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

Children are being euthanised in Belgium

first_imgNZ Herald 7 August 2018Family First Comment: The 11y/o had cystic fibrosis – but treatment enables people to live to their 30’s and longer.“Everywhere else in the world, the law reflects powerful human intuitions, moral and practical: that it is wrong to abandon hope for a person so early in life, no matter the illness; that it is absurd to grant ultimate medical autonomy to someone too young to vote or legally consent to sex; and that even the best-intentioned fallible human beings should not be entrusted with such life-and-death power.”www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzDeliberately taking a small child’s life is unlawful everywhere in the world, even when the child is terminally ill and asks a doctor to end his or her suffering once and for all.There is an exception to this rule: Belgium. In 2014, that country amended its law on euthanasia, already one of the most permissive in the world, authorising doctors to terminate the life of a child, at any age, who makes the request.For a year after the law passed, no one acted on it. Now, however, euthanasia for children in Belgium is no longer just a theoretical possibility.Between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2017, Belgian physicians gave lethal injections to three children under 18, according to a July 17 report from the commission that regulates euthanasia in Belgium.The oldest of the three was 17; in that respect, Belgium was not unique, since the Netherlands permits euthanasia for children over 12.Belgian doctors, however, also ended the lives of a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old. These were the first under-12 cases anywhere, Luc Proot, a member of the Belgian commission, told me in an interview.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12102737last_img read more

Evra reveals formal apology from Liverpool after Suarez racism fallout

first_imgPatrice Evra has paid tribute to Liverpool as a “top-class club” after he received a formal apology for his treatment after Luis Suarez’s racism. “He told me he hopes it’s never too late, because this incident happened nine years ago, but I’m someone [who is] really positive. “I would say it was three days after the show, I was like ‘thank you very much, this letter has really touched my heart’. “I was really disappointed for such a big club like Liverpool to support a big cause like that. “But now I can see it’s real people, honest people working for this club and I have even more respect for Liverpool because they’re fighting against a problem of the human race. “So I was really pleased, and I just said ‘I hope you’re not going to win the league’ but that was like three months ago! “Actually, it was really important for me, and like I say, even though we have a big rivalry between us, this shows you Liverpool is a top-class club.” While it is disappointing it took almost nine years for a formal apology to be issued to Evra, it is a welcome end to a row that has clouded the club. Read Also:Enjoy this clip – Patrice Evra + Pogba playful moments… Liverpool have worked tirelessly to improve their operations on and off the pitch, and the influence of Moore as a compassionate representative of the city’s people has been vital. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Evra was subject to racist abuse from Suarez during the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Man United in 2011, with the Uruguayan receiving an eight-game ban. But in the wake of the incident, Kenny Dalglish’s squad wore ‘Suarez 7′ shirts in their warmup to support the absent striker, with no acceptance of wrongdoing at the time. Back in October, Evra discussed the situation during an appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, with Jamie Carragher apologising in the studio, conceding the club “got it massively wrong.” And ahead of United’s visit to Anfield on Sunday, the Frenchman revealed in his appearance on Super Sunday that Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore had issued him an apology.“I received a personal letter from Peter Moore. He said he hopes it’s never too late. Now I see it’s real honest people working for this club.” Patrice Evra reveals Liverpool sent him an apology for the handling of the Suarez-racism row, after his last Super Sunday appearance. “First of all, I was really pleased that [people] like Jamie Carragher apologised,” he said. “And, of course, I received a personal letter from Peter Moore, and I was really touched about it. Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The World6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Crisis Hits Argentina Camp ahead of Clash with Nigeria

