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Thomas Partey told to reject Arsenal move by Ghana coach CK Akonnor

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Aug 2020 2:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Comment Partey is reportedly Arteta’s top target (Picture: Getty Images)‘With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].‘I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWith Matteo Guendouzi rumoured to be on his way out of the club, Arsenal legend Alan Smith suggested the Frenchman could be used as part of a deal to bring Partey to the Emirates.‘Midfield would further benefit if Matteo Guendouzi can be used in a deal to recruit someone like Thomas Partey, the much-admired lynchpin from Atletico Madrid,’ he told Sky Sports.MORE: Tony Cascarino slams Mesut Ozil for not seeking a move away from ArsenalMORE: Arsenal legend Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to sign two more players after Willian transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Thomas Partey told to reject Arsenal move by Ghana coach CK Akonnor Advertisement Partey should avoid moving to Arsenal, according to his international boss (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey has been advised by Ghana coach CK Akonnor to turn down a move to Arsenal and instead remain at Atletico Madrid.The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates and is believed to be the Gunners’ top transfer target after wrapping up a deal for free agent Willian.The Ghanaian midfielder is keen on a move to Arsenal and reportedly demanding £200,000-a-week to make the switch to north London.However, Atletico will accept nothing less than his £45 million release clause to let him go.ADVERTISEMENTWith the Gunners finishing outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years last season and no Champions League football since the 2016-17 campaign, Partey’s international coach Akonnor told him to stay put.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,’ Akonnor told Starr FM. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Duterte to LGUs: Follow guidelines or face criminal charges

first_imgMANILA – Local government unit (LGU)officials who refuse to abide by the enhanced community quarantine guidelinesset by the national government could face criminal charges, President RodrigoDuterte said. Duterte’s warning came after Departmentof Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said localgovernment officials defying the rules, such as non-observance of socialdistancing reminders, will be slapped with gross negligence or insubordinationcharges. “Sundinna lang natin dahil para naman ito sa lahat [Let usobey because this is for everyone’s benefit]. Do not try to overdo things orthink that you can do what you want to do because that is not allowed,” Dutertesaid. Duterte directed the DILG and Departmentof Justice to “closely monitor the compliance of LGUs in the directives of theOffice and to file the necessary cases against wayward officials.” “If you go beyond the standards that wehave set, you are abusing your authority and you know that this can lead toadministrative cases, or even worse, unless you stop what you’re doing…criminal cases cannot be far behind,” Duterte said. Pasig City’s Mayor Vico Sotto recentlyasked the national government to exempt tricycles from the ban on publictransportation saying he had allowed tricycles in his area to ferry healthworkers and emergency patients to hospitals in Pasig City. center_img The powers given to President Rodrigo Duterte will only be effective for three months — “unless extended by Congress. PCOO Addressing local officials early morningyesterday, President Duterte urged them to comply with the guidelines issued bythe Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). “I know you have the mandate to dealwith the emergencies affecting your localities. I was a mayor myself in caseyou have forgotten. But this is an emergency of national proportions andtherefore, it is the national government that should call the shots,” he added. Based on the latest count from theDepartment of Health, the country has 217 COVID-19 cases, with 17 deaths andeight recoveries./PNlast_img read more

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Clippers back to a new normal

first_imgThe Clippers seem to have returned to normal. A new kind of normal, anyway.The scandal that banned owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life is still in its infancy, but the Clippers can get back to the business of basketball, especially since Dick Parsons was appointed as the new Clippers CEO on Friday, hours before Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Clippers and Oklahoma City. Asked if this means things are normal for the Clippers, coach Doc Rivers said: “I would love to feel that way, but I think we all know that’s not true.”There’s seemingly news on the Clippers nearly every day. Whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, comes to games with her security detail in tow is always a concern, too. She was in attendance Friday at Game 3. Parsons being in the picture should provide needed stability for the Clippers, and Rivers endorsed the hire.“We did talk a couple of times. This morning we talked,” Rivers said before Friday’s game. “It was really nice. I don’t know Dick very well, but from what I’ve heard from everyone who knows him and talking to him today I think he’s a very good hire for us.”Parsons was not expected to be at the game. Rivers was consulted on the selection process to replace longtime team president Andy Roeser, who is on an indefinite leave of absence.Fans were back to normal, wearing red giveaway T-shirts that read: “One Team. One Goal. It’s Time.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Clipper Darrell — the team’s most popular and longtime fan — was all smiles as he was back in his usual seat doing his usual thing. With Sterling out, the ouster signs weren’t cropping up. Folks weren’t wearing all-black outfits. Advertising signs that had been covered before NBA commissioner Adam Silver ruled Sterling was suspended, were uncovered and showing sponsorships again. And there was laughter again. Especially when it came to Rivers’ role in being on the search committee for the new CEO.“They’ve done a great job. They’ll call you. I wasn’t actually out there searching (laughing),” Rivers said.You know enough time and healing has passed when laughter and jokes are back on the table.Rivers can worry about Xs and Os, getting Blake Griffin to face the basket more and trying to find a way to limit the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (UCLA) — who had a triple-double in Game 2 — instead of racist remarks and the massive fallout created from Sterling’s comments on an audio tape released by TMZ two weeks ago. “I’ve got other things to do,” Rivers said of the search for the new CEO. “They’ve done a great job of keeping me up to date on where they’re at and what they’re doing. I trust the league in this so well. They’re smart. I don’t have a lot to say, because, to be honest I don’t think I should have a lot to say.”He usually has plenty to say to officials, and that’s part of being back to normal. It’s a new kind of normal for these Clippers.last_img read more