De Boer plays down Tottenham links | INFORMATION NIGERIA

De Boer plays down Tottenham links

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 24, 2014

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Ajax boss Frank de Boer has told BBC Sport that Tottenham Hotspur have not been in contact in recent weeks.

De Boer had claimed in April that Spurs had made an approach to Ajax, but the Premier League club firmly denied that was the case although the Dutchman still maintained there had been informal talks.

However, although Tim Sherwood has now vacated his post at White Hart Lane, Spurs have not made any further contact with De Boer.

Asked if he expected the Premier League club to make contact at this stage, the 44-year-old said: I dont know. And I am happy with Ajax.

He added: If a club comes to speak to me, I will listen to them, but I am going on holiday now and that is the most important thing for me.

De Boer, who has won four Eredivisie titles in four years with Ajax, is under contract until 2017. {ESPN}

Olajuwon becomes NBA Ambassador for Africa | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Olajuwon becomes NBA Ambassador for Africa

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 24, 2014

Two-time NBA Champion and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon has named NBA Ambassador to Africa and will play a prominent role in the development of basketball on the continent.

Olajuwon will work closely with the NBA Africa office, which is located in Johannesburg, South Africa led by Senegal-born Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President for Development in Africa. The Nigerian native will represent the NBA through a range of basketball development events and NBA Cares activities across the continent to help grow the game, give back to communities in need, and bring attention to diplomacy through sport.

Basketball has given me so much in life, said Olajuwon. In this new role I am looking forward to impacting young Africans and utilizing the power of sport to help change lives in what is an exciting new chapter in my career.

Hakeem Olajuwon to Work Closely With the NBA Africa Office Located In Johannesburg.

We are elated that one of the greatest to ever play the game, a son of Africa, and a legend of Hakeems stature will officially represent the NBA in Africa, said Amadou Gallo Fall. He truly embodies the values of the game, and will be a great ambassador for the league and a perfect role model for Africas youth.

Olajuwon recently participated in the launch of Power Forward, the ExxonMobil, NBA and Africares development program launched in Abuja, Nigeria last November. Prior to that he visited South Africa last August and attended the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day celebrations at the International Convention Centre and the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon was selected with the number one pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, becoming the first African player selected first overall. His playing highlights include: 12-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA Champion (1994, 95), NBA Most Valuable Player (94), and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (93, 94). He is the only player in league history to be named MVP, Finals MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season (1993-94).

The NBA has a long history in Africa with more than 30 players from the continent playing in the league since 1984. Basketball without Borders Africa has been held 11 times on the continent and the league opened its African office in Johannesburg in 2010.

Since 2003, the NBA has worked with community-based organizations to create 38 places to live, learn or play in Africa, including youth hostels, kitchens, sports complexes, health facilities, Habitat for Humanity homes, and basketball courts in Angola, Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Cameroon, South Sudan, and South Africa.

Source: Afribasket

Roman Abramovich considers replacingMourinho with Simeone | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Roman Abramovich considers replacingMourinho with Simeone

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 24, 2014

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich isquestioning whether he made the right choice hiring Jose Mourinho last summer after a poor season at Stamford Bridge.

According to Le 10 Sport, the Russian oligarch is considering the possibility of sacking Mourinho less than a year after the Special One started his second stint in charge of Chelsea.

The Blues have had a poor season by Abramovichs high standards, winning nothing and finishing third behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

Mourinho has claimed Chelseas failing have been down to a lack of strikers, refusing to take the blame for himself.

Meanwhile, Diego Simeone has inspired Atletico Madrid to a famous La Liga title victory and could also win the Champions League on a tiny budget compared to Chelseas.

Needless to say, Abramovich sees Simeone as a potential future manager of Chelsea and could even offer him the job this summer if he does decide tosack Mourinho.

Not only are Chelsea failing to impress on the pitch but Mourinho has also made plenty of enemies off of It.

Chelsea sold Juan Mata to a Premier League rival because Mourinho didnt. ike his style and a similar situation looks to be developing with Eden Hazard.

PSG are reportedly keeping a close eye on the situation as they would be keen to offer Mourinho the Job at Parc des Princes should he find himselfunemployed.{GMS}

United Move Not an Option, Says Robben | INFORMATION NIGERIA

United Move Not an Option, Says Robben

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 24, 2014

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben have downplayed reports linking him with a move to Manchester United this summer.

The Dutch international has told De Telegraaf that signing for United, who have just inked a deal with coach Louis van Gaal, is not an option.

Reports have suggested that the new Red Devils boss could land his compatriot in a bid to strengthen the Premier League club for next season.

Arjen Robben Will Remain at the Allianz Arena.

