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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.

CalPERS chief sees volatility until Trump implements plans

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s chief investment officer advised the pension fund on Monday to prepare for “greater uncertainty and volatility” until U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Congress implement their policy plans.

Ted Eliopoulos told a meeting of the fund’s investment board that Trump’s plans would likely be “positive for growth and corporate earnings,” but “the devil will be in the details, and we don’t know the details.”

Trump has indicated he would prioritize a broad mix of policies, including tax cuts, infrastructure spending, the repeal or lessening of Dodd-Frank financial regulation, and changes to global trade arrangements.

Decisions made by the new administration and Congress will have “a significant impact on matters small and large” for CalPERS and for investors globally, Eliopoulos said during a live Webcast of the meeting, the board’s first since the U.S. presidential election last week.

But it is “much too early to talk with precision about these implications since we know very little,” Eliopoulos added.

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“We do need to be prepared to address a much different policy environment, new economic and investment challenges and opportunities and be ready to adjust, act, and govern ourselves accordingly,” said Eliopoulos.

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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.

Fed officials see risks in weaker inflation expectations, trade row

WASHINGTON ( ) – A drop in the consumer outlook for inflation and intensifying trade tensions drew caution from Federal Reserve officials on Monday as policymak上海夜生活论坛ers faced fresh market volatility and a renewed set of risks.

While Fed officials have largely discounted the trade war so far as unlikely to derail the U.S. economic expansion, officials emphasized Monday that a protracted tit-for-tat battle between the United States and China was a different matter that might require a Fed response.

“If the impact of the tariffs – and whatever financial market reaction to those tariffs is – causes more of a slowdown, then we do have the tools available to us, including lower interest rates,” Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, a voter this year on Fed rate policy, said in an interview with .

While Rosengren said he was “not necessarily” expecting a rate cut to be necessary, the market sell-off Monday was deep and potentially disruptive to the Fed’s core expectation that interest rates will remain on hold for some time to come.

Major U.S. equity markets were down between 2% and 3.5% on Monday, while bond investors sharply increased their bets that the Fed would be forced to cut rates this year. A closely watched spread between long- and short-term bonds turned negative, seen by some officials as a sign of weakened market confidence in the economic outlook.

After the collapse of U.S.-China talks last week and the threat of tariffs ratcheting ever higher, there was more reason to believe the tensions will last a while.

“If it’s the worst-case scenario and it’s ever-increasing tariffs for an extended period of time, that could change things, that could have a real effect on U.S. GDP growth,” Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari said on CNBC.

Traders and analysts on Monday said the volatility is likely to continue.

“You cannot game what two leaders…are going to do from day to day,” said Anthony Saglimbene, global market strategist with Ameriprise Financial Services in Troy, Michigan, of the high-stakes standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

RATE CUTS BACK ON RADAR

Fed officials have been careful to say that nothing yet has changed their core outlook, which envisions rates to be held in their current range of between 2.25% and 2.5% until either growth demonstrably weakens and inflation falls further, justifying a rate cut, or faster inflation makes higher rates warranted.

As the trade war intensified over the last few days, however, traders in the federal funds futures market have moved decisively in favor of expecting a Fed rate cut in coming months. Data from the CME Group now sees the Fed cutting rates in October, with a near 10 percentage point shift since Friday in the probability of a rate reduction at that Fed meeting.

The pressure on the Fed could come from several directions. Economic growth overall could slow if the tariff wars continue and global trade declines; “wealth effects” could directly impact business and household confidence and spending if the stock declines continue; higher costs could hit company profits, and discourage hiring.

A further complication for the Fed: The inflation outlook among U.S. consumers dipped sharply in April, countering Fed policymaker hopes that inflation dynamics will improve and the pace of price increases soon rise toward their target level.

Survey data released by the New York Federal Reserve on Monday showed consumer expectations of the inflation rate over the next year fell to 2.6% from 2.82% in the March survey. The nearly quarter point drop was the third-largest since the survey was launched in mid-2013. The outlook for inflation over the next three years also fell, to 2.69% from 2.86%, evidence that medium-term expectations have also weakened in recent weeks.

Following the Fed’s most recent meeting, Chairman Jerome Powell and others said they felt recent weak inflation readings were driven by “transitory” factors that would disappear over time and allow overall inflation to rise.

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But a drop in inflation expectations is another matter, and could be evidence that households and businesses are losing faith in the Fed’s ability to deliver on its inflation goal – a worrying development for central bankers who feel their ability to keep expectations set around their inflation target is critical to meeting the goal.

