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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.

Jose Mourinho confirms injuries to two important Man United players

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera both missed Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United with muscle injuries.

Reports claimed during the week that Rashford had picked up an injury during last weekend’s win over Huddersfield Town and would be closely monitored by medical staff.

The source of Herrera’s injury is less clear but the Spaniard, following a 20 minute cameo against Tottenham Hotspur a few days earlier, wasn’t included in the squad against Huddersfield.

And Mourinho has confirmed that the pair were absent at St James’ Park as they continue to recover full fitness, noting he didn’t know when they would return.

Herrera’s performances have mainly frustrated supporters this season but his tenacious, warrior-like influence in the middle would have come in handy against Jonjo Shelvey, who was fantastic for the hosts, as Paul Pogba sauntered around the pitch with an injury clearly holding back and Nemanja Matic was left stranded.

United have proven time and time again this season that their best performances come with a midfield trio and Herrera, with Marouane Fellaini injured until late March, needs to prove to his boss that he can consistently deliver alongside Matic and Pogba, giving the latter a chance to play down the left channel and impact games going forward.

Facebook confirms test of a downvote button for flagging comments

 How can Facebook promote meaningful interaction between users? Apparently by letting them downvote inappropriate, offensive, or misleading comments to hide them. Facebook is now testing a downvote button on a limited set of public Page post comment reels, the company confirms to TechCrunch. A Facebook spokesperson tells us “We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature… Read More

Top U.S. official confirms that Russia 'successfully' hacked 'small number' of voter systems

A top official at the Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Wednesday that Russia did indeed “successfully” hack voting rolls in a small number of states. NBC writes:

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.”

While breaches of voter rolls in at least two states—Arizona and Illinois—had been previously reported, this appears to be the first positive confirmation of Russian success by a top Homeland Security official.

Last September, DHS botched the public release of information about Russian hacking efforts in 21 states, originally contacting individual states on a Friday to give them limited information about hacker attempts to breach their systems. The Associated Press finally rolled the reports into one cohesive story. Several days later, Homeland Security officials told Wisconsin officials the information they previously relayed to the state hadn’t been totally accurate. That show of competency been about par for the course for DHS.

Wednesday’s Homeland Security revelation came just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia was already eyeing the upcoming midterms and the U.S. was nowhere near prepared to deal with it.

“I don’t know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt as well,” Tillerson told Fox. […]

“There’s a lot of ways that the Russians can meddle in the elections, a lot of different tools they can use,” Tillerson said.

Tillerson told Fox that he suspects Russia’s exercise of its influence has already begun, and indicated that the US doesn’t really have a solid plan to block it.