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Chelsea doctor due for role change

first_img First-team doctor Carneiro took to Facebook to thank the “general public for their overwhelming support” in the wake of the comments which have been followed by a backroom rejig. Press Association Sport understands Carneiro will remain as the club’s first-team doctor, but her role will change significantly and revolve around the Cobham training base. Most significantly, it is believed she will not now be involved in Chelsea matches and training sessions, raising questions over her long-term future. A Chelsea club spokesman said on the matter: “We do not comment on internal staffing matters”. Carneiro joined Chelsea in February 2009, having previously worked at the British Olympic Medical Institute and with England Women’s Football and UK Athletics. Eva Carneiro’s role as Chelsea first-team doctor is understood to be changing significantly, raising questions about her Stamford Bridge future. As Saturday’s Premier League season opener against Swansea came to a close, manager Jose Mourinho became animated as Eden Hazard had to leave the field. That move left Chelsea with nine men temporarily and saw Mourinho publicly call his medical staff “impulsive and naive” after the 2-2 draw, saying they all need to “understand the game”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Soldado woe baffles Pochettino

first_img “You never know in football. We need to bring the right profile, the right striker to help the team. It is impossible to guess in football.” Lyon forward Clinton N’Jie looks to be that man, with Spurs understood to be close to securing a reported £10million deal. “He is another player in the list, in the papers,” Pochettino said. “If you ask me if I know N’Jie, yes, I know N’Jie. He is a player who can play in different positions. “He is fast, he is a very good player who can play in different positions.” Mauricio Pochettino is not sure why it did not work out at Tottenham for Roberto Soldado, simply saying “football is not mathematics”. Having arrived two years ago among a clutch of post-Gareth Bale acquisitions, expectations were high as Spurs forked out what was a club-record fee that could have risen to £26million. However, Soldado failed to reach the heights he scaled during his time with Valencia and is now set to leave north London to return to his homeland. Press Association Sport understands a £10million move to Villarreal is in the offing for a player who managed just one Premier League goal last term. It ends a frustrating chapter for Soldado and those connected to Tottenham, whose head coach Pochettino found it difficult to explain why it did not work for the player in England. “I don’t know,” he said. “Football is not mathematics. “Sometimes there are a lot of reasons that are difficult to explain. I think it wasn’t easy for him to adapt his game in England at Tottenham.” The exit of Soldado and Pochettino’s admission that Emmanuel Adebayor has no future at White Hart Lane leaves Spurs worryingly light up front. It means Harry Kane is the sole out-and-out first-team striker at the club right now – a situation the Argentinian head coach plans to remedy by bringing in another centre-forward. “Sometimes you have five strikers like Liverpool last season and they were sixth in the table,” he said. “Harry Kane scored 31 goals and Adebayor score two and Soldado scored five. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sportito becomes ‘Official Fantasy Sports Partner’ for Fulham FC

first_img CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Sportito CEO Riccardo Mittiga has welcomed a ‘great opportunity’ to work with Fulham FC, after the DFS operator signed a deal to become the club’s first ‘Official Fantasy Sports Partner’.Fulham FC will introduce their fans to the new Sportito fantasy sports platform, which hosts daily winning contests rather than season long contests, and promote the opportunity to connect with the team and other players through networking on social media.The new format has also freed up fans when choosing players to draft for their teams, after removing salary cap restrictions which proved irritating for fantasy players. Cash prizes and high quality real time data are also key features of the company’s innovative approach to traditional fantasy sports.Casper Stylsvig, CRO at Fulham Football Club, said: “Sportito is an innovative new gaming brand and one that I am happy to welcome as an official partner of Fulham.”He added that it’s ‘an exciting collaboration, which can be mutually successful’. Moreover, he said ‘we are confident that we can assist in Sportito’s objectives and drive Fulham FC fans and the wider football community to sign up to and play the game online’.Riccardo Mittiga expressed his confidence in bringing success to the partnership: “We are more than happy to partner up with Fulham FC, one of the oldest Football Clubs in the UK with a fan base spread throughout the UK and worldwide. It is a great opportunity for us to introduce Sportito to Whites fans and engage with them to show how exciting it is to play fantasy sports and win real cash on Sportito.”Having launched in August 2016, Sportito is a DFS site launched with a gambling license from the UK Gambling Commission, which offers fantasy sports contests across all major tournaments and leagues including the Premier League, Championship and World Cup.last_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dan Haren struggles again in loss