As of the Fed’s last policy statement on May 1, officials said they felt expectations remained stable.

While consumer surveys are discounted by some officials as overly influenced by things like changes in gasoline prices and other costs that consumers closely monitor, some broader market expectation measures have also shifted. Since late April, for example, a St. Louis Federal Reserve measure of the inflation rate expected five years from now, based on trading in different types of bonds, dipped to 1.9% from 2.1%, a sign traders also see weaker inflation ahead.

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.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares steady ahead of Fed meeting; May’s Brexit deal in chaos

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* Wall St advance, dollar flat as traders brace for a dovish Fed

* Pound choppy as UK parliament bans vote on same Brexit deal

By Tomo Uetake

March 19 – Asian shares treaded water on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting, hovering near six-month highs, while sterling was choppy as the speaker of Britain’s parliament banned another vote on same Brexit deal.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was virtually flat, just a hair away from the highest level since Sept. 21.

Japan’s Nikkei average dropped 0.5 percent, while Australian stocks eased 0.1 percent.

All three major U.S. indexes rose overnight, lifted by banks and tech names, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite adding between 0.3 and 0.4 percent each.

“Speculators appear to be betting on rise in stock prices on the back of a dovish Fed. The Fed is unlikely to kill such hopes. Yet there is a risk the Fed could tone down its dovishness,” said Masanari Takada, cross-asset strategist at Nomura Securities.

With signs of global economic growth slowing, traders were focused on the Federal Reserve, which is kicking 上海夜网off its two-day policy meeting on later in the day, for clues about the likely path of U.S. borrowing costs.

In particular, investors will be focusing on whether policymakers have sufficiently lowered their interest rate forecasts to more closely align their “dot plot”, a diagram showing individual policymakers’ rate views for the next three years.

Also expected is more detail on a plan to stop cutting the Fed’s holdings of nearly $3.8 trillion in bonds.

“A key focus is when the Fed will omit the word ‘patient’ from its statement, as that would be a pre-requisite for a rate hike,” said Toru Yamamoto, chief fixed income strategist at Daiwa Securities.

In the currency market, the pound found firmer footing on Tuesday after slipping to as low as $1.3183 overnight as lawmakers cast doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May’s third attempt to get parliament to back her Brexit deal.

May’s Brexit plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-submitted in fundamentally different form.

May has only two days to win approval for her deal to leave the European Union if she wants to go to a summit with the bloc’s leaders on Thursday with something to offer them in return for more time.

Meanwhile, senior diplomats said the European Union leaders could hold off making any final decision on any Brexit delay when they meet in Brussels later this week, depending on what exactly May asks them for.

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies barely moved and was at 96.498.

The Japanese yen edged up 0.1 percent to 111.27 yen to the dollar, while the euro was almost flat at $1.1334.

Oil prices rose to near four-month highs on Monday, supported by the prospect of extended OPEC-led oil supply curbs and signs of inventory declines in U.S. crude stockpiles.

Early on Tuesday, U.S. crude futures slipped 0.2 percent to $58.99 a barrel.

UPDATE 2-Argentina inflation accelerates again in challenge for Macri

* February prices rise 3.8 pct vs month earlier

* Rolling 12-month inflation running at 51.3 pct

* Inflation rose almost 50 pct last year

* Central bank chief promises measures to curb inflation (Adds central bank chief comments)

BUENOS AIRES, March 14 ( ) – Argentina’s stubbornly high inflation accelerated again in February, the government said on Thursday, sparking the central bank chief to pledge new measures to rein in rising prices that have dogged the South American economy over the last year.

Inflation rose 3.8 percent in February, the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC) said, as President Mauricio Macri struggles to bring down prices ahead of key national elections this year.

The rise marked the second straight month where inflation has accelerated, underscoring the challenge facing Argentina’s leadership who are battling to stem a slide in the peso, rein in inflation and dig the country out of a recession.

Argentina’s central bank president Guido Sandleris held a press conference later in the day, slamming “too high” 上海夜网inflation and promising new measures to curb one of the steepest inflation rates in the world.

Sandleris said the central bank would extend its goal of zero growth in the monetary base to the end of 2019 but would not freeze the exchange rate as a measure to lower inflation.

He added a non-intervention trading band for the peso agreed with the International Monetary Fund last year would be tweaked so it depreciated more gradually than the current track.

The band, which sets an upper and lower limit for the peso to trade against the dollar, will depreciate at 1.75 percent per month starting from the second quarter versus 2 percent currently – meaning it should guide the peso lower more slowly.

