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Trump spokesman sparks outcry by comparing Assad to Hitler

WASHINGTON ( ) – White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar on Tuesday by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons. He apologized after his comments drew immediate criticism on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

Spicer made the assertion at a daily news briefing, during a discussion about the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 87 people. Washington has blamed the attack on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said when asked about Russia’s alliance with the Syrian government.

The Nazis murdered six million Jews during World War Two. Many Jews as well as others were killed in gas chambers in European concentration camps.

When a reporter asked Spicer if he wanted to clarify his comments, he said: “I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”

Later on Tuesday, Spicer apologized and said he should not have made that comparison.

“It was a mistake. I shouldn’t have done it and I won’t do it again,” Spicer told CNN in an interview. “It was inappropriate and insensitive.”

Spicer’s assertion, made during the Jewish holiday of Passover, sparked instant outrage on social media and from some Holocaust memorial groups who accused him of minimizing Hitler’s crimes.

“Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once,” said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Shortly after the White House briefing, Spicer emailed a statement to reporters in response to their queries, but had stopped short of offering an explicit apology.

“In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable,” Spicer said in the statement.

The U.S. Holocaust Museum did not mention Spicer’s comments directly, but sent out a tweet shortly after the briefing that showed graphic footage of dead bodies U.S. forces found while liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp.

The video was retweeted more than a thousand times, with many Twitter users referencing Spicer’s comments.

U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Republican President Donald Trump to reject Spicer’s assertion.

“Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements,” Pelosi said in a statement.

The White House did not immediately respond when asked to comment on Pelosi’s statement.

It was not the first time the White House has had to answer questions about the Holocaust. Critics in January noted the administration’s sta上海夜生活网tement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted any mention of Jewish victims.

At the time, Spicer defended that statement by saying it had been written in part by a Jewish staff member whose family members had survived the Holocaust.

Mexico holds off Trump’s fire but seen vulnerable to new pressure

MEXICO CITY ( ) – Mexico avoided the most extreme immigration concession sought by U.S. President Donald Trump in the deal reached to fend off threatened tariffs, but it is left even weaker than before in the face of potential new pressure from Trump as he formally kicks off his re-election campaign this month.

Under the deal reached on Friday, Mexico agreed to use a large part of its newly formed National Guard to hold back immigrants crossing from Guatemala, and to take in possibly tens of thousands of people seeking asylum in the United States while their cases are adjudicated.

Led by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, negotiators in Washington resisted Trump’s core demand that Mexico be declared a safe third country, a classification that would oblige Central Americans crossing through Mexico to seek safe haven there, not the United States.

But the two sides agree more action could be taken if within 90 days the measures do not have the desired result of drastically bringing down the numbers of undocumented migrants reaching the U.S. border from levels that are at a more-than-decade high. Last month alone 132,000 were apprehended by U.S. authorities.

Former World Trade Organization head Pascal Lamy called Trump’s approach to coercing its neighbor and ally “hostage-taking,” reflecting widely held concerns in Mexico that the U.S. president will come back with more threats to extract greater concessions.

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Those fears are sharpened because Trump has used Mexico-bashing to fire up his base on repeated occasions since kicking off his first campaign for the White House in 2015. All signs are that he intends to keep the focus on immigration and cross-border issues in his second-term campaign, which officially launches on June 18.

“We think the threats, demands and Trump tweets against Mexico will continue, especially because it’s all tied up with the politics of the 2020 election,” said Gabriela Siller, an economist at Mexican bank Banco Base.

Siller expects the peso currency to rise when markets open on Monday on relief that a trade war has been averted, but she said the uptick could be short-lived. The peso, which had been pummeled in recent months on fears over a trade war, on Friday strengthened 0.5% after Trump tweeted that there was a “good chance” a deal would be reached with Mexico.

“A SURRENDER”

Vicente Fox, a former Mexican president and long-term critic of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, tweeted that by allowing the United States to dictate how, for example, Mexico uses its security forces, the government has already ceded some of its sovereignty.

That sentiment was echoed by center-left politician Angel Avila, on the other side of the political aisle from Fox, who called the deal “a surrender.”

“Mexico shouldn’t militarize its southern border,” said Avila, who heads the Party of the Democratic Revolution.

Others, however, think Lopez Obrador had little choice beyond giving some ground in the negotiations, because the threatened tariffs would have caused economic devastation in Mexico, whose economy contracted in the first quarter of this year.

