Calhanoglu Denies Saying He Wants To Join Chelsea

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Hakan Calhanoglu, playmaker for Bayer Leverkusen has denied quotes attributed to him by Fanatik, that he hopes to be a Chelsea player next season.

The Turkish news outlet says the Turkey international is hoping to line up for Chelsea next season.

But in a tweet on Monday, Calhanoglu refuted the article, writing: “I said nothing about Chelsea in the press & didn’t talk to any Turkish journalist — neither about the court decision nor about my future!”

Fanatik also stated Chelsea are looking to sign the 22-year-old attacking midfielder as replacement for Oscar, who moved to the CSL for £60 million.

Calhanoglu objected to Fanatik quoting him as saying: “God willing, I will be a Chelsea player next season.”

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Lagos State To Ban Commercial Buses (Danfo) – Governor Ambode

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The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said his government plans to remove yellow buses popularly known as Danfo from Lagos roads for a more efficient, well-structured and world class mass transportation system that would facilitate ease of movement within the city.

Speaking at the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) held at Muson Centre in Onikan with the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge Of Africa’s Future Cities,” Governor Ambode admitted that the present connectivity mode in Lagos was not acceptable and befitting for a mega city and as such, a well-structured transportation mode would soon be put in place to address the challenge.

Governor Ambode said.

“When I wake up in the morning and see all these yellow buses and see Okada and all kinds of tricycles and then we claim we are a mega city, that is not true and we must first acknowledge that that is a faulty connectivity that we are running.”

“Having accepted that, we have to look for the solution and that is why we want to banish yellow buses this year. We must address the issue of connectivity that makes people to move around with ease and that is where we are going.”

“For instance, people going from Ikorodu to CMS have started leaving their cars at home because the buses are very convenient and so why can’t we do that for other places? Yes, we don’t have the money to do that but we can go to the capital market and then improve on the technology of collection of fares and that will encourage investors and then the city will change,”

He also added that the government was also embarking on massive reform in waste management system, expressing optimism that the plan will fully be actualized by July this year.

“We are also embarking on massive reform in the waste and sanitation management system. I don’t like the way the city is and the Private Sector Participants (PSP) collectors are not having enough capacity to do it but again should I tax people to death, the answer is no. I don’t want to tax people and so we need this partnership with the private sector so that they can invest in the sanitation management of the city and in no time maybe by July, the city will change forever.”

The Governor, who recalled the massive infrastructures being put in place in critical sectors of the Lagos economy such as transport sector, road construction and rehabilitation, construction of lay-bys, and flyovers among others, said the main objective of his administration remained the growth of the Lagos economy from 5th to 3rd largest economy in Africa.

On power, Governor Ambode said the major issue had always been with transmission and advocated an embedded power initiative that would allow clusters of Independent Power Projects (IPP) to run the cities. He said he had remained focused on some issues such as infrastructure, security, job creation, power, adoption of technology as an enabler and driving investment through ease of doing business.

In his opening remarks, CVL founder and renowned development expert, Professor Pat Utomi said the idea behind the formation of the group was to get young people to begin to appreciate early what leadership was all about being service to the people.

Speaking on the theme of the symposium, Utomi said Lagos remained the best governed State in Nigeria in the last 18 years, and a good example of what the country should be beyond and without oil. He commended Governor Ambode on his leadership style, and particularly congratulated Lagos for being named by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of the 100 most resilient cities in the world.

Chairman of the occasion and former Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke said the theme of the symposium was apt considering that Nigeria’s population by 2050 would have tripled and as such it was important for the country to start planning for livable cities. He commended Governor Ambode over his achievements in office so far, saying that it was obvious that the Governor has been performing very well and he is a good example of continuity in governance.

On his part, Director of Centre for African Economies, Oxford University, Professor Paul Collier said from his over thirty years experience of coming to Nigeria, Governor Ambode has proven himself to be the third excellent Governor in a row in Lagos. Collier, who was the keynote speaker, said judging by the population projection of Nigeria by 2050, now is the time for the country to start building its cities to conform with modern trend.