The February inflation increase, the sharpest since October, took 2019 year-to-date inflation to 6.8 percent. Rolling 12-month inflation in the month was 51.3 percent, INDEC said.

Fueled by a weak peso, consumer prices in Argentina rose 47.6 percent in 2018, which analysts said was the highest annual rate in nearly three decades, hitting the country’s spenders as wage growth failed to keep apace.

Earlier this month economists raised their forecast for 2019 inflation to 31.9 percent from a previous estimate of 29.0 percent.

Gracia honoured to be a Watford coach

Javi Gracia, the new Watford coach, admitted that it is a big honour for him to be given this big chance to prove himself in the Premier League as he was chosen as the replacement of Marco Silva.

Watford decided to sack Silva as he was able to win just one match out of his side’s last 11 games and the Hornets are really close to the relegation zone right now – which is the thing that Gracia is expected to change immediately. The Spaniard was most recently the head coach of Rubin Kazan, the Russian side, and he signed the deal until 2019.

The former Malaga coach spoke about his feelings after being appointed as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I feel like I have been here many months. I feel happy, comfortable. I feel that this is like a family. This is an important step in my career. It was a dream. Not only as a coach, but as a professional player. The fans want to win matches. If you win playing well, it is better.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that his main goal is to avoid the relegation: “In this moment, after 11 matches without a win, they want to win a match and get the points to play in the Premier League next season. The principal target is to remain in the Premier League.”

In the end, Javi Gracia insisted that he doesn’t want to make any statements about his goals in the transfer window and he is looking forward to having the injured players back: “In this moment I am worried because we have many players injured and the most important thing for me now is to recover these players. The tr上海夜网ansfer window is open at this moment but I don’t mind about this. I prefer to try to recover players and make a team.”

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.

Wagner still believes in an improvement

David Wagner, the Huddersfield Town manager, claimed that he believes in his side’s strengths and he is certain that they will bounce back after a 2-0 defeat to Stoke City which was a bit frustrating.

The German admitted that it was a frustrating matchday for him as they weren’t the better side, for sure, and this loss was well-deserved as Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf scored the second上海夜网-half goals to secure a crucial win for Paul Lambert’s side. The Terriers have been waiting for a win for six consecutive matches now and they are deep in the relegation battle but Wagner believes that they will turn it around.

The former co-worker of Jürgen Klopp spoke about this performance as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It’s a frustrating result for sure and it’s a deserved defeat, even if I can say my players gave everything. We have to be honest and say Stoke showed their individual quality; they were very aggressive and limited our offensive game. It’s frustrating because of the result even if the effort and attitude was there. We accept it and we’ll try to recover as quickly as we can.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that they weren’t able to be creative at all: “They’ve taken the atmosphere from the stands and they’ve limited our game. We were not able to create anything. After we conceded the first goal, it was even more difficult. We were not strong enough technically in the offensive. We didn’t close the wings for the first goal and Scott Malone was unlucky.”

In the end, David Wagner claimed that they were punished for their silly mistakes: “But we made an easy mistake for the second, giving the ball away and they countered. We have seen before and it is nothing new in the Premier League. You makes mistakes and you get punished. We have to try to turn this as quick as we can. With the attitude and desire, we have shown today, if we continue to show it I have no concerns that we will turn this around.”

Preview: Burnley – Manchester United

Burnley welcome a rejuvenated Manchester United side to Turf Moor for a Premier League matchday 24 clash. After a bright start to the season, Burnley’s recent poor form in all competitions (P5, L3, D2) has found them wanting in their quest to secure a European competition slot.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Having won their last three matches and keeping clean sheets in all of these encounters, a Jose Mourinho-lead Manchester United side will definitely eye extending their good run of form.

Ashley Young, Mourinho’s trusted left-back, is back from suspension but Luke Shaw has performed well in his absence, which will leave the Portuguese with a tough decision to make. This could likely be the only change from the side that beat Stoke 3-0上海夜生活 on Monday night.

Burnley will be hoping to grind out a result here as they have not managed a win against the Red Devils in their last six PL attempts (PL, L3, D3).

Also, recent meetings between these sides have often been a feisty affair, with 29 yellow cards in their last six PL meetings (4.8 on average per game). Out of the 29 yellow cards, Burnley received a total of 17 and Man United 12.Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

Key battles: Defender James Tarkowski (Burnley) has has won the plaudits this season. Can a rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku (United) get the better of the young centre back?

