Klopp: Henderson Is Still Key For Liverpool

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Jordan Henderson will remain a key part of the Liverpool squad, despite the addition of Fabinho and Naby Keita according to Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool gaffer returned to the team after leading England to the World Cup semifinals. The Reds have thrived in his absence, beating United 4-1 and Roma 5-0.

Klopp, though, insists the midfielder remains in his plans for the 2018-19 season, with Fabinho and Keita’s signings addressing the loss of Emre Can to Juventus.

“Hendo is so important to us, not only as a player but also as a person and as a leader,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“You need these players like Hendo and Millie [James Milner] to help create a special spirit in the squad, otherwise it doesn’t work. There are no doubts about Hendo. I didn’t need the final proof in and around the World Cup or in last season.

“He had to learn kind of a new position for him. I still remember the Burnley game [at Turf Moor in August 2016] when we lost 2-0 with 80 per cent possession. Hendo for sure was involved in the first goal with a press ball that he didn’t win. One of the main things I was asked about after the game was: ‘Can he really play as the No. 6?’

“I said: ‘Yes, he can and he will.’ He had to learn and he had to improve and that’s exactly what he did. He can still play as the eight or we could play some games with a double six, Fabinho could play the eight or whatever, that’s all possible.

“If things were fixed with just one line-up and all the others were only needed when the rest are ill that would be the wrong way and we’d have no chance.”

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Vidal Eager To Face Barcelona In Supercopa

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Aleix Vidal is eager to face former club Barcelona in the Supercopa, after completing his switch to Sevilla.

The winger returned to his former club of Sevilla, signing a four-year deal, after joining Barcelona in 2015.

Sevilla has paid an initial fee of €8.5 million, which could eventually rise to €10 million. And Vidal is fit to play in the Supercopa.

“They’re coming in having played with their national teams and I hope to be able to experience that first success, even if it’s against my former team-mates,” said Vidal, who won the 2014-15 Europa League with Sevilla.

“I come having trained from July 9, though it’s true that I decided to not force myself physically so there were no problems being here. But I’m in good shape on a physical level and mentally and I really want to start making the most of it.

“I come here with even more excitement than when I arrived from Almeria [in 2014]. They’ve been three difficult years for me. I’m in the ideal position to come back to be who I’ve always been.”

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for Danny Welbeck, with Premier League trio Everton, Bournemouth and Southampton interested.
Toby Alderweireld remains hopeful of completing a move away from Tottenham by Thursday, with Manchester United still interested in the Belgium centre-back.
Crystal Palace are considering re-signing Yannick Bolasie from Everton.
Nathaniel Clyne is in line to stay at Liverpool beyond the end of the transfer window after earning a place in Jurgen Klopp’s plans during pre-season.
David Luiz has backed Willian to remain at Chelsea this summer, saying his compatriot would only leave the club he loves for an offer “totally out of reality” or if he was kicked out.
West Ham and Newcastle are interested in signing Lille midfielder Thiago Maia.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Pep Guardiola will consider John Stones as an emergency holding midfielder if Manchester City do not secure cover for Fernandinho before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Jose Mourinho has explained that Marcus Rashford was given the No 10 shirt because ‘he wanted it’.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Contrary to reports, Everton have not agreed a deal to sign Barcelona defender Yerry Mina and are refusing to pay over the odds for the 23-year-old Colombia international.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez believes his long line of trophies at his previous clubs shows that when he is allowed to do his job, he can deliver success to a football club.
Adam Armstrong felt it was the ‘right time’ to leave Newcastle United after completing his permanent move to Blackburn.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Bristol City have accepted a bid for Joe Bryan from Aston Villa and Steve Bruce has been given permission to talk to the left-back.

EXPRESS & STAR
Wolves could leave their Molineux home of 129 years and build a new stadium elsewhere, chairman Jeff Shi has admitted.

FOOTBALL.LONDON
Willian has committed his future to the Maurizio Sarri project at Chelsea, putting an end to the talk of a swap deal with Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

THE DAILY ECHO
Mark Hughes has refused to entirely rule out Southampton dipping into the transfer market before the close of the window but admits it is unlikely.

WATFORD OBSERVER
Dimitri Foulquier is looking to leave Watford this summer after failing to make an impact at the Vicarage Road club.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth are set to shatter their club transfer record when Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma joins the club on Tuesday.

WALES ONLINE
Cardiff City are preparing a €3m bid for Besiktas striker Alvaro Negredo, according to reports in Turkey.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest are among a handful of suitors linked with a move for Liverpool starlet Sheyi Ojo, according to reports.

