Pogba ‘in the process’ of leaving Man Utd, says agent

first_imgMino Raiola has revealed that he is “in the process” of ensuring Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for pastures new this summer.Pogba has been the subject of transfer rumours since the summer window opened, and is reportedly a target for former club Juventus as well as Real Madrid.The 26-year-old was the Red Devils’ top-scorer across all competitions last season, netting 16 goals from midfield in a disappointing season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The France international has his sights set on a move away from Old Trafford this summer however, and news comes just two days before the club’s pre-season trip to Australia.Speaking to The Times, Raiola said: “Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes.“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.”Despite the Red Devil’s pre-season trip to Australia fast approaching, Raiola would not be drawn on whether the midfielder would be joining his team-mates.“I cannot tell you anything. I live day by day,” he added.Pogba has proved to be a divisive figure since returning to the Premier League in August 2016, when he became a world-record signing from Juventus at £89 million ($111m).He enjoyed the highest-scoring season of his career at Old Trafford in 2018/19, netting 10 more goals than in the previous season and seven more than in his debut season with the club.At Juventus, Pogba reached double figures in terms of goals in his final two seasons in Turin with 10 across all competitions in both campaigns.Since returning to the club with whom he spent his youth career however, the 26-year-old has not struggled to grab headlines no matter the quality of his performances.Rumours of a move away were given new life earlier today as Pogba was absent from Manchester United training, after he was given time off by manager Solskjaer.His contract with the club is set to expire in 2021, and the player himself admitted in June that it “could be a good time to have a new challenge.”last_img read more

Team India still not ready for life without MS Dhoni

first_imgTeam India still not ready for life without MS DhoniIndia lost the last three matches of the ODI series against Australia with MS Dhoni not featuring in the final two games in Mohali and Delhi.advertisement Rohan Sen New DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 14:26 IST MS Dhoni has been in terrific form with the bat this year in ODI and T20I cricket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni is averaging over 81 in 2019 with 327 runs from 9 ODIsThe 37-year-old is still the best wicketkeeper in India in limited-overs cricketApart from marshalin the troops, Dhoni also helps out captain Kohli with the DRS decisionsCricket experts and pundits can criticise Mahendra Singh Dhoni as much as they want but one thing became very clear in the recent one-day international series between India and Australia – the former India skipper is probably the one of the most important pieces in the puzzle for the team ahead of the upcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales.Team India struggled big time without Dhoni in their ranks in the final two matches which they lost by 4 wickets and 35 runs respectively.Dhoni is in the final stage of his career and is no longer the big-hitting finisher that he was in his prime. That’s why he if often criticised for his strike rate in the limited-overs formats but what people don’t realise is that he is the one who holds the middle order together if the top-three batsmen fail.Holding up one end, Dhoni likes to take the game till the very end and more often than not, he succeeds in finishing it if he gets some support from the other end. This year in particular has been phenomenal for the 37-year-old, who was struggling for form in 2018.Dhoni is averaging over 81 in 2019 with 327 runs from 9 ODIs including four half-centuries and a strike rate of over 78. Considering his batting position in the middle order, Dhoni’s average and strike rate should be the last thing the fans and experts should worry about.When the ‘Lion’ walks out to bat in his den #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/WKRKGpKgaBBCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019But more than his batting, the team needs his services on the field when they are defending targets or looking to restrict the opposition to a gettable total.advertisementVirat Kohli comes across as a captain who reacts after something has happened on the field. Dhoni on the other hand, predicts what is going to happen or what can happen even before the ball is bowled.Which is why Kohli repeatedly seeks Dhoni’s advice on the field. The wicketkeeper becomes India’s unofficial skipper with Kohli taking a back seat, and rightly so.Kohli himself admitted after the second ODI against Australia that he speaks to Dhoni and Rohit whenever he feels the need for advice. And nobody can blame him as Dhoni is India’s most successful leader and both him and Rohit have won the Indian Premier League three times as captains of their respective sides while Kohli is yet to win one. 2019 may just be Royal Challengers Bangalore’s lucky year.MARSHALING THE SPINNERS Indian spinners repeatedly seek MS Dhoni’s advice while bowling (AP Photo)The way Dhoni takes charge and marshals the Indian players is there for all to see. The spinners have complete faith in the World Cup-winning skipper and have said themselves that they will bowl wherever Dhoni wants them to.”In the past also I have mentioned, every time I have a question, I look at him and he tells me ‘you have to bowl here.. you have to bowl there.’ And I close my eyes and bowl there and get a wicket,” Kedar Jadhav said it himself after the 2nd ODI against New Zealand in January.Even the fast bowlers look up to him for advice whenever they need it or get smashed for runs. Dhoni is often seen running all the way across from the wicketkeeper’s spot to the bowler’s mark to get his message across.DRS a.k.a DHONI REVIEW SYSTEM Nobody in the current Indian team is as accurate with the DRS as MS Dhoni (BCCI Photo)Even at his age Dhoni easily has the quickest set of hands behind the stumps in the world. But more than his lightning quick stumpings, Kohli needs his advice with the DRS which the pundits often call the Dhoni Review System.Kohli has a forgettable record with the DRS but Dhoni is immaculate with it. He doesn’t appeal for a stumping if he feels the batsman made his ground and doesn’t suggest Kohli to take the DRS when he’s not sure.Every played in the team looks at Dhoni whenever their is a close call and he calmly responds with a yes or a no for the DRS. Dhoni wasn’t a huge fan of the technology when he was skipper but has still mastered the use of DRS.India have quite a few match-winners in their squad who will be travelling to England for the World Cup. Players who can win games singlehandedly on their days. But it is when they fail that Dhoni’s importance comes to light, like it happened in the final two ODIs against Australia and has happened in the past as well.advertisementThis is likely to be Dhoni’s final World Cup and he may or may not call time on his career right after the tournament. But one thing is for sure, finding a replacement for Dhoni is still a distant dream which Team India needs to fulfil quickly otherwise they will struggle big time after he leaves the sport.Also Read | Watch: Hardik Pandya’s helicopter shot that would make MS Dhoni proudAlso Read | Virat Kohli defends experimentation after India lose 1st ODI series since 2015 at homeAlso Read | MS Dhoni critics have no idea what they are talking about: Shane WarneAlso Read | Unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni: Dhawan after Mohali defeat to AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Designed to Withstand the Test of Time: Vero Watches