Francisco Labastida, a former presidential candidate, said the scale of the current immigration crisis was a threat to Mexico itself, and action was needed regardless of Trump.

“Mexico would have had to change its migration policy for its own reasons due to national security,” he said, arguing that current numbers are unmanageable.

Carlos Pascual, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, praised the deal as preferable to the downward spiral of a tit-for-tat trade war, but acknowledged it left Mexico open to further pressure.

“Mexico is weak economically and it’s always going to be vulnerable if the United States is willing to use economic policy to enforce national security policy,” he said.

“There’s no doubt this leaves a Damocles sword hanging over Lopez Obrador’s head,” he said, invoking 上海夜生活网a metaphor that describes an ever-present peril.

(This story has been refiled to correct spelling of Mexican foreign minister in 3rd paragraph)

METALS-Copper stumbles towards eighth consecutive weekly loss

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By Peter Hobson

LONDON, June 7 ( ) – Copper prices were set for their eighth straight weekly fall after trade disputes, signs of slowing global economic growth and disappointing U.S. jobs data weakened the demand outlook for metals.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) traded down 0.2% at $5,799 a tonne in closing rings, down 0.5% this week.

Copper has fallen by about 14% from an April high of $6,608.50 after hopes of a quick U.S.-China trade 上海夜生活网deal faded and U.S. President Donald Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican goods.

A run of poor economic data continued on Friday with figures showing a sharp slowdown in U.S. jobs growth.

An increase in risk appetite among investors this week has lifted global stock markets from recent lows and helped to support copper prices, said Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen.

“But we are not out of the woods yet,” he said. “We need to see data reducing recession fears or implying lower supply (of copper). Until we see that, copper is likely to struggle.”

CHINA HOLIDAY: Volumes were subdued, with Chinese markets closed for the Dragon Boat Festival.

TRADE WAR: President Trump said he would decide whether to impose tariffs on at least $300 billion of Chinese goods after a meeting of G20 nations later this month.

Washington has, however, granted Chinese exporters two more weeks before imposing a set of previously announced tariffs.

MEXICO: U.S.-Mexico talks were set to resume on Friday as Mexican officials push to avert U.S. tariffs due to take effect next week.

CHINA STIMULUS: China, the largest consumer of metals, announced measures to revive slumping car sales. The governor of its central bank said there was “tremendous” room to make adjustments if the China-U.S. trade war worsens.

GERMANY: Industrial output and exports fell sharply in April.

DOLLAR: The dollar was heading for its biggest weekly fall since February 2018, helping metals by making them cheaper for buyers with other currencies.

POSITIONING: Speculators’ net short position in LME copper has expanded to 9.8% of active contracts – the largest since September, according to broker Marex Spectron.

CODELCO: Unions at Chile’s huge Chuquicamata copper mine agreed to extend negotiations with operator Codelco in the hope of averting a strike.

LEAD: LME lead closed down 3.1% at $1,832 a tonne but was up about 1.5% on the week after a major smelter halted production and declared force majeure.

LEAD SPREAD/STOCKS: The premium for cash lead over the three-month contract MPB0-3 fell to $11 from a more than two-year high of $39 earlier this week. A premium suggests tight nearby supply. MPBSTX-TOTAL

OTHER METALS: LME aluminium finished down 0.7% at $1,764 a tonne, zinc closed 0.7% lower at $2,484 and tin slipped 0.1% to $19,225.

Nickel was not included in closing rings but was down 0.5% at $11,620 in electronic trading.

All but tin were down this week.

Japan’s wage tumble overshadows spending growth, keeps BOJ under pressure

TOKYO ( ) – Japan’s household spending rose more than expected in March but real wages tumbled the most in nearly four years, dashing hopes consumer sector activity may soften the blow from external factors such as global trade conflicts.

The data add to recent weak signs in the export-reliant economy, which has been hit by slumping shipments to China and soft factory output, and cast doubt on the Bank of Japan’s view that growth will rebound in the second half of this year.

Fading recovery prospects were among key topics of debate at the BOJ’s rate review in April, with one board member warning that a scheduled sales tax hike in October and soft global demand could push the country into recession, a summary of the meeting showed on Friday.

“Given the current level of the unemployment rate, wages should be growing by a上海夜生活论坛round 1 percent and we expect a rebound in working hours to provide a tailwind over coming months,” said Marcel Thieliant, senior Japan economist at Capital Economics.