IPSWICH STAR
Ipswich Town remain in contact with Blackpool regarding defender Curtis Tilt but interest in a loan move for Cardiff striker Omar Bogle is cooling.

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Manchester United Defender Axel Tuanzabe Rejoins Aston Villa On Loan

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Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has rejoined Aston Villa on loan for a second consecutive season

Speaking to AVFC.co.uk about his return to Villa Park, the 20-year-old defender said, “It’s great to be back. This is a big, big club and to represent it again is a big honour for me.

“It made perfect sense for me to return for the season ahead. I know my way around the place now and owe a lot to the great people who’ve really looked after me.

It was a no-brainer and now the ambition remains the same as last season – to reach the Premier League. I believe the squad we have here are more than capable of achieving it and playing at that level.”

Axel Tuanzebe has been a United player since he joined the club’s academy at the age of eight, going on to make his first team debut under Jose Mourinho in the latter stages of the 2016/17 season.

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Borussia Dortmund Comfim Signing Of Axel Witsel From Tianjin Quanjian

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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Axel Witsel from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian in a deal believed to be worth €20m

Axel Witsel helped Belgium to third place at the World Cup this summer and has now agreed on a four-year contract with Dortmund that promises to keep him at Westfalenstadion until 2022.

It marks a return to Europe for the player 18 months after he made the move to China.

“After the World Cup, it was my goal to move from China back to Europe,” Witsel told BVB.de.

“I’m totally happy and also proud to be allowed to play for BVB soon. After our first conversation, I did not have to think twice, because for me Borussia Dortmund is one of the best clubs on the continent. Honestly, I cannot wait to run aground in front of 81,000 people. ”

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc commented, “For many months we have been keen to sign Axel Witsel and we are very happy that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund.

“Axel is a player with a great deal of international experience who has all the skills to shape the central BVB midfield: tactical understanding, powerful tackling, speed, creativity and mentality.”

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Fayose Speaks On “Defecting To APC, Going To See Tinubu”

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Fayose Speaks On “Defecting To APC, Going To See Tinubu”

The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has described rumours that he is on the verge to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “self-deceit,” in what seems to be a reaction to reports that he visited the residence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Lagos.

The internet was awash with reports that Fayose paid a visit to Tinubu’s residence at Bourdillion, Ikoyi, alongside his deputy, Professor Olusola Eleka at the weekend.

But in a tweet on Sunday, August 5, 2015, Fayose, who is a very fierce critic of the APC-led Federal Government, restated that he’s still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he believes has all it takes to “rescue Nigeria and its people from the APC tyrannical govt.”.

Fayose tweeted, “I remain in PDP and those associating me with the APC can continue to celebrate their own political self deceit.

“Together we must rescue Nigeria and its people from the APC tyrannical govt.”

“Linking me with any APC leader is like saying that I’m associating with armed robbers who stole the mandate of Ekiti people. If it will remain one man that will continue to stand against the tyrannical govt of Buhari and his APC, that one man will be Peter Ayodele Fayose.”

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Beyonce Reveals She’s Embracing Her Curves And Fuller Body After Birth Of The Twins

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Pop superstar Beyonce opened up about giving birth to her twin sons, Sir and Rumi Carter in an interview with Vogue for the September issue.

Beyonce explained that she was much more patient and kind with herself during her second pregnancy, compared with the rush of getting back into shape after her first.

“After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy.” She said.

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Beyonce with Rumi and Sir.

“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section.” Beyonce added. Toxemia, also known as preeclampsia, is a rare pregnancy condition that causes high blood pressure and can lead to serious complications, according to Mayo Clinic.

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Beyonce’s Vogue cover

The multiple Grammy winner told the magazine “During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be … I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too … To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller.”

 

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Abraham Hopeful Of Chelsea Chance As Batshuayi And Giroud Near Return

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Tammy Abraham is hoping to break into the Chelsea squad, after a promising preseason, as Giroud and Batshuayi are returning to Chelsea.

Morata started the Community Shield against City, with Batshuayi and Giroud returning to London this week. Giroud is wanted by Marseille while Batshuayi is on the radar of Valencia and Sevilla.

Abraham, meanwhile, hopes that he can remain at Stamford Bridge, despite having Aston Villa wanting to secure him on loan, and says he is happy that Sarri has involved him in the club’s pre-season programme.

“For me, hopefully it’s at Chelsea,” said Abraham, reflecting on his future. “I would like to remain in the first team, do the best I can and get a couple of goals to my name as well and see where it goes from there. Hopefully I can lift a trophy at the end of the season.