first_imgST. LOUIS >> Dan Haren wore a St. Louis Cardinals uniform once, almost 10 years and five teams ago. He left town in a trade at 24 years old. In exchange, St. Louis got one good season out of Mark Mulder, and the certain knowledge they had traded Haren well before his prime.Now, if Haren is in the Dodgers’ starting rotation even another month, it might be considered too long. At least it would be considered an act of faith that past performance might portend future success for the 33-year-old.Haren (8-7) couldn’t get through five innings Friday at Busch Stadium and dropped his third consecutive start in the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss. The Cardinals had three doubles and a home run among eight hits against Haren, whose ERA rose to 4.30.Matt Holliday’s two-run homer in the fifth inning was the game-winning hit. The home run, estimated at 435 feet, landed halfway up a grassy hill in dead center field. It was the 20th home run Haren has allowed this season, second-most in the National League. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Three starts ago I was 8-4 with a good ERA coming off a one-hitter,” he said. “I’ve had a couple tough ones in a row. I know it’s there. I was having a good year up ’til a few of these last starts.“Things don’t look too good now, but I’ve got to give us a better chance to win.”After his previous start on July 11, Haren said a few days to reflect might do him good. That was the case last year, when he improved after the All-Star break for the Washington Nationals and earned a $10 million contract as a free agent.Now, the second-half turnaround he envisioned will have to wait at least another five days.“The last two years I had spots where I really struggled and I was able to get through ’em,” he said. “I’ve just got to look at that.”center_img At least Haren kept the game close Friday. So did the Dodgers’ bullpen, which allowed only one runner over the final 3 1/3 innings. The offense didn’t pull its weight. When Haren exited the game trailing 3-0, the Dodgers had only two hits against St. Louis starter Lance Lynn (11-6). They couldn’t take advantage of a double by Hanley Ramirez in the first inning and left the bases loaded in the third. Later, with runners on first and second base and one out in the eighth inning, Cardinals reliever Seth Maness struck out Andre Ethier and got Juan Uribe to pop out.The Dodgers finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. “It’s a close game, a 3-2 game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s making that key pitch, getting that big out, that key hit when you need it.”The Dodgers’ only runs came in the fifth inning on an RBI double by A.J. Ellis and a wild pitch by Maness that allowed Ellis to score.In Ellis’ opinion, Haren wasn’t the problem.“He just got hurt a little bit when he was in the middle of the plate,” he said. “Two fastballs ended up there. One was an RBI double. The other was a two-run homer. Other than that, I thought Dan really battled and did a great job.”“Everybody’s really quick to judge right now. He’s doing his work and he’s as professional as anyone we’ve got. I hope I see him out there every fifth day because I love catching him.”last_img read more

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Dodgers could see Howie Kendrick move back to second base

