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Agent confirms Gareth Bale's position on joining Man United

Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has confirmed that his client has no intention to leave Real Madrid in the summer.

Jose Mourinho publicly expressed interest in the Welshman over the summer when it appeared he may be dispensable for Zinedine Zidane ahead of the potential signing of Kylian Mbappe.

Any possible deal was off the table when Mbappe joined Paris Saint Germain instead, but reports of Man United’s interest have nonetheless refused to subside this season.

But Barnett, when asked about Bale’s future, insisted that his client wasn’t planning on going anywhere over the summer.

“I really respect Raiola and Jorge Mendes, we are like the Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar of agents,” he said. “Bale? I think he’s worth as much as Neymar. He loves Real Madrid and doesn’t want to leave. Gareth does not need Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid, he is already a top star of the club.”

“Bale is such a positive example for children. You will never see him in a fast food. He goes to bed early and I don’t think he is worse than Neymar. He can also battle it out for the Ballon d’Or in the future. When he joined Real Madrid Florentino Perez gifted me a pen to sign contracts. I always have it with me now.

“I think no Serie A club can afford to buy Bale. There was the interest of a top Italian club but I can’t name it. Tottenham, however, refused to sell him.”

Whether or not Bale wants to stay at the Bernabeu is somewhat beside the point given that wholesale changes are expected to occur at Madrid over the summer of which the winger could be a victim.

But given that Mourinho noted last year – back when he needed an attacking winger – that pursuing Bale would be time consuming and difficult, you sense that notion will be doubly pertinent next summer as the 54-year-old places emphasis on bolstering his midfield and full-back options.

World class Man City star's agent reveals his client's desire to play in this league

World class Man City star’s agent reveals his client’s desire to play in this league – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne’s agent feels that the midfielder is likely to end his career in the MLS.

Initially, the player was expected to return to Belgium once he is past his peak. But it seems that De Bruyne is quite fond of America and wants to play there at some point in his career.

However, the Manchester City fans have nothing to worry about as the move is not going to happen anytime soon. The £52million signing signed a new £300,000-a-week deal last month that will keep him at the Etihad until 2023.

De Bruyne has been the best player in the Premier League this season and he will be hoping to win the Champions League with Manchester City before leaving England.

The Belgian could also be a target for Chinese clubs but his agent Patrick De Koster does not see his client moving to China in future.

Patrick De Koster said: “I think Kevin will end his career in the USA rather than in Belgium. He has already been to America many times on holiday, and he loves the country and its culture. He said goodbye to his bachelor life in Las Vegas, and we have often spoken about him ending his career in the MLS. He hasn’t yet had any offers from American clubs because they know it is not worth bothering as he is at the peak of his career. Clubs in China will probably look longingly at him, but I can’t see him going over to play there.”

The 26-year-old playmaker has scored 11 goals and has bagged 17 assists in all competitions for Manchester City so far this season. He is one of the main reasons why City are now firm favourites to win the league title this year.

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Agent speaks out about Man United's interest in Jorginho

Manchester United target and Napoli midfielder’s agent Joao Santos has confirmed that a decision would be made over his future in the summer.

Jose Mourinho is keen to add to his midfield reinforcements ahead of Michael Carrick‘s retirement and Marouane Fellaini‘s potential departure in the summer.

The club has expressed interest in the Brazilian midfielder in response to his pivotal role in guiding Napoli to the top of Serie A.

And Santos, speaking earlier this week, made it clear that no decisions over his future would be made until the season ends.

“From June he’ll have two years on his contract and maybe we’ll start discussing it then, it’s pointless messing with his head,” he said.

“The contract isn’t expiring any time soon, there’s time. He’s happy in Naples, Jorginho is happy and the city is very beautiful.

“Manchester United and Manchester City? When you’re playing for the Serie A leaders it’s only logical that important teams will ask for updates: for example on the length of the contract. I’m glad to come here [to Naples] too, it’s a very Brazilian climate. In Manchester it rains too often!”