“My main focus right now is staying at Chelsea and obviously I’m here right now and playing and I couldn’t really ask for more. We are a team at Chelsea, there is obviously going to be massive competition, it’s never going to be easy and for me, as a young guy.

“I’ve always wanted to make my way into the Chelsea team and fight my way to the top. A team like Chelsea, one of the best teams in the world, obviously are going to have great strikers as well, besides myself, so it’s all about hard work in training.”

The 20-year-old has already had two successful loan spells at Bristol City and Swansea City, which led to him earning two international caps for England in 2017-18.

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Soldiers Destroy Camp Belonging To Herdsmen In Benue (PHOTOS)

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Soldiers Destroy Camp Belonging To Herdsmen In Benue

The Nigerian Army has shared photos of burnt camp belonging to suspected herdsmen in Gbajimba-Akor axis in Guma local government area of Benue state.

I was gathered that some soldiers encountered alleged armed herdsmen along the Gbajimba-Akor axis in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State and razed their camp on Saturday.

A statement issued by Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, revealed that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in the state  encountered the “armed militiamen with large herds of cattle.”  And the soldiers “dislodged the armed militiamen from their camp following superior firepower.”

Chukwu added that an unspecified number of the alleged armed herdsmen were suspected to have been killed by the troops, “while others escaped into nearby bushes with gunshot wounds. Efforts are on to get other fleeing members of the armed militiamen by the troops.”

Items recovered included; one AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 rifle magazines, 60 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and five motorcycles.

Chukwu went on to encourage members of the public to report suspicious movements or activities in their area to the law enforcement agents for prompt action.

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Williams Likens Zaha To Bale And Neymar

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Crystal Palace midfielder, Jonny Williams has compared the impact Wilfried Zaha has at Crystal Palace to Bale’s influence in Wales and Neymar’s influence in PSG.

Zaha played a pivotal role in keeping Crystal Palace in the Premier League last season, scoring nine goals and assisting three, as they finished 11th on the log.

The Ivory Coast international has attracted interest from Tottenham and Chelsea, with his contract till 2022.

“I just think he’ll be such a big miss [if he leaves],” Williams told Express Sport.

“A bit similar to when we play for Wales and we’re missing Bale. It’s that effect he has on the Crystal Palace team.

“He is our star man and everyone knows that. That’s why he’s getting talked about with big teams wanting him because I think he’s at that point now where if big teams take him I think he’ll kick on again because it’s all there for him.

“It’s just up to him now but then I don’t think Palace can afford to let him go.

“I don’t think it’s possible to replace him. I think the effects he has single-handedly on games, as I saw against Reading, he just takes it into his own hands with the responsibility to win games by himself.

“His ability is up there, it’s the best I’ve seen and always has been. I think he’s got that ability to go round people like they’re not there and he just seems to enjoy it with all his tricks.

“He reminded me of Neymar against Reading to be honest. He’s just a joy to watch and play alongside.”

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Social Media Influencers Meet To Reshape Africa At The #SMJURY2018 (PHOTOS)

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Social Media Influencers Meet To Reshape Africa At The #SMJURY2018

At the 6th edition of the Social Media Jury Conference, Entrepreneurs from all walks of life gathered together on the 26th of July at the Prestigious Oriental Hotel to discuss the theme ‘’Leveraging Digital Channels for Growth’’.

Welcoming guests at the event, the Convener of the SM Jury, Tonia Odili, said the goal of the Jury, ‘’is to play an instrumental role in developing entrepreneurs and businesses in Nigeria’’.

She further highlighted the achievements of the SM Jury which includes training of over two thousand young and creative entrepreneurs within a period of two years and more than 60 percent success stories from attendees.

Speaking at the event, ex housemates of Big Brother Naija , Tobi Bakare and Lolu Shomuyiwa advised brands to define the primary goal they are trying to achieve via digital channels and also choose to be relevant in all their communinications.

The Communications lead of Microsoft Nigeria, Muyemi Orimolode and CEO of Erdters, Abiola Fabio also emphasized the importance of consistency as key to every start up business because it helps to build trust in the minds of customers.

Rant master and Instagram Comedian, Lasisi Elenu also spoke extensively on the theme.

The event was moderated by on air personality Onoge Tega Ben.

The SM Jury is proudly supported by Epe Resort, Make up by Chinny, Sweet Kiwi,  Coldstone Creamery, Infusion Cakes, XXIV Karat Nigeria, Mpearlz, Nigerian Breweries, Godfessions, Endorse Water and the U.S Embassy.