He said Nigeria’s oil had been a course which messed up the economy, and so there was need to start proper planning for development.

As a way out, Collier suggested alliance between the business community and political actors, saying that to build a city that works, attention must be focused on energy and connectivity.

 

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David Luiz: Hazard’s Goal Brought Ronaldinho To Mind

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Eden Hazard scored a stunning solo goal against Arsenal and David Luiz says it reminded him of Ronaldinho.

The Belgium captain was criticised for his poor form last season and has gotten back to his former self this season .

Hazard picked up the ball in his own half and avoided at least four defenders before putting the ball in the bottom right of the goal.

“[Eden’s goal] was fantastic – it reminded me a bit of Ronaldinho,” Luiz said after the match.

“I love Eden’s talent and I love him as a person so I enjoy having this kind of person in my team.”

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Three Nigerian Lawmakers Sue United States Government For $1Bn

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The three members of the House of Representatives who were accused last year of sexually harassing some hotel waitresses and soliciting for sex in the United States of America have decided to drag the U.S government to court.

The lawmakers, House Deputy Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources ( Upstream ); Hon. Terse Mark-Gbillah; Hon. Samuel Ikon, Akwa Ibom State; and Hon. Mohammed Garba-Gololo from Bauchi State were cleared of the sexual misconduct allegations brought up against them by the United States Embassy in Nigeria, and have now filed a $1billion suit against the US government.

As the three lawmakers have been barred from entering the U.S for now, they would have to communicate with their lawyers in the U.S via electronic means.

Hon. Mark-Gbillah, who spoke on behalf of the accused lawmakers, told reporters that the lawyers had been identified and that efforts were on to finalise consultations on the suit. He also added that the lawmakers’ US visas revoked in the wake of the allegations had yet to be restored.

Mark-Gbillah said , “We have identified lawyers willing to take the case and are currently planning for the required funds to initiate the action [for damages.]”

“We will communicate with our lawyers via other media for now , but we can be granted entry by the court if we are required to appear in person . We won’t be willing to disclose the costs at this time.”

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Courtois: Conte’s Demands Inspires Us

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Thibaut Courtois has stated that the demands from manager Antonio Conte is what is driving their race to win the EPL title.

A 3-1 win over Arsenal put Chelsea nine points ahead at the top of the table, with Liverpool dropping points against Hull City.

Courtois has only conceded 17 times this season and with 14 games left in the season, the Belgium shotstopper believes they can win the title they last won two years ago with the help of a motivated Italian coach.

“It”s good if you have a manager who is demanding a lot,” the 24-year-old goalkeeper told Sky Sports News HQ.

“You have to be at your top every week, and that’s what makes you champion. If you have a manager who is not demanding then sometimes you relax and you lose games.”

“I want to improve myself to reach a higher level,” he added. “I think I’m on a very good level, but I know that I can improve myself. I think in everything you can improve.

“When I was in Belgium, I played a lot of ball short. At Atletico Madrid, the trainer preferred only long balls, so you forget to play short a little. So maybe it might be the biggest point of improvement.

“Everything you can improve everyday and search for perfection and that’s what I’ll try to do.”

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Miyonse, Soma Evicted From Big Brother Naija House

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It was the end of the road for Soma and Miyonse as both housemates were voted out of the Big Brother Naija house on Sunday, 5 February.

At the live eviction show on Sunday, host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu said two of the three nominated housemates would be evicted that night.  He then asked the three housemates who were up for eviction – Efe, Soma and Miyonse – to leave the House one after the other amidst tears and shock from the other housemates. However unknown to the other housemates, the evicted trio would be sent to the arena from then on two would be asked to leave while one would return into the house. Emotions ran high as each of the housemates bade them farewell as they exited the house.

After a long wait in the arena, Ebuka announced Soma as the first evictee of the Big Brother Naija competition. A visibly sad and upset Soma was ushered to the stage were the highlights of his stay in the house played out. He admitted to have enjoyed his intimate moments with Gifty and said he kept it real in his short stay in the house.