first_imgAt the post-match press conference immediately after the loss to Croatia, Aguero was in no mood whatsoever to hang around the team as he stormed out of his very brief and heated interview.“Let him say what he wants,” said Aguero in a caustic manner to reporters in apparent reference to Sampaoli’s defence of his poor tactics that failed woefully to unlock the Croatian defence.With Argentina on the brink of World Cup elimination from the group stage of the Mundial here in Russia, Sampaoli admitted that his ‘project has failed’ and that he struggled to find a system to get the best out of Lionel Messi and Co.Sampaoli refused to blame Messi for the inability of Argentina to pick a point from the match.He also took the blame as he tried to deflect the criticism from a terrible goalkeeping mistake by Willy Caballero who gifted Ante Rebic for Croatia’s first goal.“It’s not right to blame Caballero,” said Sampaoli, looking bemused during his post-match news conference.“If I’d planned things differently, it would have worked out differently. I honestly thought the plan for this match was going to put pressure on the opponent. But after the disaster of the first goal, it was tough, we were lost emotionally.“Our driving force is Leo, but we couldn’t find him. We work as a team to get the ball to Leo, but also the other team works to avoid that.“There is shame, pain, at not delivering for the Argentine people. It’s been a long time since I felt like this, and now it’s happening with the shirt of my own country. It hurts badly.“It’s not the boss’s partial responsibility, it’s his total responsibility,” said Sampaoli, after presiding over Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the World Cup group stage since 1958, a result that saw Croatia qualify for the last 16.Third in Group D with one point after two games, Argentina is now struggling to scrape into the second round and an exit at this stage would be humiliating for a team of their stature.Croatia qualified from their group with a match to spare thanks to goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.If Argentina goes ahead to fire Sampaoli because of the poor show here, he will become the third Argentine coach sacked during their troubled qualification phase – Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza.Lloris Savouring His Century for FranceImperious during France’s second game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Hugo Lloris rode to his team’s rescue during the first half against Peru. It was a familiar sight, the goalkeeper having also averted disaster against Australia at almost the exact same moment in the match. But while he went on to concede a penalty against the Socceroos, this time Lloris held firm until the final whistle.How important that clean sheet proved. Not only did he help Les Bleus book their spot in the Round of 16, the France captain also found the perfect way to celebrate a personal landmark – his 100th international cap. “I feel good,” he explained afterwards, before turning his focus to the team’s performance. “Together we were very solid and aggressive, and we stood up to Peru’s pressing. That was our platform.”Lloris played his own role, of course, and he admitted to feeling moved by reaching his century. “On a personal level, I couldn’t have this enjoyed this 100th appearance more,” he said, having also worn the captain’s armband a record 76 times. “Despite that, for me it was like any other game: you have to put that to one side when you’re on the pitch. I stayed focused, professional, and my only motivation was to win and give everything for the team.”Modest to a fault, the former Lyon custodian has never enjoyed being the centre of attention and at 31 years of age, with a decade in the France line-up behind him, he is clearly not about to change. Instead, he quickly shifted the spotlight back onto his team’s display: “We were able to make the difference with our goal and then we managed to control the game. I’m very satisfied.”Enough to maybe speak a little more about his own achievement? It was worth one last try, with a prompt to discuss his longevity, consistency and strengths. What, in short, is Lloris’s secret? “Hard work,” he replied, possibly to nobody’s great surprise. “It’s always a question of hard work … and challenging yourself as well.”That combination has allowed Lloris to make France’s No1 shirt his own since 2008. As the years roll on, however, he will eventually have to pass on the gloves – and he already has advice for any future challengers. “You have to learn to savour it,” explained the Nice academy graduate. “It flies by. To represent your country is an opportunity and a privilege, and you have to tell yourself that and repeat it because the years go by so quickly in football. It’s not enough to just be in the team: you have to stay there for as long as possible.”The France captain has done just that for the last ten years, providing an obstacle at the back with solid performances and decisive saves. And he served another potent reminder of his worth by thwarting Paolo Guerrero with his feet against Peru, preventing a goal that could have changed the course of the game.“Hugo deserves his record and it’s great that he was able to celebrate it without conceding,” added Olivier Giroud, quick to congratulate his skipper and give us his thoughts on a superb milestone. “He was very good once again this evening.” The rest of his team-mates – and a grateful nation – would no doubt concur.SuperSport Launches New World Cup Shows for DStv, GOtv SubscribersDStv and GOtv subscribers will have access to new top-notch shows and more gateways to the glamour of the ongoing FIFA World Cup on SuperSport.The new shows will ensure that DStv and GOtv subscribers do not miss a single action on or off the pitch.Lifestyle magazine show, From Russia with Love will showcase sights and sounds of the World Cup in Russia and transport it back home to Africa. The show, which runs on weekends, will be anchored by Minnie Dlamini, Thato Moeng alongside Nigeria’s Charles Anazodo.There will also be daily one-hour news special on weekdays at 6 am on SuperSport Blitz. The latest fixtures, updates from the Nigerian camp and new stories will be provided by Julia Stuart, Crystal Arnold, Lucas Radebe alongside former Russian league stars, Matthew Booth and Stanton Fredericks.Also on Saturdays at 9am on SuperSport 3, Mozez Praiz will host FanFest, the show that gives fans the voice. Subscribers can also look forward to a 360-degree breakdown of the on-field action on Master Plan, a show that focuses on strategic and tactical analysis. It has former Northern Ireland World Cup player, Andy Townsend, in the driving seat.The broadcast experience is completed by Insights, which is set against the backdrop of different destinations. It is hosted by former Manchester United star, Phil Neville. The show will feature in-depth chats with ex-footballers and focus on tactics, injuries and goals.SuperSport will also deliver the first-ever live-streamed soccer show on Facebook. Called On The Ball, the fan-focused show will tap into the drama of the FIFA World Cup and look at the lighter side of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro Ikhazuagbe in VolgogradArgentina camp here at the FIFA World Cup in Russia is in turmoil. The reason for the crisis is the 3-0 defeat handed out to the Albiceleste by Croatia on Thursday night to narrow the chances of the South American nation making it to the knockout stage a difficult one.Now, with Argentina’s last Group D game against Nigeria on Tuesday a difficult battle ahead, Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero, has hit out at Coach Jorge Sampaoli, insisting he can take a walk from the team he has mismanaged.last_img read more