The SM Jury is an NGO that brings together young and creative entrepreneurs, brands, personalities etc. to have a one on one interaction with thought leaders and learn from case studies scenarios in a round table panel as it relates to Digital.

See photos below:

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Bruce: Aston Villa Prepared To Fight For Grealish

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Steve Bruce has insisted that Aston Villa are not prepared to sell any player and will hold on to Jack Grealish.

The 22-year-old is reportedly keen on joining Tottenham, with the Spurs itching for his signature.

However, Villa are not ready to sell, as they insist Tottenham has not met their evaluation of Grealish.

Bruce is confident of keeping Grealish beyond the end of the transfer window, but expects to face a fight for his services considering the stature of Tottenham.

“He is not for sale, however, it is very difficult when we are competing against a team which is one of the big teams in Europe now, not just in this country, and has played in the Champions League,” Bruce told Sky Sports.

“But the owner has made it pretty clear that he does not want to sell anybody and that includes Jack.”

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Amuneke Appointed Tanzania’s Head Coach

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Emmanuel Amuneke has been confirmed as the new head coach of the Tanzania football team.

The 47-year-old former Nigeria international has signed a two-year deal, replacing Salum Mayanga, who was sacked after a poor run of results.

Amuneke will be charged with getting Tanzania’s African Cup of Nations qualification back on track.

The Tafia Stars sit third in their Group L of qualifying, after drawing 1-1 with Lesotho.

Before the appointment of the 1994 African Player of the Year, Tanzania had four different coaches over four years.

Amuneke’s will make his bow when Tanzania face Uganda in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash on September 7, 2018.

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Drug Overdose: Demi Lovato Issues First Statement After Hospitalization

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Drug Overdose: Demi Lovato Issues First Statement After Hospitalization

Popular US pop singer, Demetria Devonne Lovato, better known as, Demi Lovato, has issued her first statement after she was taken to hospital for a suspected drug overdose last month.

Demi Lovato Hospitalized After Drug Overdose

In an Instagram post, Lovato, 25, said: “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction”.

“This illness is not something that… fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome,” she said.

The American singer, songwriter and actress has previously spoken about her struggle with addiction, bipolar and eating disorders.

In her statement, the singer thanked her family and medics at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai hospital, saying that “without them I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you”.

Drug Overdose: Demi Lovato Issues First Statement After Hospitalization Read Demi’s full statement from Instagram below:

I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.

I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time.

I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them, I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you.

I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.

I will keep fighting.

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Liverpool Winning The Premier League This Season Will Be Difficult – Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that winning the Premier League title this season “will be difficult”.

Liverpool head into the new season as second favourites behind the reigning champions Manchester City after strengthening their squad on the back of last term’s fourth-placed finish.

Despite spending big on the likes of Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, however, Klopp envisages a tough season ahead in what is widely billed as the most competitive of Europe’s major divisions.

“The league will be difficult,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It is not about judging our situation and thinking ‘wow, really good’. We need to be ready each week, not only for a few games. That is our challenge.

“If we win a game, we win a game and then we must win the next game as well, not be celebrating like it’s the greatest thing. I really believe our fans are spot on and know what the situation is about. The people around that trying to create stories, I am not interested in that.

“We have high expectations of ourselves but our situation has not changed. Why should it? I do not see that United has got weaker or City weaker. Tottenham have not sold a player and have stayed together. I think Arsenal and Chelsea will be stronger than last year. Everton obviously are pushing from behind. Wolves are not shy to spend money.

“When I speak about not having crazy expectations, if we keep the atmosphere within the club from last year we have a chance of a really big season and then we will see what happens.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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SPAIN

Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United this summer, with his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho having broken down. Barcelona and Juventus are battling for the World Cup-winning Frenchman’s signature and the Italian champions are willing to offer playmaker Miralem Pjanic in part-exchange. Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is currently in England to orchestrate the 25-year-old’s exit from Old Trafford. (Mundo Deportivo)

Everton have reached an agreement with Barcelona over the signing of Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina. The 23-year-old, who was linked with Manchester United, will move to Goodison Park in a deal worth £28.5m, signing a five-year contract. (Sport)

Valencia have told Real Madrid they must pay Rodrigo’s full £107m release clause if they want to sign the 27-year-old Spain international. The former Bolton loanee, who was on Madrid’s books earlier in his career, scored 16 La Liga goals last season. (Marca)