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. >> With Chase Utley possibly gone via free agency, the Dodgers’ search for a new second baseman could bring them back to their old second baseman.Howie Kendrick, who transitioned last year to more of an outfielder/utility player, is a candidate to once again be the Dodgers second baseman, according to General Manager Farhan Zaidi.Zaidi said he thinks Kendrick could re-acclimate himself to playing second if that’s what the Dodgers wanted.“Once he started getting comfortable in left, it was tougher to move back and forth (to the infield),” Zaidi said at the GM Meetings on Tuesday. “But if he came into camp as the second baseman, I don’t think he’d have any issues.” Of course, Zaidi made those comments just hours before a report from Fox Sports that they were exploring the idea of trading Kendrick. Kendrick’s market might be limited because of the direction his career has gone.Kendrick, 33, was an everyday second baseman with the Angels from 2007-14 and in 2015 with the Dodgers.The Dodgers re-signed him last winter after they had Utley, and they began moving him around the field. Beyond the question of whether Kendrick could be an everyday second baseman defensively is what he could do offensively.Last season he hit .188 in his first 27 games on his way to a career-worst .255, although his .326 on-base percentage was in line with his typical numbers. Kendrick will earn $10 million next season in the second year of a two-year contract.“He got off to a slow start and there were some concerns, but by the end, the way he ended the season, that’s more what you would expect from the ebb and flow of a season,” Zaidi said. “He had some great at-bats in the playoffs. That’s not a concern for us moving forward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Free agent updateZaidi would commit to little about the Dodgers negotiations with their current free agents – he said they are talking to all of them – but he did concede that Justin Turner may be a higher priority because he’d be harder to replace.The Dodgers have plenty of starting pitching depth to replace Rich Hill and there are other marquee closers available to replace Kenley Jansen.The third base market is thin, though. After Turner, the next best free agent third baseman is Luis Valbuena.“That’s a spot where there aren’t a ton of free agent options,” Zaidi said. “We’d look internally or the trade route if it gets to that point (of replacing Turner).”AlsoZaidi said one of the Dodgers’ priorities this winter is getting some right-handed hitting to help improve their performance against left-handed pitchers. The Dodgers’ .622 OPS against lefties was the worst in the league … The Dodgers were among the teams that was represented at Greg Holland’s workout in Arizona on Monday. Holland, formerly one of baseball’s best closers, is trying to come back from Tommy John surgery.last_img read more

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UFC Phoenix: Francis Ngannou ready to begin path back to title contention

first_imgMORE: UFC Phoenix: Timing was right for Velasquez to end hiatusMiocic had other plans in mind and dominated Ngannou to win a lopsided decision. After some time off, Ngannou returned at UFC 226 against fellow slugger Derrick Lewis. Instead of getting the expected slugfest, Ngannou put on a miserable performance, doing virtually nothing for 15 minutes and losing the bout. All the shine was gone, and many viewed Ngannou as a flash in the pan. Ngannou’s back was against the wall when took on rising contender Curtis Blaydes. “Mentally, as a human being, we all have different types of energy,” Ngannou told Sporting News. “I knew I needed to come back and get a big win so I can believe in myself again. That’s where my confidence was. I was excited to get back in the cage. I wanted it to be a new beginning for me.”Join DAZN and watch Bellator 216 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearWith his confidence starting to wane, Ngannou roared into Beijing and blasted through Blaydes in 45 seconds to end the year on a good note and regain some of the swagger he had at the beginning of the year. He looks to continue that momentum as he faces off with former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the main event at Sunday’s UFC Phoenix.”(The win over Blaydes) was very important,” Ngannou said. “To finish the year with a win was very gratifying considering how the year was going, to regain some confidence for myself. When you go through a hard time like I was going through, different things can happen. You can put too much pressure on yourself. I needed to get done with that and make a plan for my career and regain my confidence.”This wasn’t the first time Ngannou (12-3) had to deal with negativity and figure out a way to overcome a bad situation. Growing up in Cameroon, Ngannou went from bouncing from home to home with his parents to becoming homeless. That was before he moved to Paris to begin his MMA journey. Going through those trials and tribulations helped him overcome his first true setback as a professional athlete.”I learned that I know I have the ability to be able to overcome any kind of situation,” Ngannou said. “That is the story of my entire life. I know that I can overcome anything. It’s not something I just learned to do. I lost the first two fights of my career. I knew I had to go back and remember all the adversity I went through in my life before I got here. I know I can overcome anything. 2018 was the year that I had to remind myself exactly who I am and what I am capable of doing.”MORE: Ngannou ready to uppercut, shatter window of opportunityVelasquez (14-2), a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, returns to the Octagon for the first time in 31 months. But the opportunity to fight him first entered Ngannou’s mind before he even got into MMA. Now, he gets to live out his dream.”I saw the MMA awards when he was the champion at the time,” Ngannou said. “I went on YouTube and watched videos of him. For me to fight him would mean that I’m a monster and a great fighter. Then as I got farther into the sport and studied more, I realized that Cain is a legend. Not everyone wants to fight a legend. You have to be a good fighter too.” The heavyweight division is in a bit of turmoil. Champion Daniel Cormier is on the mend and battling some injuries. When he returns, he’s expected to fight Brock Lesnar. But with Lesnar in WWE, going back to the UFC is far from certain. Cormier wants Miocic to earn his way back to a rematch after knocking him out in the first round to win the title at the aforementioned UFC 226. Ngannou understands the landscape and feels a dominant win over someone of Velasquez’s caliber could have him jump the line and earn one more crack at UFC gold.”A win for me means a lot,” Ngannou said. “It would give me some satisfaction. It would give me a win that would get me right back to another title shot.” Francis Ngannou burst into 2018 ready to become the next Mike Tyson of the UFC. The 6-5 behemoth possessed ferocious power never been seen before in the promotion. He finished his first six opponents inside of two rounds. The icing on the cake was a vicious uppercut that nearly sent Alistair Overeem’s body flying into Canada at UFC 218 in December 2017. Six weeks later, he was set to challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 220.last_img read more

