelen expected to deputise for the injured Samuel Umtiti at centre-back.Barca have kept just one clean sheet against Madrid in their last 24 meetings.Brazilian brute forceOf all the stars on show, Brazilian international duo Casemiro and Paulinho may not be the most pleasing on the eye but both bring a physical edge to the midfield battle that make them vital components to their respective sides.Casemiro is Madrid’s destroyer who creates the platform for Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco to create.However, he will have to keep a close eye on his compatriot, whose ability to time his runs into the opposition area has seen him register six goals in 15 La Liga appearances and quickly quieten the critics who questioned his 40 million euro signing from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid realistically need to end Barcelona’s 24-match unbeaten run to maintain hopes of retaining their La Liga title when Spanish football’s two behemoths meet in El Clasico on Saturday (1200GMT).Barca lead fourth-placed Madrid by 11 points at the top of the table, albeit Real do have a game in hand.However, it was at the Santiago Bernabeu that Barca last tasted defeat in August as Real cruised to a 5-1 aggregate win in the Spanish Super Cup.Here, AFP Sports looks at five keys to deciding who will end the year victorious.Messi-Alba connectionBarca have overcome Neymar’s departure with relative ease thanks to left-back Jordi Alba’s return to form, in large part caused by the Brazilian’s absence on the left side of Barca’s attack.“I have a lot more room to go forward and in all honesty for me it is much better,” admitted the Spanish international.Lionel Messi has also benefited with three of Alba’s six assists this season setting up the Argentine.The Alba-Messi connection also gave Barca a famous 3-2 win as Messi scored with the last kick of the ball at the Bernabeu in April when Neymar was suspended.Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal has played just five games since September due to a long-term virus and a lack of cover offered by Madrid’s narrow four-man midfield could give Alba plenty of space to exploit.‘BBC’ finally fit to return?Madrid’s famed ‘BBC’ front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have yet to play a single minute of action together this season, largely due to Bale’s injury problems.However, the Welshman scored on his return to action to help Real win the Club World Cup last week leaving Zinedine Zidane spoilt for choice with his starting line-up.Zidane is expected to stay loyal to the side that started the Champions League final in May with Bale only featuring from the bench.last_img read more

The FoodBank Launches Free Tax Assistance Program

first_imgNEPTUNE – The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties launched a free income tax assistance program aimed at helping low- and moderate-income workers maximize their tax benefits.Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be offered at six sites, three in Monmouth County and three in Ocean County, throughout the tax season. IRS-certified tax professionals will help filers complete their state and federal returns.“The FoodBank’s mission is to build food-secure communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of the organization. “As The FoodBank works toward more comprehensive solutions to hunger in our communities, connecting low-income families with tax credits, SNAP and other benefits will provide an opportunity to save and strengthen their families financial health. Ultimately, The FoodBank wants people to shop in our local stores for the food they need and make the purchasing decisions that are right for their families.”To qualify for free tax assistance, households with dependents must earn $51,000 or less, and households with no dependents must earn $30,000 or less.FoodBank representatives and volunteers will ensure that filers who are eligible will receive important tax credits that they are entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Childcare Tax Credit (CTC).In addition, The FoodBank team will connect people with other critical benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), legal assistance, Super Storm Sandy-related aid and emergency food, if needed.“The EITC is one of the largest and most successful anti-poverty programs in history,” Rodriguez said. “EITC has a proven track record of lifting families out of poverty, putting as much as $5,000 back into the pockets of working families who are living on the edges of poverty. This will not only help families, it will put money back into the local economy at a time when businesses are struggling to recover after Hurricane Sandy.”The FoodBank’s VITA program is run in partnership with the IRS, Cowan, Gunteski & Co, P.A., and the host sites, and is supported by the Robin Hood Foundation and Singlestop USA.VITA is available at the following sites now through April 15:In Monmouth County:SCAN Adult Education Center, Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FridaysLunch Break, 103 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and ThursdaysHispanic Affairs, 913 Sewall Ave., Asbury Park, from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays and ThursdaysFilers should bring all required documents including a valid photo ID; copies of previous returns; all income statements including W-2, Social Security and unemployment income; 1099 forms, birth dates and Social Security numbers for all dependents; and a check showing a bank routing number for direct deposit, if applicable.Additional information is available by contacting The FoodBank at 732-918-2600 or visit­ing read more