Meanwhile, the tension in the arena was palpable as Efe and Miyonse waited to know their fates. Ebuka then called Miyonse as the second evictee from the house, automatically securing Efe’s stay in the competition.  Miyonse who had previously survived the first mock eviction had reality dawn on him when he finally departed the house for good. In his chat with Ebuka he said he had no ill feelings toward any of the housemates as he knew it was a game. When Ebuka told him his ‘cuddle buddy’, TBoss, nominated him he said he was not surprised but disappointed.

With Soma and Miyonse officially out of the Big Brother Naija house, Biggie let the other housemates into the arena to reunite with Efe. It was then the reality of the eviction set in for the housemates. A visibly grief-stricken TBoss still held on to a fleeting hope that Miyonse would be asked to return, however, that was not going to be the case.

With two housemates out of the house, nominations for the second evictions will commence Monday night. The housemates have come to the realization that it is game that has to be played strategically in their quest for the grand prize. The next eviction show holds on Sunday, 13 February.

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Conte: It Is All Fine And Dandy With Costa

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Antonio Conte was involved in a row with Diego Costa, but the manager has said it is all perfect with the striker.

The striker was dropped for the match against Leicester, but returned against Hull City and put in a fine performance. An offer from the CSL played a role in unsettling the striker.

And Conte has explained how he dealt with the situation, as well as heaping praise on the likes of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

“Diego? I was clear with him, I spoke to him forcefully and he understood me. Now everything is perfect,” he said.

“Kante is unbelievable. His dependability, we know, but he has quality, too. He even should get better in some parts. He tends to be a horizontally moving player, but needs to learn vertically.

“He’s a great kid, always helping out the other players. It was a terrific purchase. His goal against Manchester United was wonderful.

“And Hazard? He’s immensely talented. He has ability in all measures of the game.”

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Thiago Will Return Against Wolfsburg, Confirms Ancelotti

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Bayern Munich will play Wolfsburg on Tuesday in the DFB Pokal and Carlo Ancelotti is expecting Thiago Alcantara to return to action.

The Spain international will return to action for the first time in 2017, after sustaining a hamstring injury in Bayern’s training camp in Qatar.

Thiago will play the full 90 minutes in the midweek fixture and Ancelotti also confirmed Kimmich is fit after missing the 1-1 draw against Schalke.

“Thiago can help us with his quality. He is ready and he can play 90 minutes. He’ll be in the starting line-up,” Bayern’s head coach told a news conference.

“Kimmich trained today [Monday], he is fit and has no more problems. All the other players are in good shape. They’ve recovered well.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Manchester City have slammed the door shut on Sergio Aguero leaving the club this summer.
  • City are preparing a summer bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho after he joined Pep Guardiola’s brother’s agency, according to reports.
  • Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa has claimed he has had offers from the Premier League – which he has described as the ‘best league in the world’.
  • Porto are interested in potentially signing Manchester City loanee Yaw Yeboah on a permanent basis, according to reports.
  • City loanee Eliaquim Mangala has criticised his own Valencia team-mates for their lack of fight in their shock 4-0 defeat to Eibar on Sunday.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s failure to take Joe Hart on loan ‘could cost Liverpool’ according to pundit Tony Cascarino.
  • Manchester United should have signed N’Golo Kante in the summer, according to Ryan Giggs.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Jurgen Klopp refused to point the finger solely at Simon Mignolet for Liverpool’s defeat to Hull – but admits it is for the Belgian to ‘show a reaction’ after his mistake.
  • Klopp has accepted blame if Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity costs them at the end of the season.
  • Everton are eyeing a January window move for Sheffield Wednesday teenage striker George Hirst.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has signed for League Two side Notts County.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

  • Sunderland have been linked with a move for free agent Martin Caceres.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Nottingham Forest have confirmed winger Lica has joined former club Estoril.

THE SENTINEL

  • Stoke will be among the suitors when, in all likelihood, Hull part company with left back Andrew Robertson, according to reports.