GERMANY

Manchester United have made contact with Bayern Munich to discuss a potential deal for Jerome Boateng. The German champions value the 2014 World Cup-winning centre-back at £44.5m. (Bild)

Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal to sign Axel Witsel from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian. The Belgium international will sign a four-year deal at the Westfalenstadion. (Bild)

FRANCE

Liverpool are unlikely to make another move for Nabil Fekir before the English transfer window closes on Thursday. A future approach cannot be ruled out, but the Reds’ concerns over the condition of the Lyon star’s knee – which was injured in 2016 – have put paid to any possible deal this summer. (L’Equipe)

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Peruzzi’s Record Label Owner Claims Ownership Of Davido’s “FIA,” Other Hit Songs

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Nigerian singer, Peruzzi, who is currently signed to Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), has been accused of not abiding by the terms of the contract he has with his label Golden Boy Entertainment (GBE).

The owner of GBE, Patrick Anyaene, is also accusing David “Davido” Adeleke, of treating him unfairly since the signing of his former artiste to DMW.

2Baba Accused Of Stealing His Latest Song, “Amaka” 

Peruzzi, who was officially signed to DMW in November 2017, has flourished under Davido, even as he has impressed fans when he featured on the group singles, ‘Mind’ and ‘Aje’ as well as his recent collaboration with 2face Idibia on ‘Amaka’.

It is understood that while with DMW, Peruzzi still has a running contract with GBE and the owner seems unhappy as he isn’t getting a return on his investments.

Davido Reveals Details For His US Tour

Speaking during an exclusive interview with PUNCH, on Saturday, August 4, Anyaene revealed that Peruzzi has been releasing records and he has not been getting paid.

His words: “I don’t have problems with Davido; I have issues with Perruzi, my artiste. All the songs Davido released since last year November are my records. They are my records because those songs were written by my artiste. Songs like Fia, Ada, Mind by DMW, Aje by DMW and other songs they might be working on now are all the property of Golden Boy Entertainment.”

“Peruzzi has been going for shows and getting paid; I have been patient with them since November. I am unhappy because I have not been settled. As a businessman, when you invest money in an individual, you expect a return.

“Davido has given Peruzzi some guts to do whatever he likes; he has forgotten that he signed a contract with me and I have lawyers on the case.

“Perruzi started working with me in 2016 and I was paying him salary. I officially signed him in 2017 for a three-year contract. He has breached a contract and he is an ingrate.”

“I want everyone to shine, but if you disrespect me, I have the power to bring you down. We agreed I would get royalties from all the songs written by Peruzzi and get paid periodically. It was a verbal agreement; for us to meet and put everything into a paper agreement, they are pretending to be busy.

“I am just being tactical about the whole issue; they have cheated me. Though I am aware that Davido always gets away with things, I know how to deal with them. I plan to settle things without attracting any drama, but if Davido wants to take me for granted, I will expose them. For all the songs they have released, I have original copies and I can drop them if I desire to. I also have screenshots of my conversation with Davido that can implicate him.”

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Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos Named German Footballer Of The Year

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Toni Kroos has been named Footballer of the Year by sports writers in Germany for the first time in his career

Toni Kroos was part of Real Madrid’s side that claimed a third successive Champions League title and also won the UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Despite a disappointing World Cup with Germany, Kroos landed 185 of the 475 votes cast by the Association of German Sports Journalists (VDS), in conjunction with football magazine kicker. Freiburg striker Nils Petersen came second and Schalke defender Naldo finished third.

“It is and always will be an honour to be Footballer of the Year,” Kroos told kicker. “This is a prize that is not easy to get, and not everyone gets.”

Former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes beat Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco to win the Coach of the Year award.

“I am very pleased that I have been voted Coach of the Year by journalists,” he said. “My big compliment goes to those who did not vote for me because there are many good young coaches in the Bundesliga who also deserve this honour.”

Asked about Kroos, he added: “When I got word from kicker that Toni Kroos was voted Footballer of the Year, I was very happy for him. More so because — I can say in all modesty — I helped in his career.

“In my long career as a coach I had a tremendous number of talented players, but with Toni Kroos I quickly felt he was willing to take the professional path.

“Not only did he listen to and internalise what he was told, he also implemented instructions. He maintained this behaviour for years and the result is a great career.”

Lyon’s Dzsenifer Marozsan picked up the Women’s Footballer of the Year award for the second time in succession after success in the Champions League.

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Mario Gomez Announces His Retirement From The Germany National Team After World Cup Disaster

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Germany striker Mario Gomez has announced his retirement from international football but has not ruled out a return for the Euro 2020 if “the head coach is in desperate need for players.”