Stat attack: Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches in all competitions, while they are undefeated in their last seven PL matches.

Burnley have failed to win in their last six PL matches.

Missing players

Burnley: R. Brady (knee injury), T. Heaton (shoulder injury), J. Walters (knee injury), S. Arfield (doubtful), S. Ward (doubtful), C. Wood (doubtful)

Manchester United: E. Bailly (ankle injury), D. Blind (muscle injury), M. Carrick (injury), Z. Ibrahimovic (knee injury).

Tour\u00e9 to remain at the Etihad

Even though the midfielder is not getting enough play time at the Citizens, he will not be leaving the club, claims his agent.

Yaya Touré will remain at Manchester City during the January transfer window, according to his agent Dimitry Seluk.

The Ivorian has six months left on his contract with the Citizens and will likely stay at the club to secure yet another Premier League title. Even though he does not get sufficient playing time, having made only eight appearances this season, Touré will not exit anytime soon.

“Everything is good at Man City. He will 100 percent stay at City in January,” Seluk told Sky Spor上海夜生活网ts News.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 wants to be a three-time champion of the Premier League, but he is also enjoying using his experience to help the young players at the club.

“During the Leicester Carabao Cup game, he had more appearances for City than all of the other starting players.”

The Citizens have the chance to create a 15-point gap between them and second-placed Manchester United on Wednesday and many believe that Pep’s team has already won the Premier League with no signs of slowing their pace down.

Preview: Real Madrid – Dortmund

Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund having already qualified for the Champions League (CL) knockout stages as runners-up in Group H.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

For the first time since the 2011-12 season, Dortmund have failed to reach the CL last 16.They are now sitting third, level on just two points (D2, L3, GD-5) with bottom-placed APOEL (D2, L3上海夜生活网, GD-12), who make the trip to Tottenham. A win for Tottenham in that game will almost certainly mean Dortmund qualify for the Europa League.

Dortmund are currently on a seven-game winless streak (D3, L4) in all competitions and have never won at fortress Bernabeu (D2, L4), where Madrid are still unbeaten in the CL under Zinedine Zidane (W9, D2, GF 29, GA 8).

Zidane’s side will look to get a morale-boosting win ahead of Saturday’s La Liga (LL) clash with Sevilla. The Madrid boss finds himself under increased pressure as they remain eight points adrift of league leaders Barca after 14 games.

Ahead of the game, Zidane reaffirmed his confidence and belief that there are much brighter times ahead for his team: “We definitely need to score more goals, but I’m not worried. I have no doubt things will change for the better,” he said in the pre-match press conference.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…

With a brace against APOEL, Cristiano Ronaldo took this goal tally for Madrid in European competitions to 100 goals (98 CL goals + two UEFA Super Cup goals). The top scorer in European Cup/CL history (113 overall) has a staggering 18 CL goals to his name in 2017 (12 games), whereas he has scored just 17 LL goals (28 games).

Madrid have failed to score more than three goals in a home game since a 4-1 win over Sevilla in May this year.

Dortmund and former Madrid player Nuri Sahin said of his team’s chances against the defending champions: “We have played at the Bernabeu quite a few times, and that may work in our favour.”

Missing players

Real Madrid: D. Carvajal (suspension), M. Asensio (doubtful), G. Bale (doubtful), L. Zidane (doubtful)

Dortmund: G. Castro (face injury), E. Durm (hip injury), M. Gotze (ankle injury), M. Philipp (knee injury), L. Piszczek (muscle injury), M. Reus (knee injury), S. Rode (thigh injury), J. Toljan (suspension), A. Isak (doubtful), J-B. Larsen (doubtful).

Preview: Juventus – Lazio

The first derby of the eighth Serie A round will see Juventus (2nd) host Lazio (4th) at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. With only three points between the two teams, the match announces to be a captivating one.

Key facts before the match

Juventus have lost just once at home in their last 89 Serie A games and have won all 5 home matches this season (all competitions), while Lazio have registered 5 straight away wins this season (all competitions), incl上海夜生活uding a 3-2 Italian Super Cup win over Juventus.

Lazio haven’t won at Juventus in the league since December 2002 (2-1).

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) has scored 5 goals in his last 5 games against Lazio and is Serie A’s top goalscorer this season with 10 goals. Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is second on the list with 9 goals.