“But as economic activity remains weak and the labor market slackens, we expect wage growth to keep falling short of last year’s strong gains.”

Household spending gained 2.1 percent from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, rising for the fourth straight month and beating market forecasts for a 1.7 percent increase.

But separate data showed inflation-adjusted real wages fell 2.5 percent in March from a year earlier, the biggest decline since 2015, casting doubt about the resilience of consumption.

The data underlines the challenge policymakers face in breaking Japan’s sticky deflationary mindset, which discourages firms from raising prices for fear of scaring away households who have become accustomed to tepid price and wage growth.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have risen after a major setback in negotiations this week, dashing the BOJ’s hopes that apparent progress in the negotiations in recent months would help global growth rebound in the second half of this year.

The modest rise in household spending, however, may help Japan’s economy avert a contraction in January-March. The gross domestic product (GDP) data is due for release on May 20.

Some analysts have said a weak GDP data could heighten calls from politicians for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put off a twice-delayed increase in the sales tax rate to 10 percent from 8 percent in October.

“There’s a chance the economy may see flat or slightly positive growth thanks to stronger-than-expected household spending,” said Hiroaki Mutou, chief economist at Tokai Tokyo Research Institute.

“I don’t think the government will postpone the sales tax hike if the economy shows a small growth, or even a slight contraction,” he said.

Abe and his ministers have consistently said they will proceed with the tax hike unless the economy is hit by a shock of the scale of the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

PRECIOUS-Palladium soars to record, gold moves back up above $1,300/oz

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* Palladium hits record high of $1,567.50/oz

* Gold eyes second straight weekly gain

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By Arijit Bose and Karthika Suresh Namboothiri

March 15 ( ) – Palladium set a fresh record high on Friday amid expectations that China’s economic stimulus would drive demand for the autocatalyst metal, while news that Russia may ban exports of precious metal scraps compounded worries of a supply deficit.

Gold also rebounded, moving back above $1,300 an ounce, as the dollar dipped on weak U.S. economic data.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing was open to additional monetary policy measures to support economic growth this year.

Spot palladium surged to a record $1,567.5 an ounce earlier in the session. As of 1:42 p.m. EDT (1742 GMT), the precious metal was trading 0.3 percent higher at $1,562.上海夜生活39 per ounce.

“The announcement of specific stimulus measures helped sentiment in China, which arguably is the global marginal consumer in automobiles, helping palladium climb quietly to new highs,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

“There is (also) some concern that talk of possible scrap metal export ban in Russia could impact already extremely stretched palladium supplies,” Wong added.

With the intention of promoting domestic refining of materials, Russia’s trade and industry ministry is considering banning exports of precious metals scrap and tailings from the country, the world’s largest producer of palladium, local newspaper Kommersant reported.

The price of the metal, used mainly in emissions-reducing catalysts for vehicles, has risen almost 90 percent from a trough in mid-August last year and is up about 24 percent so far in 2019.

“Palladium is starting to reach lofty levels off of which it could correct a bit in the short term,” said David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures.

Meanwhile, gold rebounded following the previous session’s decline, gaining 0.5 percent to $1,302.62 an ounce en route to its second straight weekly rise.

U.S. gold futures settled 0.6 percent higher at $1,302.90 an ounce.

Fueling gold’s advance, the dollar fell against its rivals, weighed down by weak manufacturing and factory output data, ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting next week expected to shed more light on the outlook for U.S. interest rates.

“For gold, whether it closes above or below $1,300 will help determine sentiment early next week before focus moves to the new Fed dot plot,” said BMO’s Wong.

Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion and weigh on the dollar. In other precious metals, silver gained nearly 1 percent to $15.31 per ounce, and platinum jumped 1 percent to $826.40.

In a potentially bearish development for the dollar, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported representatives from Beijing and Washington had made some progress on trade in a call held on Thursday.

The dollar has been preferred by investors as a safe haven amid deteriorating trade relations between the two countries.

All Americans would pay some income tax under Republican Jindal’s plan: WSJ

( ) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, trying to revive his ailing Republican presidential bid, will unveil a tax plan on Wednesday whose goal is to make all citizens pay at least some federal income taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

“If we have generations of Americans who never pay any taxes, it will be very easy for them to turn a blind eye to absurd government spending and to continue to allow our government to bankrupt our nation,” Jindal said in a written statement, according to the Journal.