Mario Gomez scored 31 goals in 78 appearances for Germany

He announced his decision to quit the team through a statement on Facebook.

“My international career was not always easy and I was not always successful, but the experience has been wonderful,” Gomez said. “It is now time for me to retire from the team and allow the group of young players coming through to have the opportunity to prove themselves and fulfil their dreams.”

A member of five tournament squads since 2008, except from the 2014 world cup in Brazil due to injury

Turning 35 only two days before the final of the 2020 European Championship, the former Bayern Munich player left the door open on his return if called upon by the Bundestrainer.

“I will only come back in the unlikely situation that the head coach is in desperate need for players for the European Championships in two years and I feel fit enough to join the team and help,” he said.

Gomez becomes the second player to retire from the Germany team in the aftermath of the 2018 World Cup after Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

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Cristiano Ronaldo Can Boost Quality Of Serie A At Juventus – Ronaldo De Lima

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Ronaldo De Lima believes Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo could lead Italian football back to the level it reached when he was still playing in the Serie A

Ronaldo, 41, lifted the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998, a year after he won the first of two Ballons d’Or. He spent five injury-hit seasons with the club, scoring 49 goals in 68 games before moving to Real Madrid.

His spell in Italy coincided with a golden era for Serie A, which was regarded as one of the leading leagues in world football, attracting fellow Ballon d’Or winners such as Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved and Andriy Shevchenko — and he believes another such era could be around the corner, with Juventus’ coup in signing the Portugal captain just the beginning.

“The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy is a great thing because Italian football has not recently been going through a good moment and this signing could relaunch it,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “It needs to bounce back from a difficult situation and I hope the spectacle returns.”

Ronaldo’s arrival could soon be followed by that of another Ballon d’Or candidate, with reports intensifying that Inter will sign Luka Modric.

Inter are keen to close the gap to Juve and, in such, are planning a big-name signing to aid them in their return to the Champions League.

“It’s a strange transfer window — let’s see what happens,” Ronaldo said. “I hope that this season, Inter achieve the goals they have set.

“In terms of Modric, on the other hand, I don’t know if there really are negotiations underway between the two clubs. The market closes in a few weeks so let’s wait and see. All the top clubs are strengthening and Inter are up there.”

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Deputy Governor Of Kano State Resigns, Dumps APC For PDP

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Deputy Governor Of Kano State Resigns, Dumps APC For PDP

Deputy Governor of Kano State, Hafiz Abubakar, has announced his resignation from the position during the weekend.

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 Prof. Abubakar’s notice of resignation was contained in a letter to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The letter read: “I regret to write and notify you of my decision to resign my position as Deputy Governor of Kano State with effect from Saturday 4th August, 2018.

“Your Excellency, I would have desired to remain up to the end of our tenure in order to fulfill the aspirations and expectations of the good people of Kano State as expressed in their mandate given to our joint ticket in 2015.

“But with the current and persistent irreconcilable differences on matters relating to governance and government operations, personal opinions, and the concept of, and respect for, democratic ideals and values.

“It would be unfair to my conscience, to the good people of Kano State and to you as the head of the government to continue to remain in my position as the Deputy Governor.

“Your Excellency would recall several instances I had to draw your attention to the need to understand and appreciate these differences in order to avoid drifting into the kind of unnecessary crisis we are facing today, but to no avail.”

“I have endured immeasurable and unjustifiable humiliation for over two and half years without any reason other than my principled position on issues of governance and the desire to keep the government on track.”

The deputy governor is an ally of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former governor of the state who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was gathered that his sudden resignation may not be unconnected to the planned commencement of impeachment process against him today by 31 members of the state house of assembly.

Bear in mind that he had last week defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP in a tweet on its official handle @OfficialPDPNig has since welcomed Abubakar for returning to the party.

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Paolo Maldini Appointed As New Development Director At His Former Club AC Milan

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AC Milan legendary defender Paolo Maldini has returned to the club nearly a decade after retiring, the club has confirmed.

Paolo Maldini, 50, played for AC Milan for 25 years has been appointed as the Serie A giants’ all-new sporting strategy and development director.

The position, which was created, seemingly, with the former defender in mind, offers further indication as to the long-term ideology of Elliott Management; who assumed control of the club in July of this year after owner Li Yonghong fell into financial difficulty.

“There are few words to describe what Paolo Maldini represents for AC Milan,” Paolo Scaroni, Executive Chairman of AC Milan told the club’s official website following the announcement.