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Lazio Prepares a New Contract for Senad Lulić

first_imgSenad Lulić, the player of the national team of B&H and a member of Italian Lazio could get a new contract from the “sky-blue” team, according to Corriere dello Sport.Lulić was recently wanted by many clubs, but Lazio refused all those “attacks” because the club’s president wanted 18 million Euors.Our player, who will play in the match against Cyprus as well, had a contract with the Italian team up to the year 2017, and soon he could get a new one, with even better conditions.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more

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What channel is Chiefs vs. Texans on today? Time, TV schedule for NFL divisional playoff game

The NFL playoff schedule for 2020 brings a unique set of national TV broadcasts, with three networks and the associated TV channels presenting four games over the span of two days in the divisional round. Today’s Chiefs vs. Texans game in Kansas City, scheduled to kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET, will be shown on CBS.This game, it should go without saying, is all about the star quarterbacks. The matchup of Houston’s Deshaun Watson (24) and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (24), both of whom were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, marks the third matchup in the divisional round of the playoffs between two quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era. CHIEFS vs. TEXANS PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsWhile the Chiefs are in this game thanks to the first-round bye they earned as the AFC’s No. 2 seed, the Texans are here thanks to the heroics of Watson. In Houston’s overtime win over Buffalo in the wild-card round, Watson completed 20 of 25 pass attempts (80 percent) for 247 yards and a touchdown and added 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.If Watson rushes for at least 50 yards Sunday against Kansas City, he will become the first quarterback with at least 50 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games in NFL history.Below is all the info you need to watch Chiefs vs. Texans on Sunday, including the TV channel and kickoff time.MORE: Full betting preview for Chiefs vs. TexansWhat channel is Chiefs vs. Texans on today?TV channel (national): CBSTV channel (Kansas City): KCTVTV channel (Houston): KHOULive stream: Yahoo! | DAZN (in CA)Sunday’s Chiefs vs. Texans game on Sunday will be called by the network’s No. 1 crew. That means Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be on the call, and Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.For those who can’t watch Chiefs vs. Texans on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Houston call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the Kansas City call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only)Chiefs vs. Texans: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Jan. 12Start time: 3:05 p.m. ETIn both our picks against the spread and our straight-up predictions for the divisional round, Sporting News projected a Chiefs win over the Texans. Below are the explanations.Against the spread: The Texans used a strong ball-control game plan to defeat the Chiefs 31-24 in the teams’ regular-season matchup at Arrowhead Stadium back in October. They had the ideal power rushing attack working to keep Patrick Mahomes off the field, nearly doubling up in time of possession. The Chiefs remain vulnerable against the run, but their all-around defense has been much improved since that Week 6 loss.The Texans don’t have coverage answers for Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, and Mahomes will be way more efficient passing than Josh Allen was against Houston in the wild-card round. On the flip side, look for former Texan Tyrann Mathieu to make a big play against Deshaun Watson to punch Kansas City’s ticket to a second straight AFC championship game.Pick: Chiefs win 27-14 and cover the spread.Straight up: The Chiefs are the biggest favorites in the divisional round for good reason. Not only are they completely healthy and fresh off their first-round bye, but they’re riding a hot streak fueled by Patrick Mahomes’ ridiculous arm and the mismatches his targets create. Even with J.J. Watt back in the mix to make things uncomfortable for the reigning league MVP, Houston will struggle to keep Kansas City below its average of 28.2 points per game.The Texans will have to approach this game the same way they handled their regular-season win over the Chiefs. That ball-control strategy led to a season-high 192 rushing yards as a team and a 31-24 victory, and Mahomes was on the field for only a third of the game. While the Chiefs’ defense has improved dramatically since that Week 6 meeting, it remains vulnerable, especially against a QB like Deshaun Watson. That’ll keep the game closer than expected, but it won’t lead to an upset.Pick: Chiefs 28, Texans 24MORE: Playoff predictions through Super Bowl 54 NFL playoff schedule: Divisional roundBelow is the full NFL divisional playoff schedule for 2020, complete with TV channels and live stream links.Saturday, Jan. 11MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamVikings at 49ers4:35 p.m. ETNBCYahoo!Titans at Ravens8:15 p.m. ETCBSYahoo!Sunday, Jan. 12MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamTexans at Chiefs3:05 p.m. ETCBSYahoo!Seahawks at Packers6:40 p.m. ETFoxYahoo! read more

