Messi move to Man City is complicated but possible – Toure

first_imgLionel Messi leaving Barcelona for Manchester City is possible, according to Cote d’Ivoire legend, Yaya Toure, but the former Blues and Blaugrana star admits that any deal for the Argentine this summer will be “complicated”. The exit door is said to have been swung open at Camp Nou by the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. The struggles endured by Barca in the 2019-20 campaign are reported to have Messi mulling over his options. He has entered the final 12 months of his current contract, with extension talks having been put on hold as the Liga giants attempt to address serious issues on and off the field. Club legend Ronald Koeman has been drafted in as the club’s new boss, with the Dutchman having held talks with Messi in an effort to discover where his talismanic captain stands. It could be that the all-time great decides to sever ties with the only team that he has represented in his senior career to date. Few sides could afford to put a transfer in place if Barca were to be forced into opening themselves up to offers, but Premier League heavyweights City would fall into that category. Toure believes those at the Etihad Stadium could explore a stunning swoop, especially with Pep Guardiola in their dugout, but the Ivorian concedes that any discussions will be difficult. The City legend told the Daily Star: “It is going to be complicated. “From what I know, Messi loves Barcelona. He loves the city, he loves the club, he loves the philosophy there. “But if he had to leave the club, maybe he could come to City. Why? Because City have the money to buy him and there are only a few clubs in the Premier League who can afford him, to be honest “If he comes to City he is going to be good for City because the rest of the Premier League is quite intense and hard as well. “The way Messi plays, few managers are going to love him because he just sits off to the side and does not want to defend much. “In England – depending on who is going to criticise him for that – they want you to work, defend and attack and it is not easy. read also:Messi sees no future at Barcelona “But if he came to England, I could see him playing for City because Guardiola knows him better and he could put him in this City team to play his football. “I have a little bit of doubt that he is going to leave Barcelona, to be honest. Barcelona all boils down to Messi. If Messi leaves there is going to be a massive gap.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DaySome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistTop 8 Best Looking US First Ladies EverThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Nowlast_img read more

Bolger in no doubt of Aquam class

first_img Odds-on favourite Port Douglas tried to give chase under Joseph O’Brien, but was no match for the imposing winner, who had four and three-quarter lengths in hand at the line. Bolger said of his 11-8 winner: “I would have liked another week or 10 days, but he ran tonight as I wanted another run into him before the Futurity. He can go anywhere. “I didn’t do anything with him since the Curragh. I took it on trust and let him look after himself. “He’s the oul fella (Teofilo) reincarnated. He does everything he does and does it the same way. That’s where he’s at at the moment except he’s two weeks ahead of the father.” Teofilo finished his career unbeaten, numbering the Futurity, National Stakes and Dewhurst among his five victories. He did not race as a three-year-old. Bolger and Manning made it a double when Stellar Glow (8/13 favourite) landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. Aidan O’Brien’s On A Pedestal led entering the final furlong but again flashed her tail when asked for maximum effort by Ana O’Brien, and Manning drove Stellar Glow upsides, before winning a shade cosily by a neck. Bolger said: “She was always going to get it (the win) but made us wait a little while. “I still think there is a big day in her and hopefully we’ll fish it out of her before her career is over. “Eventually she’ll go for something big but if there’s a handy Listed race going we’ll give it a go – if there is such a thing any more!” Press Association The youngster was taking his record to two wins from as many starts – and in the process earned comparisons with his sire, Teofilo. Racing in second behind his stablemate Gleine, Kevin Manning’s mount swept to the front inside the two-furlong marker. center_img Jim Bolger was full of praise for Sanus Per Aquam in the aftermath of his impressive success in the Racecourse Of The Year Race at Leopardstown.last_img read more

Street proving critics wrong

first_imgPeople told Ben Street he should play juniors one more year. People told him, he would have to wait to get playing time at the Division I level. People told him he wasn’t going to make an impact. No one told him he would score the first goal of the season for the Wisconsin Badgers, or that he would be among the team leaders in goals by this point in the year.Good thing he didn’t listen to those people. Street came to Wisconsin from Salmon Arm, British Columbia. He was recruited by several teams, including Colorado College, North Dakota and two-time defending national champion Denver. But Street chose to come to Wisconsin because he wanted to make an impact right away with a Division I team.”A lot of the schools were looking at me playing another year of juniors and then coming on to play, so [Wisconsin] was a good fit,” said Street of his decision to forego another year of juniors to play for the Badgers.With an immediate chance to bring something to a team, Street did just that in his first game as a Badger. With the Badgers trailing 2-0 in the third period against St. Lawrence, forward Robbie Earl passed the puck to Street in the slot, who beat Saints goalie Kevin Ackley with a quick shot to cut the lead in half. The 10, 000-plus crowd went crazy for the young Canadian, whose first career goal was integral in his team’s eventual comeback.”It was like being in a video game,” Street said of the goal.Since that goal, Street has added two more, propelling him to second on the team in goals scored. With those efforts, he has shown that he belongs not at the junior level, but at the college level. He has succeeded thus far, and he continues to show improvement. Badger head coach Mike Eaves agrees that Street can make it in the WCHA.”He’s adapted pretty well,” said Eaves. “His ability to skate at that pace and think at that pace, he keeps getting better and better at it.”With 190 pounds stacked on his 5’11” frame, Street won’t overpower anyone with his size, but he has shown he has the quickness to move around people. Street has also impressed with his puck handling skills. He doesn’t possess the highlight reel moves that someone like Earl has, but he gets the job done, says coach Eaves.”I think the best way to talk about Ben is he’s effective in the way he plays,” Eaves said. “There’s not a lot of flair or flash, but he does a lot of little things well, and when the puck is on his stick he has a good stick.”He also wants to shoot the puck. Street is fourth on the Badger squad with 17 shots so far this season, and he has the most of any freshman on the team.”He shoots the puck a lot, and he gets a lot of chances out there, which is great,” said fellow freshman forward Jack Skille. “He always wants the puck out there, and that’s one of the best things I’ve seen so far.”Skille and Street are both part of a promising group of rookies that include forward Tom Gorowsky, Minnesota’s 2004 “Mr. Hockey,” as well as a couple of goaltenders in Shane Connelly and Ryan Jefferey. While the goalies may not get a chance for some serious playing time in the near future with junior Brian Elliott in net, the trio of forwards could be making a serious impact by the end of the year.As far as goals go for the young Street, he just wants to make a difference for his teammates, and he wants to help them win in any way possible.”You always want to contribute as well as you can,” said Street. “We’ve chipped in, got a few goals. We’re playing significant roles and on some of the top lines, so it’s been really good to step in and be able to contribute right away.”For now, Street continues to improve on all the things he hasn’t yet perfected, which seems to be only the little things.”He wants to get better every day,” said Eaves. “He comes here with a purpose, and that’s a real treat to be around.”last_img read more