“It was a privilege watching him as a player, winning countless trophies on the pitch, and I am excited and honoured to be working with him today in this new role.

“Paolo’s leadership and experience will benefit the club greatly, as will his passion and energy. Today’s appointment is yet another sign of Elliott’s commitment to build a strong foundation for long-term success.

“It will not be easy and it will take time, but we have ambitious objectives, and Paolo’s appointment is an important step toward returning AC Milan to where it belongs.”

Maldini will be unveiled to the press on Monday afternoon.

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Barcelona’s New Signing Arturo Vidal Excited To Play Alongside Lionel Messi And Luis Suarez

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Barcelona’s new midfielder Arturo Vidal is excited to get going at his new club after joining from Bayern Munich, stating his intention to “win everything” possible for the Spanish giants

Arturo Vidal became Barcelona’s fourth signing of the summer on Friday as he completed a transfer believed to be worth £27m in value.

“To be honest I am very happy,” he told Barcelona’s official website. “I am looking forward to starting training with my teammates, to wearing such a famous shirt, and to doing important things here.

“It is a dream. I hope to achieve my objectives. I am here to win all the trophies available and I will give everything on the pitch to achieve this.”

“[I will bring] a lot of fight, lots of passion, helping the team at all times, and making sure the team always wins.”

During the three-year contract, I hope we can win everything we play for,” he said. “I am excited to play with Messi, [Luis] Suarez, Sergio Busquets…they are all great players.”

Barcelona face Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup next weekend before beginning their league defence against Alaves six days later.

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Before Buhari And Saraki Defect To America

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Before Buhari And Saraki Defect To America – Tunde Odesola

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It was way back as a pastime dog breeder in Osogbo, Osun State, I discovered the pit bull is the ultimate killer dog. Strong, stumpy, fearless and conscienceless, I once witnessed my pit bull, Fletcher, bring down a goat four times its size, lion-like, burying its fangs into the jugular of the luckless creature, thereby blocking off air into its larynx, stoutly pinning it down, inviting certain death. How the brindle dog, which was a little over one-year-old, and who had never been in the wild, knew this method of pitiless killing, was shocking to me. Death was definite for the poor goat as it lay helpless and motionless in the jaws of the unblinking canine bestriding it. But my wife, at great personal risk, saved the goat by grabbing a plank and threatening Fletcher who wildly refused to let go of its prey. She performed her life-saving miracle from a respectable distance, though.

This piece was written by Tunde Odesola. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

This singular incident taught me a lesson or two about life. It reinforced in me the notion of the exception proving the rule. I, like many people raised in our part of the world, had held on to the age-long belief that casts goats in the fur of irredeemably stubborn creatures. On the day, I discovered that goats communicate intelligibly among themselves, and that they heed warning and advice.

Before the display of savagery by Fletcher, I was having a running battle with goats in my Dada Estate residence in Osogbo. Every day, goats jumped over my low fence into my compound, looking for greens. In the process, they littered my compound with feces. It wasn’t a funny matter as I had to chase nanny goats and their kids away from my compound ever so often. I didn’t buy the pit bull because of the troublesome goats, though. I got Fletcher to satisfy my love for ferocious dogs as I already had a Bullmastiff named Ruby, a Rottweiler named Snoop, a German shepherd named Bond, and a lovely Lhasa Apso named Gold. My secondary school senior, Chief Azuka Aghenu, a Minnesota-based bank chief, jokingly pins my love for dogs on my surname which means ‘a glorious hunter’.

Knowing its speed and ferocity, I never let Fletcher out of sight except at night. This particular morning, I let him roam free because I was cleaning its cage. As it saw a nanny goat with its kids in the compound, Fletcher suddenly went down on all fours, craned its head forward, took in the situation for a fleeting second, and z-o-o-m, it shot forward like an arrow from a bow. The panic-stricken kids bleated in scattered disarray while the confused mother broke into a run, but the demon in Fletcher was in full flight. It leaped at the goat and sank his teeth under its neck, both collapsed in a heap but Fletcher’s jaws remained in the neck of the goat. The whole drama took about five minutes before my wife could force the predator away from the prey. No, the jaws of pit bulls don’t lock, that’s a false myth held by many dog lovers. No dog has lockable jaws. I returned a maddened Fletcher to his cage while the goat got up groggily and was led out of the compound through the gate because it couldn’t jump over the fence after the attack, bleating and thanking its creator.