There hasn’t been a draw between these sides in any competition since January 2014 (11 games), and Juventus have only drawn once against any opposition in their last 15 games, while the last 17 games that Lazio have played only saw 1 draw!Sarri still isn’t ready to field Ronaldo, Dybala and Higuain onto the pitch Nedim Maric – Juventus slid to an easy 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen last night with Higuain, Bernardesci, and Ronaldo scoring for Sarri’s side.After a convincing win,…

The last time Juventus drew 0-0 at home was back in November 2012 (92 games) and that was against Lazio!

Juventus average 2.75 goals per home game this season in Serie A and Lazio average 2.67 goals per away game. Lazio’s last 8 away league games in total all registered over 2.5 goals.

Missing players

Juventus: Howedes (thigh injury)

Lazio: Anderson (muscle injury) Basta (thigh injury)

Pep denies disrespecting Spurs

The Catalan believes Pochettino simply misunderstood him.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola disagreed with Mauricio Pochettino’s statement that he disrespects Tottenham Hotspur. During a post-game interview with the Citizens boss after City’s 0-1 win over Chelsea, Pep assessed the potential title rivals by saying: “We’re in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season. We have [Manchester] United and the Harry Kane team, who scores every game two or three goals.” – quoted by FourFourTwo.

It is no secret that Harry Kane has been tremendous for both club and country as he netted a total of 13 goals during September, scooping the Premier League player of the month award. Yet, Pochettino was seemingly offended by Pep’s words as he described Guardiola’s statement as ‘sad’: “I know Pep very well and when he is excited, after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman. The situation didn’t affect me but, in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people.” Pochettino said, according to the Guardian.

However, Guardiola has tried to make things right with Spurs boss, insisting he never meant to be disrespectful, but simply was misunderstood.

I’m disrespectful?” he responded during a press-conference as quoted by Goal.Berbatov: It’s not the right time for Pochettino to move George Patchias – Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t think it’s the right time for Mauricio Pochettino to leave Tottenham Hotspurs or for him to join the likes of Madrid…

“I think Mauricio, for the times we’ve met each other and the times I spoke with him… maybe my English is not quite well.

“I never was disrespectful for my colleague in the press conference. Never.

“When I said ‘Harry Kane’s team’ it was because of上海夜网 the fact Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals. I know very well that Tottenham is not Harry Kane alone.”

Christensen on Chelsea’s loan system

Andreas Christensen says he likes Chelsea’s loan system, as it contributes to the development of young talents

The Denmark international believes it is crucial that youngsters find the “perfect environment” to improve their skills and become the best version of themselves.

Andreas Christensen has talked up the pathways into Chelsea’s first team via their stockpiled youth ranks as domestic-based Blues fans look for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham to make the grade at Stamford Bridge, GOAL reports.

Both Abraham and Loftus-Cheek made their debuts for England in the international break, as they have impressed Gareth Southgate with their performan上海夜生活网ces on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

Many feared that Loftus-Cheek couldn’t develop himself at a speed he should have, as the 21-year-old midfielder didn’t really have a breakthrough performance for Chelsea.

However, a stunning international bow against Brazil has raised hopes of his ability to cut it at the highest level, GOAL continues.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 players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

The Denmark international has spent two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach before he returned to London, where he is now a regular first-team player under Antonio Conte this season.

Christensen sees no reason why other talented young lads can’t walk the same path as he did.

“It’s different for every player,” the Danish told Sky Sports. “I was in the right place at the right time, everything just clicked, and it was perfect for me.”

“That’s the most important thing for the players that go out on loan. They have to find what’s working for them and the perfect environment for them to develop,” he added.

“When I was on loan I took the opportunity to come back to London sometimes to watch the games and go into the dressing room after so everyone knew what was happening with my career which was a good feeling,” Christensen concluded.

Pogba believes in Manchester United

Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba claims he would stop playing if he thought his side were unable to win the Premier League title this year

Despite their 8-point deficit to local rivals Manchester City, United still have a shot at the league title, claims Pogba.

The French midfielder returned to Old Trafford after being out for two months due to an injury he picked up against Basel in September.

Jose Mourinho’s men were not playing to the best of their knowledge without Pogba, but now that he returned, the Red Devils have defeated Newcastle United in a 4-1 game.

Despite Guardiola’s men looking unstoppable sometimes, Pogba has refused to write off his club’s chances.

“The season is very long, of course. If I don’t believe that, I’d stop playing,” Pogba told BBC Sport, when asked whether he believes in United’s chances.