2014 WC : Brazil to investigate hotel price hike

first_imgThe government in Brazil says they will investigate whether FIFA’s official accommodation agency was involved in “cartel” practices that may lead to hotel price hikes during the 2014 World Cup.The government announced Thursday that a committee recently created to monitor excessive price rises during the World Cup will check whether the actions by MATCH Services “can be characterized as cartel.”ReservationsThe committee will analyze the hotel reservations made by MATCH in the 12 World Cup host cities to check if they affect market prices. Government officials said they also will meet with the airline industry next week to make sure there are no excessive hikes in travel prices during next year’s tournament.Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff created the monitoring committee following complaints by consumer advocates and amid reports of outrageous price increases in the tourism sector projected during the World Cup. A study by Brazil’s tourism board earlier this year showed that some hotel rates will be up to 500 percent more expensive during the month-long tournament in some hotels offered by the FIFA-appointed agency.The government wants to know how many rooms MATCH has reserved in the host cities because, according to Brazilian legislation, anything more than 20 percent of the local market can be considered a cartel. The probe of MATCH’s practices and the start of discussions with the airlines were among some of responsibilities given to the committee after a meeting in Brasilia on Thursday. The committee will also be in charge of mapping out the prices and the quality of services in hotels, restaurants and airports. MATCH and FIFA did not immediately answer a request for comment, but have previously denied all accusations of wrongdoing.AgreementMATCH reached agreement with nearly 800 hotels in Brazil soon after the country was picked in 2007 to host the 2014 World Cup. The Swiss-based company says it does not regulate prices and notes that charges are set by the hotel owners and other tourism stakeholders.Tourism projections estimate nearly 600,000 foreigners and some 3 million Brazilians are expected to move around the country during the World Cup that next June.last_img read more