I didn’t know how the goat communicated what befell it to its ilk in the whole vicinity. I, however, noticed that that was the last time a goat strayed within a visible distance to my house which is the last building in the crescent, not to speak of jumping into the compound. Seriously! I then began to wonder, so goats could be obedient? So, goats could communicate?

While goats are doing the unthinkable in Osogbo, the rogues populating Nigeria’s political class are reinforcing the philosophy of the late Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who maintained that most Nigerian leaders are animals in human in skin. The Nigerian masses are not helping matters as they have, over the years, failed to demand good governance. Africa, especially Nigeria, has perpetually been in the backwaters because it has refused to turn on the singular, most potent source of development in the 21st Century – electricity. According to the Book of Genesis, despite God creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was still formless and empty, until the Lord said,  ‘“Let there be light’, and there was light.” It was light that gave form, beauty and meaning to creation. No wonder Jesus Christ came as Light to set the world free. There are spiritual and physical lights. On both levels, light symbolizes transformation and development. Over the years, however, Nigerian leaders have deliberately refused to make electricity work in the country, holding the citizenry to perpetual bondage because they know that light will set Nigerians free.

Nigeria’s political leadership is not solely to blame for the systemic rot that has been the nation’s lot since the late 70s. Religious leaders have also played a significant part in dragging the country towards Golgotha. The way we serve God has become highly despicable with each passing day a glorification of materialism in places of worship. Today, pastors are richer than their churches while general overseers are blind to winning souls for the kingdom. The refusal of Jesus to bow down and worship Satan (materialism) was exemplified in colonial missionaries building affordable schools, hospitals and providing infrastructure for the Nigerian citizenry. But the inability of the children of poor, tithe-paying church members to attend the schools built by modern Nigerian churches is the triumph of the gates of hell over Christendom in Nigeria.

Nigerian pastors and imams instill fear into worshippers. They see witches and wizards, obstacles and upheavals, want and poverty plus penury. And the only way to be free from these demons is to empty your pockets. America isn’t a sinless country. But God blesses America because it’s a country that protects and preserves God’s creation. Unlike Nigeria, America protects animals. It’s highly illegal to kill even a snake let alone squirrels, raccoons, reindeers, grass cutters, turtles, rabbits, birds etc that roam everywhere unhindered, giving a surreal picture of paradise on earth. America also protects the flora via intensive afforestation. America respects the elderly and the indigent as seen in the innumerable government-financed care homes nationwide. Unlike Nigeria, America adores her female folk, a reason why women are adequately protected by law in times of separation or divorce. In terms of care and protection of children, no Nigerian public university has the security, infrastructure, corresponding manpower, resources and funds enjoyed by any public high (secondary) school in America.

America lives God’s injunction which urges man to take dominion over earth. USA purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for $7.2m at approximately two cents per acre. Alaska is almost twice the size of Nigeria with its 1.718m square kilometer area to Nigeria’s 927,768 square kilometer area. Today, Alaska is rich in fish, natural gas, oil, lumber, wildlife and tourism.

A desert, Arizona was formerly a Mexican territory which was sold to America for $10m after the Mexican-American War between1846 and1848 which Mexico lost. America wanted the land as a better route for the construction of the southern transcontinental railway, and gave a juicy offer the cash-strapped Mexican government couldn’t reject. Today, the hitherto wastelands of Alaska and Arizona have more potential than Africa.

The gale of defections among the political class reminds me of scenes from my youthful days in Mushin, Lagos State, when dogs fiercely dragged rags among themselves.

NB: A telephone discussion with a former Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Chief Kayode Akinmade, inspired this article.

This piece was written by Tunde Odesola. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Willian Keen To Remain At Chelsea Despite Interest From Barcelona And Manchester United

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Chelsea winger Willian has suggested that he intends to remain at the club this season.

Willian has been heavily linked with an exit out of Stamford Bridge before August 9.

However, Willian has revealed that he is “very happy” with life at the Blues and is excited to work with new head coach Maurizio Sarri, despite alleged interest from Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: “I’ve always made it very clear that I’ve always been very happy playing for Chelsea. I never said that I want to leave the club.

“This is a new era, with a new manager and I’ve had a very good conversation with him, so I hope we can enjoy a lot of victories.”

Chelsea failed impress on Sunday as they lost the Community Shield to Manchester City, but Willian says the team will need time to adapt to Sarri’s new way or working.

“Without doubt, we all like this style of play, all the players,” he said. “We have to do all we can to keep improving.

“Of course, the beginning is always a little more difficult to adapt to a new style of play, which changes everything, but we have everything we need to improve, to continue working and start the season well.”

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