Voters OK $33M in Oceanport School Upgrades

first_imgThe expansions will make room for new students coming to the district, as 639 residential units are being built at the former Fort Monmouth as part of the East Gate and Liberty Walk developments. Though the student population has steadily declined over the past few years, projections show that once those children enter the school system, the demographics will about mirror the population today. There were 686 “yes” votes and 443 “no” votes among the Oceanport and Sea Bright residents. Sea Bright is a sending district for children in elementary school through 8th grade. Additionally, Wolf Hill Elementary School will get a new media center, cafeteria and connecting courtyard; six new classrooms will be added; toilet facilities will be renovated in pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, as now required by law; a new bus drop-off loop will be added; ADA-compliant spaces will be renovated; and more. In Sea Bright, 54 percent, or 58 people, were for and 45 percent, or 48 people, were against. Oceanport residents represented 90 percent of the voters. Of the 1,023 votes cast in Oceanport, 61 percent, or 628 people, voted for the referendum while 38 percent, or 395 people, voted against it. “We are so thankful to everyone who voted yesterday. This is a banner moment for our school district,” said Oceanport Schools Superintendent Anne R. Facendo. “We think of our community as being champions for the children in Oceanport and Sea Bright.” OCEANPORT – A $33 million Oceanport school referendum to bring improvements to both the Wolf Hill and Maple Place schools was approved by voters Tuesday, Dec. 10. Facendo anticipates that work will be completed over the next two to four years. School district representatives will “very quickly” sit down to start the planning phases of the job, which all must be approved by the state Department of Education. “It’s a long process. There’s a lot of moving parts to this,” she said.center_img Now both schools in the district will receive new fire sprinkler systems; fire alarm systems; secure vestibules and lockdown capabilities; safety glazing on lower level windows; camera systems; new windows; new roofing systems; flooring; classroom furnishings; mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades; new lighting fixtures; parking improvements; and gym renovations, among other features. Michelle McMullin, the school board president, said the existing school buildings have reached an “unacceptable level.” The updates will allow students to work in “21st-century buildings with ADA compliance and better fire prevention methods,” upgraded security and more. “It’s really an exciting day for both the students and the staff.” According to the district, 116 units have already been built and are occupied. As a result, the district gained 20 new students. With this in mind, the district anticipates it will receive 109 students once the rest of the residential units are built. Wolf Hill School, a 108-year-old building, will soon see renovations thanks to the approval of the school referendum Dec. 10. Maple Place Middle School, built in 1966, will also see a variety of improvements.Photo Chris Rotolo At Maple Place Middle School, the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) wing will be renovated with science labs, computer labs and more. There will also be renovations to the cafetorium, locker rooms with individual showers, media center and guidance and physical therapist/occupational therapist rooms. Along with Facendo, McMullin gave thanks to the voters, school board, administration, teachers and architects who helped make this plan a reality. “This is definitely a collaborative effort,” she said.last_img read more

Rough start for Nelson 2 at Bantam House Tourney

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNelson 2 got off to a rough start at the West Kootenay Bantam House Playoff Tournament falling to Rossland/Trail 10-2 Thursday at the Civic Arena.Nelson 2 took the early 1-0 lead but Rossland/Trail roared back to score the next seven goals en route to the lopsided victory.The game was the opening contest for the four-day tourney.Clubs from Castlegar, Beaver Valley, Kaslo, Midway, Grand Forks and Rossland/Trail joins two teams from Nelson Minor Hockey. Nelson 1 opens the tournament against Rossland/Trail 2 Friday at 6 p.m. in the Civic Centre.The remaining games for Nelson 1 are Saturday at 9:45 a.m. against Grand Forks and 1:15 p.m. Saturday against Castlegar 2.Meanwhile Nelson 2 plays Castlegar 1 Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Beaver Valley at noon.The top two teams in each of the two pools advances to Sunday’s semi finals.The final goes at 1:15 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mates pound Hour Glass in Flag Football showdown