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Someone Listen to Me, Please

first_imgBy Kathy MieleDinner was in the oven when Steven came out of his office carrying his morning coffee mug and headed to the kitchen.“The dishwasher’s dirty,” I said as he passed by.No answer.“Hello!” I called.“I heard you,” he said but I could hear the cup being placed in the kitchen sink.“If you heard me then why are you putting it in the sink and not the dishwasher?”“What?”“I just finished telling you the dishwasher’s dirty.”“Oh.”I could hear the dishwasher being opened and the cup going in.Once I heard the cabinet doors opening I figured he was looking for a snack. “Dinner’s going to be ready in 20 minutes, please don’t eat anything now.”No answer.“Can you hear me?”“I heard you,” Steven called.I heard something being opened so I figured he was too hungry to wait. He walked back into the room munching on a cracker. “Something sure smells good,” he said. “When’s dinner?”“Are you kidding?”“What?” he looked confused.“I just finished telling you dinner would be ready in 20 minutes and not to start snacking now.”“Oh.” He popped the last of the cracker into his mouth. “Sorry. But I’m still hungry so it won’t ruin my dinner.” He gave me a quick kiss on the top of my head before going back to his office.Both my boys came in the front door, talking and laughing with one another as they headed to the kitchen.“Please don’t eat anything!” I called. “Dinner will be ready in 20 minutes.”No answer. But I could hear them going through the pantry.“Hello!!!”“Oh sorry.” Alex popped his head around the corner from the kitchen. “Hello.”“Hi, Mom!” Max called from the kitchen.“I wasn’t saying hello!” I cried. “I was telling you not to eat anything because dinner’s almost ready!”Max looked at Alex. “Didn’t she just say hello?”Alex shrugged his shoulders. “I thought she did.”“I’m going to lose my mind,” I muttered to myself.“Well before you do, when’s dinner? We’re starving,” Max said, pouring some crackers into his hand before handing the box to his brother.Steven came out of his office. “Did someone say dinner’s ready?”I turned to look at Steven. “Are you kidding me?”“What?” he asked.Alex held out the box of crackers to him. “Mom’s in one of her moods again,” he explained. “Do you want a cracker?”“Sure. I’m starving. I wonder when dinner will be ready?”The boys just shrugged their shoulders.last_img read more