“If I don’t believe we can still win the league, I better stop. I’ll leave my boots and stop playing football cause I’m a believer we keep figh上海夜网ting,” he added. 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 players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Pogba’s successful return wasn’t the only good news for the Red Devils in the victory as Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net for the first time in the Premier League since a win over Crystal Palace on September 30, GOAL reports.

Pogba was happy to serve his team-mate with an assist once again and went on to praise Lukaku’s abilities.

“I come back and Romelu scores again? I like that,” the Frenchman added.

“We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of talented players. We have to trust each other.”

The midfielder said the Belgian striker is the best in England, and United had never doubted that.

“Romelu is the best striker in the Premier League. We know his quality. We know everything. We don’t worry about him.”

“And at the end, we see the result,” Pogba concluded.

Field living his dream with West Brom

Sam Field has got his whole career ahead of him and he seems to be sure that he wants to spend the major part of it in West Bromwich Albion as he signed a new contract with his beloved club.

It wasn’t a hard decision for the youngster as he was a season-ticket holder and he can now expect to be part of the squad on the pitch. He said that he feels honoured to be given this chance and he believes that he will play as much as possible with the Baggies.

The youngster, who has supported this club his whole life, said, according to wba.co.uk: “It’s always an honour to play for West Brom so to get another year is just fantastic. The more years I can spend here the better. I’m dead chuffed!”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t sto上海夜生活pping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

He was obviously very happy with his new contract as he claimed: “It wasn’t one that I took much time to dwell over. I’m delighted to get it done and sorted now. I’ve been here since I was seven. The dream has always been to play in the First Team and hopefully over the next couple of years I get to do so more and more.”

Field also hopes that he will be given a chance to play more minutes for his side: “To start playing regularly now is the next stage of my development. I’ve had two games at the start of this season and we managed to win them both which is brilliant. Hopefully, I can get a run towards the end of the season. If not it might be going on loan, get some games and more experience. Hopefully, in the years to come, it’s fighting for a regular spot in the team.”

He can definitely have a bright future with West Brom – will he fulfil his huge potential?

Ventura could not help applauding Isco

Italy lost 3-0 to Spain, but Isco’s performance left even his opponents in awe.

Italy’s manager Giampiero Ventura revealed that there was nothing he could do, but applaud Isco following the Spaniard’s sensational individual performance.

Spain won 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at the Bernabeu on Saturday, with the Real Madrid star putting of a stunning performance during the first half. Isco’s showing was also backed by two goals and a ridiculous nutmeg against PSG midfielder Veratti.

“I could not help but applaud him when I saw him, he was a rival, but I am a lover of the beautiful things of this sport,” said Ventura after Italy’s loss, according to Goal.Top 5 best La Liga players from these mid-week fixtures Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After the sixth fixture in the Spanish La Liga, we have to talk about the Top 5 performers from the mid-week action in Spain.The…

“It was nice to see Isco live. He is a great player who did incredible things, you just have to think about the technical manoeuvre of the nutmeg he did in midfield, he left two opponents red-faced, then in the second half between three opponents and you do a nutmeg, that means he has incredible class, obviously上海夜生活网 superior to the rest of the players.

“But not just Isco, there were other players with a lot of class too. You have to be humble to recognise it and we have to work in order to be competitive.”

Below you can see Isco’s nutmeg on Veratti.

https://youtu.be/FB55PNmwMX4

La Liga planning to organize matches abroad

The La Liga president is looking to expand the league’s global reach and plans to organize matches outside of Spain in the future.

Javier Tebas took part in the Soccerex Convention in Manchester and discussed the plans for development of the Spanish League: “La Liga is global entertainment and we want to grow the international appeal of La Liga.”

“As part of that effort we are discussing the option of playing some of the league matches outside of Spain. These discussions are still in early stages, but as La Liga, we support the idea”, Tebas was quoted by the Financial Times. Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down several job offers in Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.

This summer, Real Madrid and Barcelona played a pre-season match in Miami. It was the first time the two teams met outside Spain since 1982. The match attracted a crowd of 66.000 people in the stands of Hard Rock Stadium.

The match was part of the International Champions Cup, which is organi上海夜生活论坛zed by Relevent Sports, whose chairman said that their next step is to move from organizing friendly games to organizing competitive matches from different leagues in different parts of the world.

According to Deloitte, La Liga is currently third in Europe’s top leagues in terms of the generated revenue, only behind Premier League and Bundesliga. Last year, the Spanish League signed a domestic television rights deal worth €2,65bn. Although the amount represents a major improvement compared to the previous deals, they are still a long way behind Premier League, who sold their domestic tv rights for double the amount.