The Tax Policy Center estimates that 45.3 percent of households will pay no federal income taxes this year. Roughly half do not make enough money and the others qualify for deductions and credits that reduce their tax burden to zero, the newspaper said.

Jindal will announce his plan in Iowa, the Journal reported. Iowa holds the first contest to choose the Republican nominee for the November 2016 presidential election.

Jindal’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request from for comment.

The 44-year-old governor is lagging badly in opinion polls. A Real Clear Politics average of recent polls shows him with 0.6 percent support, near the bottom of a crowded Republican field.

Jindal’s plan seeks to compress the current seven income tax brackets to three, with those in the lowest rung paying a 2 percent rate, the Journal reported.

It would also eliminate most deductions, including those that allow millions to pay nothing in federal income taxes, the newspaper said.

Jindal’s proposal takes a different approach from those of several of his Republican rivals.

Businessman Donald Trump, the front-runner in the Republican race, announced a plan last month in which individuals earning less than $25,000 a year a上海夜生活论坛nd married couples earning under $50,000 would pay no income tax.

Candidate Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, proposed a tax plan last month that he said would eliminate income taxes for roughly 15 million more people.

Jindal wants to eliminate corporate taxes, the estate tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax, as well as all the taxes in the Affordable Care Act, the Journal said.

He would scrap itemized deductions, except for some of the biggest and politically sensitive, such as those for charitable contributions and mortgage interest, the newspaper said.

Jindal estimates his changes would reduce federal tax revenue by 22 percent over 10 years, the Journal reported.

Manchester City target Laporte

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has now become subject of a club-record £57m deal for Premier League side Man上海夜生活论坛chester City.

According to the BBC, the 23 year old Frenchman has been long admired by Manchester City Pepe Guardiola and the club now appear to be willing to meet the release clause for the centre-back. No deal has yet to be concluded but the transfer is expected to be completed before Wednesday’s transfer windows deadline.

Should the transfer be made it will eclipsed the record fee that City paid for midfielder Kevin de Bruyne back in 2015.

Laporte joined Bilbao at the tender age of 16 and has gone on to score 10 goals in 222 appearances for the Basque club and is regarded as one of La Liga’s most promising young defender’s. He has yet to feature for the senior side on French national squad, but has featured 19 times for France at under-21 level.Opinion: Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot at FC Barcelona Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Due to his level of success at River Plate, we will tell you why Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot to coach FC Barcelona in…

With the questionable fitness of skipper Vincent Kompany and the evident lack of confidence Guardiola appears to have in Eliaquim Mangala, Laporte’s timely arrival will certainty provide Guardiola a valuable option in central defence.

Also being linked to City is West Brom captain Jonny Evans. But it appears more likely that Evans will move to either Arsenal or Leicester City, as it appears City will only make a move should Mangala leave before the January transfer window closes.

Allardyce insisted that he can’t influence Barkley’s future

Ross Barkley is said to leave Everton – and his manager, Sam Allardyce, insisted that the future of the young Englis上海夜生活hman is in his very own hands and it’s up to him whether he will decide to stay or to try something new.

Barkley’s contract is about to expire the upcoming summer and Sam Allardyce insisted that he wants to keep him at the club – but he also knows that he will have a very little influence on that. This decision is entirely up to the youngster and his future is insecure – Arsenal and Tottenham have been said to be interested in bringing him and they are expected to renew their interest this winter.

The former Crystal Palace coach spoke about his unclear situation as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I don’t think it’s in our hands at the minute, it’s in Ross’ hands I think. He knows the door is open if he wants to talk about staying. It’s never going to be the case where the door is going to be shut, it’s always going to be open. Whether he chooses that route or not will determine what happens. Who knows in January?”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

The manager also knows that Everton have to continue working hard: “Not at all. There’s 20 games to go and 20 games where we have to try and continue our run of being undefeated if that’s possible and to try and pick up as many points as we can.”

In the end, Sam Allardyce claimed that there is still a room for improvement: “There’s no room for complacency, I said that before the Swansea game, we certainly saw that with our first-half performance when we nearly came in at one-nil down and we had not played that well. There’s still a long way for us to develop and play and get better. While the results have been the most important thing and made us very comfortable, our performances I hope are going to improve week in, week out.”

