Sporting coach admits Man Utd target Fernandes could leave

first_imgSporting head coach Marcel Keizer is not sure whether star midfielder Bruno Fernandes will remain at the club amid strong links to Manchester United.Fernandes has been tipped to join the Red Devils throughout the transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild his squad after a difficult campaign last time out.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have already signed on at Old Trafford but it is believed Solskjaer wants at least one more player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As a result, talk of a switch to Old Trafford for Fernandes has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.The midfielder’s reaction at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Valencia also seemingly offered a hint about his future.The Sporting captain appeared to be in tears in front of his own fans in Lisbon, prompting talk of an imminent departure.Asked about Fernandes – who was in the starting line-up – Keizer admitted he was in the dark about his future.”We’ll see if we can keep our players and then we’ll see what we do,” he told reporters after the game.”I hope he [Fernandes] stays, of course, like everyone else at Sporting, but we don’t know.”Fernandes, who joined from Sampdoria in 2017, has attracted the interest of a number of European clubs after an outstanding campaign for Sporting last year.The 24-year-old scored 31 goals in all competitions and supplied 17 assists as Sporting won two domestic trophies as well as finishing third in Primeira Liga.Reports in Portugal have claimed United are preparing a bid in the region of £56m ($70m) for Fernandes.However, Sporting president Frederico Varandas has been quoted as saying that Fernandes would only be sold for a fee above that figure, meaning there needs to be some tough negotiations ahead if he is to end up at Old Trafford.When asked about Fernandes’ future, Sporting team-mate Luciano Vietto admitted he hopes the former Udinese man will not be tempted away.”He is the most important player of our team; I hope he will continue,” said Vietto, who joined Sporting from Atletico Madrid this month.last_img read more

UN marks day of solidarity with Palestinian people

“Today, throughout the world, people hope that a new chance for peace may be around the corner,” said Mr. Annan in remarks to a solemn meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. “That opportunity must not be let pass.” Noting that over the past four years, bloodshed and chaos in the Middle East continued without respite, the Secretary-General said the Palestinians have endured a “dismal existence of grinding poverty and dispossession.” “But they have not been good years for Israelis either. They too have borne great loss. They too need security,” he added. Voicing his belief that the Road Map “still embodies a path to peace,” Mr. Annan said he was hopeful that Israel’s disengagement plan would help renew peace efforts leading to the end of the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as the Gaza Strip, and paving the way for “a sovereign, democratic and contiguous Palestinian state, living side by side in peace with Israel.” He said the memory of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, who died earlier this month, should serve as an inspiration to unite and strengthen the Palestinian people in their efforts to realize their national aspirations to statehood and self-determination through peaceful means. Nasser Al-Kidwa, the Permanent Observer for Palestine, read a message from Mahmoud Abbas, newly-appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which stated that while the Palestinian people had experienced widespread sadness at the passing of Mr. Arafat, they and their leadership had responded to their tragic loss in a civilized, orderly manner with a smooth and peaceful transition of power. The Committee’s Chairman, Ambassador Paul Badji of Senegal, noted that although the State of Israel had been proclaimed without delay following the termination of the mandate for Palestine, the Arab State meant for the Palestinians had yet to come into existence. The Palestinian people had endured long years of warfare, expulsion and occupation, and it was President Arafat who had given them an identity that the world could no longer ignore. The Committee also heard from General Assembly President Jean Ping of Gabon and the Security Council President for November, Ambassador John Danforth of the United States. As part of the Day’s activities, the Committee, in cooperation with the Palestinian Mission to the UN, organized a cultural exhibit entitled “Steadfast in Palestine.” It also arranged for the screening of two films entitled “In the Name of Security” and “The Wall.” read more