Mourinho seemingly has a litany of midfield targets to choose from, with Jean Michael Seri, Julian Weigl, Arturo Vidal, Fred and Mateo Kovacic among the other potential signings ahead of the summer transfer window.

And you sense Jorginho, a specialist in maintaining balance at the base of midfield whilst simultaneously moving play forward quickly, would be one of the more logical replacements for Carrick, but prizing him away from Naples and manager Maurizio Sarri may prove difficult.

Will Mourinho take the risk of waiting for the perfect but harder to secure midfielder, or will he find someone who would jump at joining United in a heartbeat instead?

Agent reacts to Alexis Sanchez's suspended sentence for tax fraud

Alexis Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich has insisted that his client has committed no crime after the 29-year-old accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud.

The Chile international faced going to trial for unpaid taxes amounting to around £886,000 from a series of image rights deals in 2012 and 2013.

He has accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in exchange for avoiding a wearisome trial and will most likely have to hand over a large wad of money as well.

And Felicevich, speaking soon after the verdict was reached by the court, insisted that Sanchez had only accepted the “unfair pact” in order to avoid a time-consuming trial.

“In these circumstances, and despite having shown that Alexis has not committed any crime, we have been forced, on the recommendation of our advisers, to accept the unfair pact offered and thus alleviate the emotional, personal and economic wear and tear that endures long and tedious oral trials, where the media are used to publicly expose and judge facts of private nature,” he said.

Sanchez is by no means the first footballer who, during his time in Spain, fell into a spot of bother over taxes. Luka Modric, for example, had to pay 1m euro to settle an image rights tax case of his own last year, while Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also faced similar tax charges, prompting the latter to express a desire to leave Spain over the summer.

Even Jose Mourinho had to visit court in Spain this season over financial matters but later insisted that he wasn’t there for any particular wrongdoing.

The tax system in Spain appears to be quite porous to say the least, especially for those in the highest band, and you can only wonder whether the players themselves even know that they’re doing anything wrong.

Agent Zero

One of the most difficult – and overlooked – positions in all of sports is the goalkeeper. In many ways, they are the most important player in the defense. In a team like FC Barcelona, they are important tactically as well. As they can see the whole pitch, the keeper is often called upon to play the ball just like a midfield player. Being a keeper is an important job. Which is why I’m proud to say ours is Marc-André ter Stegen.

But first let’s begin at the back. Ernesto Valverde’s defense has been nothing short of impressive so far this season. Having kept a clean sheet in their first four games, he’s clearly decided on his first choice defense. Jordi Alba at left back, Gerard Piqué and Samuel Umtiti as centerbacks, and Nelson Semedo at right back. This is a lineup he’d been using since the preseason, and it’s worked better than any other.

As you can see, this lineup won the Gamper trophy against Chapecoense. Ter Stegen hadn’t yet rejoined training after playing with Germany during the summer, but the defense was already set up.

Jordi Alba appears rejuvenated this year, saying that he’s been “playing with more happiness and spark” lately. Much has been made about Semedo’s offensive prowess, but not to be overlooked is that he’s really good defensively. As he showed against Juventus, he was more than capable of dealing with players like Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic one on one and was good at reading plays and breaking up passing lanes. He and Alba make for two very quick, speedy full backs that can chase down offensive players and bother them.

As I predicted last season, Samuel Umtiti has taken over Javier Mascherano’s starting spot. He has become one of the best young center backs in the world, strong and quick-thinking. He’s also cold-blooded and plays very well in possession, perfect for a Barcelona player.

Piqué seems to have improved his form after a shaky preseason. There was a time when there was an argument for him being the best center back in the world. Let’s be honest – those days are long gone. However, he remains an invaluable leader and a solid defender, great in the air. Any goals he can give you, like the one against Espanyol, are just icing on the cake.