first_img Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? Established in 2015 by Chris Boudreaux and Danny Recordon, Vero Watches is a new brand dedicated to crafting stylishly modern watches built to stand the tests of time.Both Boudreaux and Recordon were inspired to get into the business of watch-making out of a deep love and appreciation for the timepieces that had been passed down in their own families.“I have my grandfather’s Rolex,” Boudreaux began. “He gave it to my dad who then passed it down to me. It’s one of those heirlooms you don’t just put in a case, but you use it, you wear it. And then when you pass it down, you’re building a connection between generations.”But Vero isn’t just about looking toward the future—the company is also dedicated to making pieces that are perfect for now.“We have this romanticized idea about a guy’s relationship to his watch,” Boudreaux admitted. “It’s your accessory, that mechanical, real, lasting piece that you get to have and enjoy every day. We wanted to start with a classic design that was also functional and felt good to wear.” The brand achieves this with its flagship model, the Verus, which comes in three iterations the VS-DB, VS-SB and VS-SS. The design is understated and approachable, avoiding complicated mechanizations with a face that displays the time with numerical markers against either a black or white background.“We wanted a clean look,” Boudreaux explained. “Our watches have style—and they’re not boring—but they’ve got a simple, uncluttered dial with numbers that are clear to read without having to grab your glasses.”In addition to the no-fuss, streamlined aesthetic, the bands on the watch are also interchangeable, which means the look can change to fit whatever environment the wearer’s in. A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Editors’ Recommendations center_img The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts last_img read more

Australia Vietnam concerned about China actions in sea row

HANOI, Vietnam — Australia and Vietnam have expressed serious concern over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, where Hanoi says China’s gas survey ship has infringed on its territory and has disrupted Vietnam’s exploration activities.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met in Hanoi with his counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and both leaders called for respect of international law and freedom of navigation.Earlier the United States said it was deeply concerned that China is continuing to interfere with Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. China claims the South China Sea virtually in its entirety.Beijing has deployed a survey vessel with armed escorts into waters off Vietnam, ignoring Hanoi’s calls to leave the area.The Associated Press read more