EXPRESS & STAR

  • Burnley are reported to be taking a look at young centre-half Harry Flowers – the grandson of Wolves legend Ron Flowers.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Steve Bruce has joined Tottenham and Arsenal in the hunt for League Two starlet Bright Osayi-Samuel.

COVENTRY TELEGRPAH

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NDA Extends Deadline For 69th RC Registration | Announces Cut-Off Marks For Admission [Register Here]

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The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) wishes to inform the general public that the sale of its on-line application forms for 69 Regular Course (RC) has been extended to 31 March 2017.

The extension of the registration deadline was to enable candidates buy JAMB 2017 application form and obtain their JAMB Registration Number.

76 Regular Recruitment: Nigerian Army Fixes New Date For Zonal Screening

All Applicants are to note that the NDA Entrance Examination will take place on 22 April 2017 at designated centres across the country. Only candidates with JAMB 2017 Registration Number will be eligible.

CLICK HERE TO PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION

The Nigerian Defence Academy also promised to await JAMB 2017 exam results before shortlisting candidates for the Armed Forces Selection Board (AFSB) interview in June, 2017.

Only candidates who score a minimum of 180 (for Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Military Science & Interdisciplinary Studies) and 210 (for Faculty of Engineering) in JAMB 2017 examination shall be offered admission into NDA by the AFSB.

Only 2017 Registration Number and subsequent JAMB results will be considered in the NDA admission process for 2017.NDA Extends Deadline For 69th RC Registration | Announces Cut-Off Marks For Admission

NDA Extends Deadline For 69th RC Registration | Announces Cut-Off Marks For Admission

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force 2017 Recruitment Exercise Is Ongoing | Register Here

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READ ALSO:NDA 67th Regular Course Admission List 2015/2016 Released (See List Of Successful Candidates)

READ ALSO: Nigerian Air Force 2016 Recruitment Exercise Ongoing |Register Here

READ ALSO: List Of Batch ‘A’ Candidates For NAF 2016 Recruitment Interview | Check Yours Here

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NDA Extends Deadline For 69th RC Registration | Announces Cut-Off Marks For Admission [Register Here]

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The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) wishes to inform the general public that the sale of its on-line application forms for 69 Regular Course (RC) has been extended to 31 March 2017.

The extension of the registration deadline was to enable candidates buy JAMB 2017 application form and obtain their JAMB Registration Number.

76 Regular Recruitment: Nigerian Army Fixes New Date For Zonal Screening

All Applicants are to note that the NDA Entrance Examination will take place on 22 April 2017 at designated centres across the country. Only candidates with JAMB 2017 Registration Number will be eligible.

CLICK HERE TO PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION

The Nigerian Defence Academy also promised to await JAMB 2017 exam results before shortlisting candidates for the Armed Forces Selection Board (AFSB) interview in June, 2017.

Only candidates who score a minimum of 180 (for Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Military Science & Interdisciplinary Studies) and 210 (for Faculty of Engineering) in JAMB 2017 examination shall be offered admission into NDA by the AFSB.

Only 2017 Registration Number and subsequent JAMB results will be considered in the NDA admission process for 2017.NDA Extends Deadline For 69th RC Registration | Announces Cut-Off Marks For Admission

NDA Extends Deadline For 69th RC Registration | Announces Cut-Off Marks For Admission

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force 2017 Recruitment Exercise Is Ongoing | Register Here

READ ALSO: List Of Successful Candidates For NAF 2016 Recruitment Interview Is Out | Check Yours Here

READ ALSO:Nigerian Air Force DSSC 2016 Recruitment Exercise Ongoing | Apply Here

READ ALSO:NDA 67th Regular Course Admission List 2015/2016 Released (See List Of Successful Candidates)

READ ALSO: Nigerian Air Force 2016 Recruitment Exercise Ongoing |Register Here

READ ALSO: List Of Batch ‘A’ Candidates For NAF 2016 Recruitment Interview | Check Yours Here

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Campbell: There Are No Leaders In Arsenal

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Arsenal could be suffering from a lack of leadership on the pitch, according to former defender Sol Campbell.