first_imgThe showdown didn’t live up to its original billing.Dam Inn Mates scored early and often en route to crushing Nelson Hour Glass 34-6 in West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field.The game was billed as a showdown between the league’s two undefeated teams.Mates quarterback Kelly Voykin had an easy time picking apart the Hour Glass defence, connecting with four touchdown passes to Ryan Boisvert, Kyle Niminiken, Jesse Lucas and John Parker. Voykin also rushed for a major score while connecting fror two single-point conversions. The only blemish on Voykin’s was an interception.On the defensive side of the ball Nate Fedorchuk had three interceptions while Jesse lucas registered on sack for a safety.In the other game, the Brewers blasted the Castlegar Vikings in a battle of the two cellar dwellers.Action resumes Sunday at Mount Sentinel with Brewers meeting Hour Glass at 11 a.m. and Vikings playing undefeated Dam Inn Mates at 1 p.m.The Mates/Vikings contest is a rematch of last year’s league final won by Dam Inn.last_img read more

Bombers outlast Wildcats as High School Hoop season tips off

first_imgIt was a tale of two games, but the L.V. Rogers Bombers still prevailed over district rivals Mount Sentinel Wildcats in High School Senior Boy’s Basketball action Tuesday in South Slocan.The Bombers held off a late charge by the Wildcats to score a 74-64 victory as the High School Basketball season kicked off its exhibition season. LVR hit the ground running, using full-court pressure to build a 25-11 advantage after one period.However, the Wildcats kept pecking away at the lead, cutting the margin to 42-27 at recess and 49-46 after three quarters.Mount Sentinel even held a 57-54 advantage before the Bombers went on a 10-0 run to restore the lead en route to the narrow victory.LVR small forward Alan Jin led all scores with 22 points. Dylan Dixon had 12 while Leo Weiss added 10 and Brock Dixon eight.Brandon Sookeroff led the Cats with 21 points while Aaron Abrosimoff added 17 and Kai Miller 11.The Wildcats are back in action Friday when Mount Sentinel hosts the first Senior Boy’s Basketball tournament of the season. Action concludes Saturday.last_img read more

It’s time to stop asking when Buster Posey will move to first base

first_imgPosey’s offensive numbers have declined rapidly over the … SAN FRANCISCO — Toward the end of each season, Giants catcher Buster Posey, Giants manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants’ top baseball executives are all asked the same question.When will Posey, 32, give up catching and move to first base?At the end of Posey’s 10th major league season, it’s time to stop asking.“I’ve tried to always look at it even when I was hitting at an elite level that defense was a priority,” Posey said.last_img

Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton fastest in second practice

first_imgFormula One leader Lewis Hamilton ousted Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg from the top of the timesheets in Italian Grand Prix free practice on Friday.The Briton, chasing his 50th grand prix win on Sunday, enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the Monza circuit with a fastest lap of one minute 22.801 seconds on the supersoft tyres after being second to Rosberg in the morning.Rosberg quickest effort then was a 1:22.959, with the German lapping in 1:22.994 after lunch.Ferrari were best of the rest in both sessions at their home track with Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen third in the morning, but more than a second off Rosberg’s pace, while team mate Sebastian Vettel was fourth.Like the Mercedes pair, their positions were reversed in the afternoon with Vettel using the supersoft tyres to post a lap 0.453 slower than Hamilton.The Italian team have used the last of their season’s engine ‘tokens’ for a power boost at the track outside Milan after ceding second place in the championship to Red Bull.Hamilton leads Rosberg by nine points going into the last European race of the season but the triple world champion can hope to extend that on Sunday.HAMILTON EYES HAT-TRICK AT MONZAThe Briton is chasing his third successive Italian Grand Prix win, a feat that has not been achieved since the late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s.Rosberg, winner in Belgium last weekend, set his best lap of the morning on the soft tyres as did Hamilton, who was one of several drivers to have off-track excursions as they probed the limits.advertisementMcLaren’s Fernando Alonso provided the only real incident of the first session when he crawled back to the pits with a gearbox problem five minutes from the end.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, whose aggressive defending against Raikkonen at Spa last weekend is still the talk of the paddock, was eighth for Red Bull in the morning and fifth in the second session.Verstappen and McLaren’s Jenson Button started the day testing a version of the ‘halo’ head protection device attached to the cockpits of their cars.last_img read more