Mata doesn’t consider the Bristol defeat to be a tragedy

Juan Mata insis上海夜生活ted that his teammates and he have to move on and forget about their latest 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup match –  and the Spaniard doesn’t consider it to be a tragedy.

Korey Smith scored in the dying minuted to give a surprising win to the home side – and Manchester United were stunned by the performance of Bristol City away from home. Mata admitted that it was a huge disappointment for him and his side but he insisted that they need to focus on the upcoming matches and try to have a successful season in the end.

The former Chelsea and Valencia player spoke about this painful defeat as he said, according to Sky Sports: “When you play for a club like Manchester United every defeat is a massive blow for everyone. For the fans, for you but especially for us. We suffer when we don’t win because there’s such a high standard in this football club to try and win every game.”Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

He continued by adding that they want to win every single game but it’s just impossible: “But we need to understand that defeat is part of sport and part of football and it can happen so it’s not a tragedy. It’s not good at all, but we need to move on and accept it as a part of football and keep moving. Obviously, we would like to win every single game and we would like to try to do so until the end of the season.”

In the end, Juan Mata insisted that there is still a lot to fight for this season: “It was a competition that we won in February, it was a good way to face the start of the season lifting that trophy at Wembley. We haven’t been able to do it this season but we need to move on and we have other competitions to play for. Hopefully, we can still go to Wembley in the FA Cup, we are playing in the Champions League where we play Seville and there’s still many games to go.”

Lovren: “We have to keep going”

Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool centre-back, spoke about feelings that he has while playing for the Reds – and he insisted that it’s a great pleasure to play together with these great players.

Liverpool have been unbeaten for nine matches currently and the Croat is certain that this great form will remain at Anfield for a longer period of time – he also insisted that it’s great to watch the attacking force of the team from the pitch as Sadio Mané, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have all been in a great shape recently.

The former Southampton defender spoke about his feelings as he said, according to liverpoolfc.com: “It’s brilliant at the moment. It’s a great pleasure to be in the dressing room now and to enjoy every moment with the team. Also, around the club, I think everyone feels confident and when yo上海夜生活网u meet fans on the street, everyone is smiling, happy and can’t wait for the next game.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that the team have to keep the momentum going: “It’s a good moment, but the most important thing is that we need to keep this moment going on. That’s difficult, but I think we can do it. We’ve shown many times when we’ve needed to show it that we are a team full of players with character. This is what is pushing us on and hopefully, it will stay like that.”

Dejan Lovren, in the end, praised the attackers for being really unpredictable in front of the opposition’s goal: “We are in a good moment when we are doing our tactical things, defensively all together, and then when we have the ball, we are so quick on the counter-attack; with this speed and all of these different movements, it’s unpredictable for other teams, what we will do in these moments.”

Barcelona ready to pay huge sign-on fee for Messi

The Catalans want to make sure that their star man will sign a new deal with the club and are prepared to pay him a huge amount.

Besides the €550k上海夜生活/week wages that Barcelona are proposing to Messi, they are also ready to pay a €90m bonus to the Argentinian for the signing of a new deal, according to Daily Mail. This would be a record breaking signing-on fee.

Barcelona are thought to be looking to sell the naming rights of their stadium, Camp Nou, which is set to undergo major renovations. The Catalans are looking to rename the stadium as early as next season, hoping that the funds attracted will help ease the burden of the wages. Reports suggest that Barcelona would be looking to raise around €200m for selling the naming rights of the stadium for the next 25 years.Ernesto Valverde praises Lionel Messi’s “fantastic” impact Andrew Smyth – Ernesto Valverde praised a not fully-fit Lionel Messi’s impact as Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday.

In a report published by L’Ara, it was claimed that Barcelona’s current wage expenditure of €450m represents a staggering 84% of the total revenue of the club.

In addition to the naming rights, Barcelona would also like to make use of their situation with the kit supplier. Nike are set to make the Catalans a new offer to extend the current deal and a new agreement could be announced next year.

With Barcelona having achieved direct qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia, Messi’s schedule will now allow space for a potential official announcement about his new deal with the Catalans.

Stones believes England can play like Manchester City

The defender thinks that his country has the squad to play the same style of football, but insists results are more important.

Manchester City full-back John Stones is positive that the Three Lions have the players to duplicate the Citizens’ offensive style of football.