The Gunners hopes of winning a trophy in 13 years might be slipping away after back-to-back defeats to Watford and Chelsea .

Campbell won two titles with Arsenal under Wenger, but believes the struggles his old side is facing is due to the lack of leadership in the team.

“I don’t know what’s happening now, but when I was there we used to police it ourselves. We had the characters to police it ourselves,” Campbell told Premier League Daily.

“We didn’t allow the whole 45 minutes to go by, we would address it on the pitch because if you wait for 45 minutes and you are in, you might be 2-0 down.

“And we had the characters you know would say something, Patrick would say something, Tony, Martin Keown, David Seaman, all these guys, from the front Thierry, Dennis Bergkamp, all these guys would chip in on the pitch while the game was going on. That’s the key, you’ve got to have those characters on the pitch.

“The guys who will say something on the pitch, you don’t need one, you need almost four or five saying their stuff if things are not going right.

“I think with Arsene I think he believes he can win the league. I think he starts every season saying, ‘right, we can win the league playing this style of football’. Obviously reality kicks in halfway through the season. It’s not that easy because you need the personnel on the pitch.

“And also even in the stands and the bench, you need guys who can come on and make that impact and make the difference or are hungry or fighting to get on to the pitch, so when they do get on the pitch they are ready. I think it’s the balance.”

Arsenal have finished in the top four every year since Wenger arrived at the club in 1996 and Campbell fears this may miss out the Manchester United this year.

“Top four, if they keep going like that, is going to be extremely hard to get because you’ve got Man United who are motoring now,” Campbell said.

“Maybe they might just scrape it. Man United might run out of games. The might get that fourth spot, Arsenal.”

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Campbell: There Are No Leaders In Arsenal

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Arsenal could be suffering from a lack of leadership on the pitch, according to former defender Sol Campbell.

The Gunners hopes of winning a trophy in 13 years might be slipping away after back-to-back defeats to Watford and Chelsea .

Campbell won two titles with Arsenal under Wenger, but believes the struggles his old side is facing is due to the lack of leadership in the team.

“I don’t know what’s happening now, but when I was there we used to police it ourselves. We had the characters to police it ourselves,” Campbell told Premier League Daily.

“We didn’t allow the whole 45 minutes to go by, we would address it on the pitch because if you wait for 45 minutes and you are in, you might be 2-0 down.

“And we had the characters you know would say something, Patrick would say something, Tony, Martin Keown, David Seaman, all these guys, from the front Thierry, Dennis Bergkamp, all these guys would chip in on the pitch while the game was going on. That’s the key, you’ve got to have those characters on the pitch.

“The guys who will say something on the pitch, you don’t need one, you need almost four or five saying their stuff if things are not going right.

“I think with Arsene I think he believes he can win the league. I think he starts every season saying, ‘right, we can win the league playing this style of football’. Obviously reality kicks in halfway through the season. It’s not that easy because you need the personnel on the pitch.

“And also even in the stands and the bench, you need guys who can come on and make that impact and make the difference or are hungry or fighting to get on to the pitch, so when they do get on the pitch they are ready. I think it’s the balance.”

Arsenal have finished in the top four every year since Wenger arrived at the club in 1996 and Campbell fears this may miss out the Manchester United this year.

“Top four, if they keep going like that, is going to be extremely hard to get because you’ve got Man United who are motoring now,” Campbell said.

“Maybe they might just scrape it. Man United might run out of games. The might get that fourth spot, Arsenal.”

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Willy Caballero Praises “Fantastic” Claudio Bravo After Taking Over As Manchester City’s First Choice Goalkeeper

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Manchester Citys’ Backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero says he has the support of Claudio Bravo after replacing the Chilean in the Manchester City goal.

Caballero started his third successive match in Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Swansea after being preferred to Bravo by manager Pep Guardiola.

Caballero said: “It’s not been an easy week for him but his behaviour is fantastic. He supports me and we are working really hard and he has a competitive mind, so he’s doing very well.

“Claudio is a fantastic player, a fantastic keeper and we have to respect him because he is probably the keeper with more titles in his country in the last two years.”

