Yaya Toure Rejects £430,000-a-week Offer from China

first_imgHe decided against moving then and gave the same response when he was contacted again to say the offer remained open during the current transfer window, which closes on January 31.The Ivorian’s contract at the Etihad expires in the summer.Toure’s future appeared in doubt when he was left out of the City squad by Pep Guardiola at the start of the season.However, he has been a regular for the club since he was recalled in November and started his seventh consecutive game in the 4-0 defeat at Everton in the Premier League on 15 January.Toure has been free to sign pre-contract agreements with clubs overseas since January 1 but it is understood he still enjoys the English game.Guardiola has not given Toure any guarantees about his future beyond the summer.The Ivorian, who joined City in 2010, has become more important since Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Watford on December 14 that is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.Midfielders Oscar and John Mikel Obi left Chelsea to move to China earlier this month, while former Manchester United and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez reportedly became the world’s highest-paid player when he joined Shanghai Shenhua.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has turned down a £430,000-a-week offer from China.Toure, 33, was the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League last summer.last_img read more

Genius Sports announces partnership with The FAW

first_img Submit Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 Share Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Specialists in sports data technology, commercialisation and distribution services, Genius Sports  has formed a partnership with The Football Association of Wales (FAW) to maximise the commercial value of the governing body’s official data. Under the terms of the agreement, Genius Sports’ network of statisticians will collect real-time data from pitchside at a wide range of competitions including the JD Welsh Premier League, Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League and the JD Welsh Cup.The FAW has granted Genius Sports the non-exclusive, worldwide commercialisation rights for this data within the media and regulated betting sectors. By harnessing Genius Sports’ marketing collection and commercialisation technologies, this new partnership enables the FAW to guarantee the accuracy and reliability of its data, maximise its commercial returns and help grow Welsh football’s audience globally. Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the FAW, said: “It is important that we as an association maximise the full value of the data from our major domestic competitions. To that end we are pleased to have formed this partnership with Genius Sports, which we believe will enable us to achieve this, as well as expand our audience.”Steven Burton, managing director of Genius Sports, said: “When combined with the right technology, official data can drive long-term, quantifiable benefits for rights holders. Our technology is relied upon by the largest leagues and federations in world sport and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Football Association of Wales to help them to unlock the full value of their data.”last_img read more

Booze destroyed heroes but teetotal Greavsie must be celebrated as he turns 80

first_imgTHERE is no doubt Jimmy Greaves should be honoured after reaching his 80th birthday on Thursday.But regardless his name is already safe in the memory of anyone who saw him play in the 14 years of his football career or on film over the next 40.3 Jimmy Greaves was up there with George Best in the pantheon of top-class strikers3 Chelsea, spurs and West Ham legend Jimmy Greaves retired aged 31 – after an amazing goalscoring recordCredit: AFP – Getty3 Superstars of the past and present – Jimmy Greaves with current (but injured) Spurs striker and England skipper Harry KaneCredit: Getty – ContributorHe was fabulous. With 357 goals in the top flight and 44 more for England, the only sweeter goalscorer in the First Division was arguably George Best but in nothing like the quantity.I’m not old enough to have seen Greaves play for Chelsea, Spurs or even West Ham.But friends and relations who did take a deep breath and try to find words to describe his deadly instincts in front of goal.So I watched Tuesday night’s BT Sport film as it fleetingly captured the ravishing ballet of Greaves on the move through thickets of defenders with the seemingly inevitable result.It came as a shock to everyone he decided to retire at the incredibly young age of 31.And it is tragically coincidental. Best was 29 when he walked out of English football, both on a lethal path towards alcoholism.He moved like a skimming gull across pitches that today’s footballers would consider an insult to their ball controlThe drinking culture in football claimed other victims of which the most horrible was the unravelling of Paul Gascoigne whom England dispensed with, yes, at 31.With all the might at his command, Greaves threw off the curse of booze and is proud that for more than 40 years he hasn’t touched a drop.It killed Best and destroyed Gazza’s already shaky equilibrium.His successful resistance owes a lot to his wife, Irene, who went through nightmare times but succumbed for only three months of their 60-year love affair when she divorced him but returned, eventually to remarry five years ago.It’s clear, too, just how much his children love him.Greaves, on a black and white screen, moved like a skimming gull across pitches that today’s footballers would consider an insult to their ball control.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesNot that anyone could stop Greaves in full cry.As an 18-year-old, the slight youth scored five in Chelsea’s 6-1 drubbing of Division One champions Wolves in August 1958.He continued scoring in threes, fours and even a five or two, an East London lad destined to break the world record of goals scored and probably jokes made, too.The odd thing is Greaves spent his football life being rewarded by goals all over the place but outside gluey goalmouths not by much else.His Spurs record of 220 could be overtaken by Harry Kane, 26, already owner of an MBE.Indeed, he missed out by a year on Spurs’ Double in 1961, couldn’t get back into England’s World Cup winning team and has been ignored by the types who decide on where the Queen’s gongs go.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBut as I say, football people would never judge the quality of a player by whether he scores a medal at Buckingham Palace.Nor for that matter how funny he was (and he was very funny) on Saint and Greavsie.Stunned by a serious stroke, he is too ill to respond publicly to well-wishers. But I suspect he would say to each one of them ‘Thanks, mate. Glad to be of service.’The Chase viewers seeing double with Jimmy Greaves lookalike contestantlast_img read more

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