Disclaimer, though: no defense can completely keep out the great players. While I did say they did a great collective job against Juventus, they didn’t completely limit the Italians. They had them out of rhythm, which is what great defenses do. But players like Dybala and Pjanic, as I mentioned before, will always get up some dangerous shots. Which leads to the last line of defense.

Ter Stegen’s performance has so far been exemplary. He had several key saves, one on a low, hard strike by Dybala, another a leaping finger tip deflection on a shot by Rodrigo Bentancur. Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain tried to get past him, also to no avail. Against Espanyol, he made sure to keep the visitors scoreless. Even when Pablo Piatti had a clear chip for a goal, ter Stegen bothered him just enough. He ended up chipping well wide.

He’s allowed no goals in his first four games. When it comes to goals allowed, zero is a very good statistic.

He’s also been asked by Valverde, like he was asked by Luis Enrique, to be another passing option in the defense. The difference this year is that he’s improved and grown. The passes he makes seem more mature, and technically better as well. Whereas last year he might turn the ball over against pressure, he is able to clear lines and pass straight to the midfield. Another favorite pass of his is towards the sides, i.e. Semedo or Alba, which opens up the field and keeps them wide.

Just look at this goal and how simple it is once ter Stegen makes the pass to André Gomes:

While we sing the German’s praises, it’s also important to remember and give some love to Jasper Cillissen. He’s more than a capable backup, also used to playing on the ball, and he’s got some saves in him too. He showed off his skills during the preseason when ter Stegen was still on vacation. The Dutchman impresses whenever he plays, even against top sides, so you know he’s reliably good.

We’re in very good hands with them in goal.

Valverde seems to have righted the ship following the Super Copa defeat to Real Madrid, as opponents have scored zero goals against us since. Among one of the many areas he’s put his stamp on has been the defense. If we can continue playing it at such a high level, this team might accomplish more than anyone thought they would. We’ll see if ter Stegen, with the help of our other talented players, can remain an Agent Zero.

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FBI report debunks Trump's suggestion that Mexicans attacked and killed a border patrol agent

There were few details available in the immediate hours after the death of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent Rogelio Martinez in West Texas last November. Federal officials did not say what kind of injuries Martinez had suffered, other than to say that Martinez was not shot and that he died at a hospital. Officials wouldn’t even name Martinez’s CBP partner, who was also reportedly injured but survived.

It was clearly an incident that required further investigation, but since when has Donald Trump ever waited for the facts? Martinez had been dead for just hours, but Trump went ahead and exploited the man’s death, suggesting Mexicans were to blame by tweeting that “we will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!” Except, the FBI said this week “it had found no evidence suggesting he had been attacked”:

In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it could not find anyone who had witnessed the episode in which the agent, Rogelio Martinez, was killed besides his partner, Stephen Garland, who survived but has no recollection of what happened.

“This investigation has not conclusively determined how Mr. Martinez and his partner ended up at the bottom of the culvert and no suspects have been linked to this incident,” the F.B.I. said.

The F.B.I.’s report, which said agents had interviewed more than 650 people, came one day after the release of Mr. Martinez’s autopsy report. The El Paso medical examiner’s office found that Mr. Martinez, 36, had died of blunt injuries to the head, but could not determine the manner of death.

Initially, the FBI had has identified two “persons of interest,” but forensics couldn’t link them to the scene. Martinez’s autopsy also found a barbiturate in his system, which “can cause drowsiness and can be used along with other medications, such as acetaminophen, to treat headaches and pain.” Martinez’s girlfriend said he had been complaining about headaches but that “Roger never took anything; we had nothing at home.” The New York Times: “She thought it was possible that he could have accepted the medication from a friend or colleague without realizing how much of an effect it might have on him.”

Trump wasn’t alone in exploiting the man’s death. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz both called the incident an “attack,” with the latter saying that “this is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them.” Both men, however, were silent when CBP detained 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez last year. And all three will be silent when it comes to apologizing for politicizing his death and correcting their suggestions that Mexicans were responsible for it.