Caballero’s run in the side started with a convincing 3-0 win at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and continued with last Wednesday’s 4-0 Premier League victory at West Ham.

Caballero, 35, said: “We put in our backpack a lot of weight when we conceded but, fortunately with Gabriel Jesus and the rest of the team, in the last 10 minutes we played with more intensity and I think that was the key.

“We played brilliantly in the first half but it wasn’t enough and we just scored one goal, but I think we played with a lot of luck because in a lot of games (we did not) – Middlesbrough, Everton at home when we dropped points.”

: “When we train during the week we receive the same indication. Whether it’s Claudio or me when we train we receive the same information, so we are ready to play and we don’t have a difference with the boss and the rest of the players.

“I was always waiting for the cup but now I am ready for every single game. I will try to work really hard for the rest of the week but he always makes the decision for the team.”

Bravo’s superior footwork skills were the key factor in Guardiola’s decision to bring him in for Hart. Caballero admits he has had to work in that area too.

He said: “I feel that I have improved with my feet from the time the boss arrived here.”

 

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Backs Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Score More Than 30 Goals

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Manchester United‘s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has backed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to pass the 30-goal mark for the club this season.

Ibrahimovic registered his 20th of the campaign across all competitions during this afternoon’s 3-0 win over Leicester City, 15 of which have come in the Premier League.

However,Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who also scored in the victory at the King Power Stadium – believes that there is still plenty more to come from the 35-year-old this term.

“This is Zlatan Ibrahimovic – you have to expect this kind of performance. I am even sure that he can score maybe 30, 35 goals this season, if not more,” he told MUTV.

“Everyone knows that he is a big, big star and I am just excited and glad that he keeps scoring a lot of goals.”

 Ibrahimovic is now the oldest player to have ever scored 15 goals in a single Premier League season.

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Former Super Eagles Striker Yakubu Ayegbeni On Trial At Coventry City

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Yakubu Ayegbeni is on trial at Coventry City, according to the Coventry Telegraph.

The former Premier League striker scored almost 100 top flight goals with Portsmouth, Everton, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers

The 35-year-old striker is set to undergo a fitness assessment with a view to offering him a short-term deal until the end of the season.

He had been playing in the Turkish Super League with Kayserispor

Coventry City are hoping former Premier League star Yakubu Ayegbeni can get the goals to fire the Sky Bluesto League One survival.

Manager Russell Slade  revealed on Friday that a player with a ‘big reputation’ was due to report to Ryton on Monday

The Nigerian international, who played in the 2010 World Cup, scored an impressive 96 goals in the English top flight during his career that spanned almost nine years at the highest level in this country, aside from one season in the Championship with Leicester City, between 2003-12.

He first made his name as a prolific goal scorer in Israel with Maccabi Haifa, for whom he scored seven goals in eight UEFA Champions League games, including a hat-trick against Olympiakos and a penalty in the 3–0 win over Manchester United.

Harry Redknapp brought him to England and signed him on loan for Portsmouth in January 2003, whereupon he scored seven goals in 14 games to help Pompey to the Division One title and promotion to the Premier League.

 Yakubu was an £11.25 million record Everton signing in 2007 – and scored an 21 goals (15 in the Premier League) in his first season at Goodison Park.

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Former Super Eagles Striker Yakubu Ayegbeni On Trial At Coventry City

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Yakubu Ayegbeni is on trial at Coventry City, according to the Coventry Telegraph.

The former Premier League striker scored almost 100 top flight goals with Portsmouth, Everton, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers

The 35-year-old striker is set to undergo a fitness assessment with a view to offering him a short-term deal until the end of the season.

He had been playing in the Turkish Super League with Kayserispor

Coventry City are hoping former Premier League star Yakubu Ayegbeni can get the goals to fire the Sky Bluesto League One survival.

Manager Russell Slade  revealed on Friday that a player with a ‘big reputation’ was due to report to Ryton on Monday

The Nigerian international, who played in the 2010 World Cup, scored an impressive 96 goals in the English top flight during his career that spanned almost nine years at the highest level in this country, aside from one season in the Championship with Leicester City, between 2003-12.