Guardiola’s team has been impressing since the start of the season, winning six out of seven games with 22 goals scored and 2 goals conceded. They are currently on top of the table, ahead of local rivals Manchester United on goal difference.Foden happy at City despite the lack of playing time Nedim Maric – Phil Foden showcased his talent once again when he scored the clinching goal last night after coming on in the 90th minute of the…

Even though Stones thinks highly of his team-mates and believes they are capable of playing offensive and entertaining football, he believes that results are what counts the most on the international scene.

“We’ve got the players to do it,” said the centre-back, according to Goal. “It’s difficult to bring how you play in the Premier League into international football –  it’s so different –  but we’re always striving to become better and there’s a lot of likeness between how City play and international football. Or to how Tottenham play. But to gel all those things is very difficult.

“As long as England w上海夜生活网in and keep clean sheets and keep bettering ourselves every year and making the nation proud, that’s all that matters.”

Preview: Leicester – Manchester City

Premier League leaders Manchester City will be looking to consolidate their position today as they travel to face 12th-placed Leicester.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

A revived Leicester face the runaway league leaders from Manchester in this game. The home side have found their stride and are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League (PL) games, after suffering 4 defeats in their first 6 matches.

Manchester City are breaking records left, right and centre at the moment. Since the 5th of April, the Citizens have played 27 games, winning 20 and drawing 7! Virtually unstoppable so far in the PL, they have won 10 of 11 so far, scoring a staggering 38 goals (3.45 goals per match on average).

Although City are superior in the scored goals department, the teams share a penchant for goals in their matches – only 2 of 22 matches involving these teams have ended with under 1.5 goals.

Sergio Aguero, who recently became Manchester City’s all time top scorer, continued his fine form with another goal against Arsenal before the international break… where he scored goal no. 35 for Argentina, putting him above Diego Maradona in the national scoring charts! Naturally, he is the PL top scorer at the moment, with 8 goals.Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best playe上海夜生活网rs of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Just a word of warning! Aguero was hospitalised after a half-time incident during Tuesday night’s friendly with Nigeria. He has undergone medical tests and has been cleared for this game. “Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks,” according to a club spokesperson.

Despite all the plaudits coming their way, City have one of the worst disciplinary records in the league so far, accruing 2 red and 20 yellow cards, a contrast to the squeaky clean Foxes, who’ve only seen 12 yellow cards all season.

Missing players

Leicester: R. Huth (ankle injury), M. James (Achilles tendon injury), Ad. Silva (unregistered)

Manchester City: B. Mendy (knee injury), N. Otamendi (suspension), V. Kompany (doubtful).

Depay: I will always be a risk-taker

Memphis Depay said he will forever be a risk-taker and his priorities are goals and assists, not defending

Lyon were beaten in this fixture last season, with the winger having a shocker, but the Dutchman will not play it safe this time around, GOAL reports.

The 23-year-old Depay made clear what his priorities are, saying he can’t be expected to excel defensively.

The Dutch winger has already scored 7 goals in 14 games this season, contributing to Lyon’s fight for a Champions League spot in Ligue 1.

Les Gones have won their last 5 games ahead of Sunday’s Rhone derby against Saint-Etienne. After the match last year, Memphis Depay came in for heavy criticism.

He was rated 2/10 in L’Equipe’s infamous player ratings and became a viral sensation for all the wrong reasons, playing a backheel pass to nobody and seeing an attempted bicycle kick shot fall flat, GOAL continues.

Although Lyon lost that game 2-0, the Dutchman won’t change his style of play as they return to Saint-Etienne.

“I take risks, sometimes I lose the ball, it happens, this is the football,” Depay told L’Equipe.Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

“If you want a left winger who plays simple, I’m not the g上海夜网ood player,” the 23-year-old added.

Depay said he sees himself as a creative player, not just an average winger.

“Of course, I can play simple, but I’m also a player who can dribble, create. If I look [at] me in the mirror, I see a creative player.”

“The coach asks me a lot of effort, and I try to do what he asks me [but] I’m not a left-back,” he said about his efforts on defense.

Depay said he focuses on what is expected of him and tries to do his best.

“The most important for me, what is expected of me, are goals and assists. For the rest, I do my best.”

The Dutchman concluded by saying he doesn’t listen to the criticism he receives on social media.

“I’ve always been criticised, but the important that’s what my team thinks. Others, I don’t care about their opinion, they speak in the void. Social networks give them a voice, but I don’t listen it.”

