Jan Vertonghen says coronavirus has made him ‘more coveted’ on free transfer

first_img2JAN VERTONGHEN claims the horrific coronavirus pandemic has made him ‘more coveted’ as a player.The Belgian international defender is out of contract at Spurs this summer and seems certain to leave after eight years in north London.2 Jan Vertonghen has made 19 appearances in the Premier League this seasonCredit: PA:Press Association⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesAnd he believes the imminent collapse of the transfer market will make him one of football’s hottest properties.Vertonghen, 33 today, said: “The coronavirus lockdown has brought a lot of uncertainty to the transfer market and, strangely enough, it has had a positive effect on interest in players who are out of contract.“A lot of clubs don’t have the money to do transfers so players like me, who are free, are more coveted than ever before.“Since January a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals for next season and I really want to continue at the top level for a few years more.“I’d like to play European football next season and though the Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious markets for me, I will keep all my options open.”Vertonghen, who cost Spurs £8million when he joined from Ajax in 2012, has not ruled out extending his stay at the club.He added: “I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs or another club.”But Vertonghen wants a two-year contract and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is only willing to offer him a 12-month deal, which has opened the door for Inter Milan to move to the head of the queue.Speaking in a video call to Play Sports in Belgium, Vertonghen said he was certain he had not played his last game for Spurs and confident the Premier League season will eventually be completed.But he admitted it could put a strain on family life if top-flight stars are quarantined together while playing out the remaining 92 games.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealLATEST SPORT NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAWAY DAYSMartin Skelly remembers county’s day in the sun when Dublin rocked into townBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHe said: “They will do everything to finish the competition and people here are even considering quarantining the players, coaches and referees for five weeks to finish the games.“It would be like a mini-World Cup, which would be quite dramatic for a family man like me.“But money talks and players have little say about this.”CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Tottenham ask sacked Pochettino to take pay cut on severance package due to coronavirus shutdownlast_img read more

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Champions Trophy: India to take on New Zealand in opening warm-up

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL The two warm-up games will help the ‘Men In Blue’ get back into the 50-over groove Team India members on arrival in England on Thursday for the Champions Trophy on May 25, 2017.   –  Special Arrangement 2/2 1/2 Team India members on arrival in England on Thursday for the Champions Trophy on May 25, 2017.   –  Special Arrangement India captain Virat Kohli poses with the ICC Champions Trophy during the press conference.   –  Reuters Published on Team India members on arrival in England on Thursday for the Champions Trophy on May 25, 2017.   –  Special Arrangement × COMMENT Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be in focus alongside speedster Mohammed Shami when defending champions India take on New Zealand tomorrow in their opening warm-up game ahead of the Champions Trophy here.After a hectic six weeks of Indian Premier League (IPL), the two warm-up games will help the ‘Men In Blue’ get back into the 50-over groove and the emphasis will be on team combination moving into the tournament-proper.India last played an ODI against England, back in January this year.Since the match doesn’t have official status, all 15 members in the squad will get a chance to play. All eyes will be on Ashwin as he is coming from a two-month break after the BCCI wanted him to opt out of the IPL in order to recover from fatigue after playing all 13 Tests in a gruelling home season.The warm-up matches will provide Ashwin with much-needed game time as he fights for his place with Ravindra Jadeja in case the team management decides to go with one specialist spinner in the playing XI.It will be a good opportunity for Ashwin to test his skills against the likes of Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, and Tom Latham on a placid Oval track where 300 plus is considered to be a par score.Ashwin has not exactly had a great time in white ball cricket but the Tamil Nadu off-spinner had recently said that he is ready with a bagful of new tricks for the Champions Trophy. One can expect him to try out new variations in these warm-up games.Another bowler who is expected to bowl a few overs is Shami. He has not played 50-over cricket for India since the World Cup semi-final in Sydney, back in 2015.A fit Shami is an asset with his ability to work up brisk pace, swing the ball both ways and hit the blockhole. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah along with Hardik Pandya looking good to make it to the playing XI in India’s tournament-opener against Pakistan, Shami would look to make a case for himself.Among the batsmen, Rohit Sharma will again be batting at the top of the order after not opening the innings for Mumbai Indians during the entire IPL.While it’s a different format, Rohit will certainly need to make some mental adjustments of facing the new ball first-up.He had played a couple of Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for Mumbai after recuperating from a hamstring surgery but that was also more than two and half months back.Shikhar Dhawan has been lucky to get a look-in considering Lokesh Rahul had a shoulder surgery. Dhawan, who was adjudged the ‘Best Batsman’ during the 2013 edition, would like to once again cement his place atleast in the limited overs squad.Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee and Trent Boult make up for a very potent seam attack in any conditions — something skipper Virat Kohli would fancy as he is slowly getting back to form.The middle-order trio of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav will also seek to gain requisite confidence before the game against Pakistan on June 4.Squads SHARE India captain Virat Kohli poses with the ICC Champions Trophy during the press conference.   –  Reuters May 27, 2017 India captain Virat Kohli poses with the ICC Champions Trophy during the press conference.   –  Reuters India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Jasprit BumrahNew Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi (wk), Neil Broom, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Jeetan Patel, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult. cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

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GDC CANDIDATE ESCAPES DEATH

first_imgBy Mustapha Jallow Reports have it that the candidate for the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) Ebrima Nyang for the constituency of Latrikunda Sabiji was attacked by an assailant armed with a knife just two days before the election.He escaped death after armed men rushed to the place where the candidate holding a meeting in Latri-Kunda Sabiji, a source reaching Foroyaa adds.When contacted Inpesctor Foday Conta, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Police, confirmed the report and said that  the attack occurred on Tuesday, 4th April 2017, when one Saikou Camara,  29-year-old and a native of the same area was armed with a knife and went to attend a political meeting of Ebrima  Nyang of GDC.According to PRO Conta, the suspect Saikou attempted to stab Mr.  Nyang but it was detected by GDC supporters who apprehended and escorted him to Bundung Police Station .He added that a case file has been opened for investigation to ascertain what had motived the suspect to arm himself with a knife and that preliminary investigation reveals that Camara was acting alone and was not affiliated to any political party as rumoured earlier.“The office of the IGP urges the general public to be law abiding. That the public is hereby reminded that there is law and order in the Gambia and the police will do everything humanly possible to enforce it to the letter. Anyone found wanting will be dealt with according to the law,” he continues to remind the general public.last_img read more

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