He first made his name as a prolific goal scorer in Israel with Maccabi Haifa, for whom he scored seven goals in eight UEFA Champions League games, including a hat-trick against Olympiakos and a penalty in the 3–0 win over Manchester United.

Harry Redknapp brought him to England and signed him on loan for Portsmouth in January 2003, whereupon he scored seven goals in 14 games to help Pompey to the Division One title and promotion to the Premier League.

 Yakubu was an £11.25 million record Everton signing in 2007 – and scored an 21 goals (15 in the Premier League) in his first season at Goodison Park.

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Anthony Martial Finally Reacts To Reports Linking Him With Manchester United Exit

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There were reports this morning in the national press that Antony Martial told Jose Mourinho he wanted to leave Manchester United. The player himself has issued a response.  

Anthony Martial has now come out publicly to reject rumours linking him with a move away from Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial  has struggled in his second season at the club, falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho.

And yesterday he was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Leicester.

Paris Saint Germain are among the clubs said to be interested in Martial, but the player has dispelled talk of a summer departure on Twitter.

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Anthony Martial Finally Reacts To Reports Linking Him With Manchester United Exit

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There were reports this morning in the national press that Antony Martial told Jose Mourinho he wanted to leave Manchester United. The player himself has issued a response.  

Anthony Martial has now come out publicly to reject rumours linking him with a move away from Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial  has struggled in his second season at the club, falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho.

And yesterday he was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Leicester.

Paris Saint Germain are among the clubs said to be interested in Martial, but the player has dispelled talk of a summer departure on Twitter.

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Demarai Gray : Leicester City Players Are All Behind Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester winger Demarai Gray insists the players are still behind boss Claudio Ranieri, despite their worrying run of defeats.

“We’re all together, we’re all behind each other. We have to back each other in the changing room,” said Gray.

“We’ll stay together, get back on the training ground, work on what we need to and keep doing our best on the weekends.”

City now face a huge relegation clash at Swansea this weekend with both sides level on points above the relegation zone.

Demarai Gray said the City players had already spoken about how important the game is in the landscape of the season.

“It’s massive,” he said. “The lads have already said we understand how big that game is.

“We know we’re a good team and it just hasn’t worked for us yet. We haven’t got going. We get a game plan, stick to the game plan and hopefully we get the points.”

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Demarai Gray : Leicester City Players Are All Behind Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester winger Demarai Gray insists the players are still behind boss Claudio Ranieri, despite their worrying run of defeats.

“We’re all together, we’re all behind each other. We have to back each other in the changing room,” said Gray.

“We’ll stay together, get back on the training ground, work on what we need to and keep doing our best on the weekends.”

City now face a huge relegation clash at Swansea this weekend with both sides level on points above the relegation zone.

Demarai Gray said the City players had already spoken about how important the game is in the landscape of the season.

“It’s massive,” he said. “The lads have already said we understand how big that game is.

“We know we’re a good team and it just hasn’t worked for us yet. We haven’t got going. We get a game plan, stick to the game plan and hopefully we get the points.”

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Juventus Midfielder Hernanes Close To Joining Chinese Club Hebei China Fortune

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Juventus midfielder Hernanes is closing in on a move to Chinese outfit Hebei China Fortune, according to the Serie A club’s managing director Giuseppe Marotta.

Hernanes has managed only eight league starts this term and his agent recently revealed that he could move to China to secure regular first-team football.

It appears as though he is inching closer to the Chinese Super League, with Juve’s managing director Marotta hinting that the deal could be tied up today (Monday).

Discussing Hernanes’ move to China, Marotta told Premium Sport: “This Monday we have a meeting with Hebei [China Fortune], the negotiations are fairly advanced and I think that everything will end up defined.”

Hernanes, 31, is poised to join Hebei Fortune — where two other former Serie A players, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gervinho, are playing — for an estimated €11 million.