Alves: “Leaving Barca wasn’t easy”

Dani Alves talked about his decision to leave Barcelona and he admitted that it wasn’t easy for him at all – he also talked about the strain it put on some relationships as he left his beloved club.

It was a successful part of his career as Dani Alves won every trophy he could imagine with Barcelona but it was time to move on – and he decided t join Juventus. He helped the Italian side to win the Scudetto and to get to the Champions League final, while in the end of the season, he decided to sign a new deal with PSG.

The Brazil international talked about his departure from Barca as he said, according to Goal: “It was a combination of a few factors. I have many friends at PSG, my partner had lived in Paris and she adores the city, and the club has huge ambition to evolve and get bigger. Sure, I was hypnotised by the idea of working with Pep Guardiola once more. I was hypnotised by it and not looking around me at all of the other options available.”Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

He added: “I had already taken the decision to join Juventus without looking around first and it kind of harmed some people close to me. It wasn’t very easy to find a flight from Turin to see my kids in Barcelona. For my partner it was also harder to find work – there were not as many job opportunities for her in Turin.”

The former Valencia full-back also claimed that there were many more decisive factors: “There were lots of things to consider, and 上海夜生活网they drove me to PSG. Guardiola was the main reason, above all others, that I was considering going to play for Manchester City. In the end, there was an opportunity to join some very good friends at PSG, in an incredible city and at a club that has great potential. I know I can help to add some positive things to this club that go beyond football. It made more sense for me to pick Paris over Manchester on this occasion, but I don’t hide my admiration for Pep and my will to play in the Premier League in the future.”

City to move decisively for Sanchez

Manchester City are preparing the final assault for the transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

According to The Telegraph, the Citizens want to take advantage of the Chilean’s contractual situation and make a reduced bid, counting on Arsenal’s desire to cash in on the player. Aft上海夜生活er having made a bid of €70m in the summer, which was rejected by the Gunners, Manchester City will now offer only €23m for Sanchez, considering that his contract expires next summer and he can negotiate with any team in January.

Manchester City would prefer to pay a transfer fee that would satisfy Arsenal, in order to avoid entering a wages war with PSG, who are looking to sign the player for free and have prepared him a massive sign-on bonus.Neville: Pep Guardiola knows Man City aren’t good enough Andrew Smyth – Gary Neville has quashed Pep Guardiola’s claims that Manchester City won’t buy in January as they can’t challenge for trophies without defensive cover.

Pep Guardiola is keen to be reunited with his former player, which he brought to Barcelona in 2011, from Udinese. For this, Manchester City are ready to offer the Chilean more than €300k/week. The best paid player in City’s squad at the moment is Sergio Aguero, who i earning €250k/week. The Argentinian signed his current deal in 2014 and it will expire in 2019.

On Thursday, Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger admitted that Sanchez could leave in January. Asked about the possibility to cash in on players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, whose contract are expiring next summer, Wenger said: “It’s possible. When you are in such a situation, you have to think of all the possibilities.”

Manchester United keen to sign one more player

Despite the arrival of Victor Lindelöf, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matić, United could see one more player joining the club this summer.

José Mourinho has reportedly asked the board of Manchester United to bring one more new face to Old Trafford. The Red Devils are already well past the £145m mark following the signing of their three new players. However, the Red Devils boss believes one more new face is required at Old Trafford.

According to Goal, Mourinho has admitted that he wants to make four new signings before the start of the 2017-18 campaign:

“The squad is good and as I said a few months ago, I was hoping for four players to improve the squad,Report: Pallister urges United to sign Maddison. George Patchias – Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has urged his old club to sign James Maddison from Leicester City.Pallister formed the first great defensive partnership…

“The club did a fantastic job by getting three of them, which is very difficult in the crazy market we’re in now.

“I thank the上海夜生活论坛 club. I’ll be happier if they give me four of four but they did a great effort.”

The club from Manchester have been heavily linked with Inter’s Ivan Perišić throughout the whole summer, but both sides apparently cannot agree on a price for the midfielder.

Former Chelsea youngster justifies his departure

Nathan Ake believes playing football is the most important thing for someone his age.

The Netherlands international left Chelsea and signed for Bournemouth in a club-record deal of £20 million and he is not the only youngster to leave the Blues this summer. Dominic Solanke joined Liverpool, Berttrand Traoré signed for Lyon and Nathaniel Chalobah moved to Watford.

Antonio Conte feels young players are way too impatient in their search for first-team football and believes their representatives are not being smart.