However, Robben, 30, has stressed he is happy at the Allianz Arena, having signed a new contract with the Bundesliga champions in March.

Thats not an option, De Telegraaf quoted Robben as saying about a possible transfer to United. Im staying with Bayern Munich. Period.

I cannot imagine why Bayern would want to lose me. I just renewed my contract and we are happy with each other.

Its very different when youre not completely happy. I had a fantastic time with Van Gaal at FC Bayern and know what I have with him.

Van Gaal and Guardiola are the best trainers I have worked with. I feel good so will stay where I am. The chance is zero that I make the switch.

Ajax Coach De Boer Denies Tottenham Link | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Ajax Coach De Boer Denies Tottenham Link

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 24, 2014

Ajax Amsterdam boss Franck de Boer says Tottenham Hotspur have not contacted him about their vacant managerial post.

The Premier League club have been searching for a new coach since they part company with Tim Sherwood on 13 May. De Boer and Southampton boss Mauricio Porchetino have been heavily linked with the position.

The Dutch champions revealed in April Spurs had enquired about de Boers availability.

Franck de Boer Downplays Tottenham Link.

However, de Boer, 44, says nobody from Tottenham has either spoken to him personally or contacted his club in the last few weeks, adding that he will listen to approaches from other clubs despite being under contract at the Amsterdam ArenA until 2017.

If a club comes to speak to me I will listen to them, but I am going on holiday now and that is the most important thing for me.

Former Netherlands international de Boer, who has won the Dutch title in each of his four years as Ajax manager.When asked if he expected them to, De Boer told BBC Sport: I dont know. And I am happy with Ajax.

Evra Signs One-Year United Contract Extension | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Evra Signs One-Year United Contract Extension

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 24, 2014

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has signed a one-year contract extension to remain at Old Trafford.

The Senegalese-born French international’s previous deal had been due to expire in June.

The 33-year-old made 45 appearances for United in all competitions this year in a disappointing season, which had the Old Trafford outfit finish seventh.

Evra, who join United from Monaco for £5.5m in 2006, has won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League.

Patrice Evra to Remain At Old Trafford Till Next Summer, After Signing a One-Year Contract Extension.

His decision to remain at the 20-time league title winners is understood not to have any impact on the club’s pursuit of Southampton defender Luke Shaw.

United have already lost three of their senior players ahead of the opening summer transfer window, with Nemanja Vidic on his way to Inter Milan, Ryan Giggs having put an end to his 23 years of glittering playing career and defender Rio Ferdinand announcing he will leave the club.

Giggs will serve as assistant coach to the new United boss Louis van Gaal in the coming seasons.

Chelsea and PSG Agree Fee for David Luiz | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Chelsea and PSG Agree Fee for David Luiz

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 24, 2014

Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for the transfer of David Luiz.

Both clubs were reported to be in advance talks on Friday over the services of the Brazil international.

A Chelsea statement later stated: Chelsea Football Club and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed terms for the transfer of David Luiz to the French club. The move is now subject to David Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical examination.

The deal, which according to the BBC will cost the French champions £40m, would make Luiz the world’s most expensive defender.

David Luiz Set to Join Coach Laurent Blancs PSG.

A statement on PSG website read: To respond to the desire of the player to prepare and play the World Cup in his own country in the best conditions possible, the will of the two clubs and of David Luiz was to come to an agreement as quickly as possible between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, on the one hand, and between the Parisian club and the player on the other in order to make the transfer official as soon as the transfer window opens.

The former Benfica defender is expected to sign a four-year contract, with a further year on option, when the deal is made official when the summer transfer window opens on June 10.

PSG have been sanctioned by European football’s governing body, Uefa, for breaching financial fair play (FFP) rules, in spite of that; coach Laurent Blanc has said he would strengthen his squad in the summer.

Luiz have been a subject of transfer speculations since last summer, with reports linking him with a move to Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The player, who was used as a defensive midfielder by Jose Mourinho last season due to his inability to break the defensive partnership of John Terry and Garry Cahill, had welcomed the speculations.

The 27-year-old joined the Blues from Benfica for £21.3m and scored 12 goals in his first two-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge. He made 34 appearances for the Blues in the 2013/14 season

The 30 million pounds (then 44.8 million euros) Manchester United paid Leeds for Rio Ferdinand in 2002 is the highest transfer fee ever paid for a defender in terms of euros. PSG’s Thiago Silvas deal is the highest in pounds because of a change in exchange rates.

Chelsea will now look to employ 21-year-old Tomas Kalas and 19-year-old Nathaniel Chalobah in a more defensive role, while £12m January signing from St. Etienne is also an option.