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Rocío Gálvez: “Why won’t Levante be second this year”

first_img-Go back to what was your home to measure against Atlético, how do you face the match?-It is a complicated encounter, we face the champion of the First Iberdrola and the situation, both of them and ours, we are looking forward because we have both teams losing both in the Super Cup and in the Copa de la Reina and we have to win , because we play second place. Atlético is a very strong team, it will be a great match.-It is clear that the great incentive is that second position that gives access to the Champions League and today you depend on yourself to get it.-Yes, this year we are very close. We are two points away and whoever wins this match will have all the chances of getting that second place. It is an important game for both teams, they to go a little and we to snatch the second place we are waiting for.– Was the goal at the beginning of the season to achieve that Champions League place?Yes, our goal has always been to get into the Champions League. Levante has been in third position for many years and we must give a plus. Achieving the Champions League is a goal we had from the start.-How is the costumes after the eliminations in Super Cup and Queen’s Cup?-We are a bit screwed … losing the Super Cup and the Cup in four days is not easy for a team. We know how to recover and we know that on Sunday there is an important game and we will win very well. We are a little touched, but knowing that we have to recover as soon as possible because we have an important game.-Once Sevilla was the executioner, do you have that account pending with the Hispanics?-The thorn we have to take it off. This year may not be, but next year hopefully we can take it off next year in the Cup against Sevilla.– Do you make more dangerous the fact of only being able to opt for Champions?-Yes, it makes us stronger, although it has been a fat stick. We are an ambitious team and we want second place, it is the objective. We have our heads on the game and we just want to win and win to get that place.-Al Levante in recent years is costing the big win, but on Sunday they will meet one of the worst Athletics in recent years.-Even though he is the worst in recent years, he is the current champion of the First Iberdrola and Atlético is never considered dead. Every year they have been Barça and Atleti and this year why it will not be the second Levante. It would be a blow at the table and show that Levante can also be between the two best in the league.– It makes him more dangerous to the Athletic one that can only fight by that second position? -Yes, we are in the same situation, we have to fight for that second place and we have to give everything and recover to play the game. They are very dangerous, they have a great team, they will go for the game.-In the first round, Atlético took the game 0-1.-It was a fucked up defeat, because we made a great game, we knew how to dominate him and in the end we have to try to make the mistakes they have in the goal and defend them to death because they are very dangerous. You have to put those opportunities.-This summer went from Betis to Levante, how are you in Valencia?Very well, I am improving individually and collectively, it has been a big leap in the professional and it suits me very well to improve what I needed to aspire to what I have always wanted.-What is it that you have always wanted?-Be absolute international, maintain the level and play a World Cup and European. I had to make that leap, Betis is a great team but in the end Levante takes one more step and had to give it-Mary Pry is blindly trusting you and is getting along perfectly with Ivana.-María and I have known each other for many years. I understand very well with Ivana. Not only Ivana, also Guti and Ruth make us both better to get to the weekends. That Pry bet on us is essential.– He speaks of arriving at the Absolute Selection, for the moment he goes with the Promises and sometime – Vilda has called him for training, what is clear is that his name is on the table of the coach …-Yes, they are betting on me. In the promises I go and in the end the calls will arrive. I am never in a hurry to arrive, it always comes from work, work is always above, when that call comes because it will come-In the Levante you have found many young players of those lower categories that have given so many joys.-We know each other from lower categories and it is a good sign that those that come can reach First. It is good for Spanish football that we are there and both outside, they also make a good team and improve the league and improve us. It is good for Spanish football and for all.-It seems that the agreement is getting closer every day, how do the players live this negotiation in which the most affected are you, the players?– One thing or another is said but no agreement is reached. The harmed ones are us and women’s football and that everyone already reaches an agreement, the agreement is signed because the players are looking forward to it. It is a signature and that the agreement we are waiting for is signed.-And that you only talk about football again …-To talk about football and enjoy what we do many years ago. We expect a signature and that everything is fine and we can be calm and not have to stop and strike or anything.last_img read more

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