However, Nathan Ake believes he took the right deci上海夜生活sion by leaving Stamford Bridge.Chelsea need owner Abramovich back at the Bridge George Patchias – Chelsea football club apparently is missing their owner Roman Abramovich, and his return is key to the team’s success.That the theory from former Chelsea…

“It is a short career, but I’m 22 now and I feel like I have had a good experience playing games and you just want to continue doing that,” Ake told reporters, according to Goal.

“I understand what he said but I think we also know that Chelsea is a big club and for myself it was going to be difficult to come in and play straight away.

The decision to come here was to be able to play more games which is important for me and that is why I came here.

There are no guarantees that I will play coming here but if I train hard and play well then I will have a chance. Hopefully, I can be in the team from the start of the season”

Mino Raiola: “Donnarumma was bullied by Milan”

The young goalkeeper has shocked AC Milan with his decision to leave the club when his contract will expire. But now, the player’s agent has spoken about some of the reasons that led his client to this decision.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 19, 2017.

Mino Raiola is very well known for his negotiation tactics, and it looks like this time he has surpassed himself with handling the situation of his young client. But the agent has now spoken about what made Donnarumma decide that he won’t continue with AC Milan.

According to Raiola, Donnarumma was ready to sign a contract extension with The Rossoneri and had no intention to leave. But the “hostile environment” created by the club made the young goalkeeper change his mind.

Donnarumma’s decision not to sign a new contract took everyone by surprise and angered a lot of fans, as some have gone so far as to throw fake money at him, during Italy’s debut at the Euro U-21 Championship.

And on Sunday, the player’s agent has decided to give his opinion on the situation, in an attempt to mov上海夜网e the blame to AC Milan. Speaking to the Italian press, Raiola said: “The situation had become too violent and hostile, so there was no way out. We took a decision that we didn’t want to take.”

“It was nothing to do with money. We were threatened. Donnarumma’s family was threatened, both with not playing anymore and threatened with death. You can’t keep a player by threatening him.”Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

“Now there is a genuine risk he could miss a year. His quality makes that improbable, but this is already on the verge of bullying.”

“We never even got to talk about money or release clauses, because we were not allowed to get that far, nor to think of what was best for Gigio.”

“He was ready to sign a new contract, there were no doubts in his mind. They forced us to abandon the negotiations because of the environment created around him.”

“I take the responsibility. They forced us. It was Milan that lost Donnarumma. He said to me, ‘honestly Mino, I don’t feel it is right to carry on negotiations when these people are insulting and threatening me and my family”

The agent blamed Milan’s director Massimiliano Mirabelli for the poor handling of the situation: “For example, there was a banner in front of the club headquarters. A club should protect its players and remove the banner. A club should support a player and encourage his career, not threaten him with having to be left in the stands.”

Dani Alves – the assist master

The Brazilian left-back is the defender with the most assists recorded in the last ten years of Champions League. He also creates the most scoring opportunities.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. May 4, 2017.

Although Wednesday night was Higuain’s night in the first leg of the Champi上海夜网ons League semi-finals between Monaco and Juventus, the Argentinian striker has a lot to be grateful for to his Brazilian teammate.

Both of the Juventus’ goals started from Dani Alves, who provided two assists and reached an amazing number for a defender: 25 assists in Champions League. For the past ten years, only Cristiano Ronaldo (29) surpasses the Brazilian right-back. Messi is just behind him with 23.

Celebrating his 34th birthday in two days, Alves was magnificent at Stade Louis II. He provided two assists to Higuain. The first one was an amazing back heel pass after a 50 metres run and the other one was a pinpoint cross. Never in his career has Alves managed two assists in one Champions League game, prior to last night’s match.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

But Alves’ records do not stop here. In the ten seasons he has appeared in the Champions League, he is the defender or midfielder that had the most influence on his teams’ attacking actions. The Brazilian right-back has managed 25 assists for his colleagues, more than any other defender or midfielder in the last ten years.

In the current Champions League season, Alves has created 27 goal scoring opportunities – he is the first one in the top of most goal scoring chances created.

Dani Alves has won 28 European trophies in his career: 23 with Barcelona and 5 with Sevilla. He is on track to winning his first three trophies with Juventus: Serie A title, Italian Cup and Champions League.

Besides his amazing assists record, Alves has also scored nine goals in his ten years of Champions League football.