He had been on the brink of leaving in the summer, but a proposed move to Besiktas broke down when he opted to stay in Italy and fight for his place.

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Borussia Dortmund Complete Signing Of Omer Toprak From Bayer Leverkusen

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Borussia Dortmund have announced they will sign Omer Toprak from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

Toprak, 27, has a release clause in his contract that Dortmund have met allowing him to move.

“Omer Toprak is a strong defender with international experience and great leadership qualities,” sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement on Dortmund’s official website.

The statement added: “Out of respect for their Bundesliga rival, BVB will make no further comment on Omer Toprak until the end of the current season.”

Toprak has made 181 Bundesliga appearances between Freiburg and current club Leverkusen, scoring five goals.

 He has made 182 appearances for Leverkusen in all competitions, including the Champions League, and has 25 caps for Turkey.

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Hazard: I’m Better Than I Was In 2015

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Hazard inspired and helped Chelsea to the title in 2014-15 season, but believes he is a much better player now than he was then.

The Belgium captain has regained his form after he was below par last season in Chelsea’s worst defence season.

He scored a solo goal in the 3-1 win over Arsenal and believes he is better than the season he won the league’s best player by the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ Association.

Asked if he is now a more rounded player, he said: “Yes, maybe. With experience you get more. I think I’m a better player. But I think we are in better form as a team. It’s not just me.

“A couple of years ago I was on fire. Maybe I can score more goals this season. We have a lot of games to play, we will see.

“I try to be this kind of player that when I get the ball I do something. From the moment I get the ball, I try to do something.

“Sometimes in the past, I don’t touch the ball for 20-30 minutes. But now I try to touch the ball all the time and play my football for my team-mates.

“The manager asks a lot of me. A lot. When we don’t have the ball, he wants me to defend, to close inside and be ready to chase the diagonal [pass], and when we do have it I have to counterattack and be free, always trying to do some ‘magic’ like I did here.

“We all enjoyed this game. It’s always good to score this kind of beautiful goal in a big game, and this was a big game.”

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Heavy Police Presence At National Stadium As #IStandWithNigeria Protest Begins In Lagos

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The police on Monday took over strategic locations in Lagos metropolis in readiness for the anti-government protest initially planned by popular musician Tuface Idibia alias 2baba.

OneVoiceNigeria anti government protest at the National stadium, Lagos. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

OneVoiceNigeria anti government protest at the National stadium, Lagos. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI/The Guardian Nigeria

The popular musician cancelled the protest on Sunday citing “security concerns and public safety consideration’’.

However, some groups vowed to go ahead with the protest in spite of the cancellation by its initiator.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 100 policemen were seen at the National Stadium, Surulere – the planned take-off point of the protest.

Soyinka Berates Nigerian Police For Interfering With The Anti-Government Protest

The police team, led by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, came to the National Stadium, with over 15 vehicles and one Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC).

NAN reports that other locations in Lagos metropolis with heavy police presence were the Gani Fawehinmi’s Freedom Square, Ojota and the National Theatre, Iganmu.

It also reports that at 9.00 a.m, a group of about 100 protesters from different groups had gathered at the National Stadium awaiting the arrival of other members of the group.

Tuface Bows To Pressure, Cancels Planned Protest [Watch Video]

Speaking with NAN at the stadium, Owoseni said that the police presence was not to stop the protest, but to maintain law and order during the procession.

NAN reports that the main entrance to the stadium, which was initially locked, was opened for the public to use the facility on the orders of the police commissioner.

Yemi Adamolekun, the Executive Director, OneVoiceNigeria, told NAN at the venue that the coalition was not discouraged by the last minute cancellation of the protest by Tuface.

She said the protest was not about Tuface Idibia, but about Nigeria. The planned protest had gained momentum with several public figures and civil society groups pledging to be part of it.

Tuface had called for nationwide protest against what he claimed as the worst economic crisis in the country which saw the costs of goods and services skyrocketing, with many families struggling to survive.

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Heavy Police Presence At National Stadium As #Istandwithnigeria Protests Begin In Lagos

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