Lagos: Ambode Declares Intention to Run for Second Term

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has declared his intention to run for a second term in office.

Ambode revealed this on his Instagram, sharing a photo of himself picking up his nomination form at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national headquarters.

Ambode also shared the news on his Twitter handle, @AkinwunmiAmbode, after he picked up the form at the APC National Headquarters in Abuja.

‘I was at the National Headquarters of our party, the All Progressives Congress, to collect the Nomination Forms to re-contest for the office of Governor of Lagos State. Once again, I count on your support.’

By kenny9ja

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PSG preparing €100M bid for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen (Sport)

PSG are interested in adding Christian Eriksen as a playmaker. The Danish midfielder is wanted by Thomas Tuchel. He has not yet renewed his contract with Tottenham, with various European sides interested in his services.

The Parisian side are preparing a 100 million euro bid for the star. The French side are expecting Draxler and Di Maria to go to be able to afford the deal in terms of FFP.

They have already seen Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier, Blaise Matuidi and Claudio Gomes go after splugring 222m euros on Neymar and 160m on Mbappe.

Eriksen had a good World Cup and is a key player for Denmark and Tottenham.

Ronaldo sprinkles star dust on Juventus in intimate opener

Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday gave a display of pure star power in his debut for Italian champions Juventus, showing his class on and off the pitch at the club’s traditional alpine curtain raiser.

Nearly 5,000 fans crammed into the compact Scirea” stadium in Villar Perosa at the foot of the Italian Alps, as supporters descended on the small town in order to catch a glimpse of the superstar attacker in his first appearance since signing for 100 million euros ($117 million) a month ago.

They were rewarded with a goal in the friendly between Juve’s first XI and a youth “B” team from their new hero, who also took the time out to sign autographs and pose for selfies while many of his teammates sloped off to the dressing room.

Chants of “Ronaldo, bring us the Champions (League)” filled the air as supporters worked their way through a locked-down mountain town in which 600 police officers were called to a place with a population of just over 4,000 and road blocks stopped anyone entering without a match ticket or proof of residence.

The town’s bars and restaurants were heaving with fans and media hours before the match’s 1700 (1500 GMT kick off), with fans in replica kits wrapped in scarves and flags arriving to see the five-times Ballon d’Or winner take part in one of Italian football’s most curious traditions.

Fiefdom

Villar Perosa is the fiefdom of the powerful Agnelli family, the founders of Fiat and the clout behind Juve, who bought their family estate there — nicknamed “The Castle” — in the mid-19th century and established the annual pre-season friendly in the town.

Such was the dominance of the Agnellis over the town that deceased former club chairman Gianni Agnelli was mayor between 1945 and 1980.

Cesare Bertoncello, from Turin, who was pointed out to AFP by security as being the first person to arrive in the queue to get into the ground at 0900 (0700 GMT) recalled the dominating presence of the Agnellis in years passed.

“I’ve been coming here since I was 12 years old back in the 1960s, when (Gianni) Agnelli would arrive here in a helicopter,” he said.

Massimo Savelli from near Siena, some 450 kilometres to the south east, got up at 0600 to be in Villar Perosa for the first time in decades of supporting his team.

He was at both the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, when Ronaldo scored a brace as Real Madrid hammered Juve 4-1, and in Madrid last season when the Portuguese slotted the last-gasp penalty that knocked Juve out in the quarter finals.

It was Ronaldo’s prowess in Europe that caused Juventus to splash a club record fee, as they look to put two lost finals in the last four years behind them and try for European glory for the first time since 1996.

“With the arrival of Ronaldo our expectations are higher for the Champions League. He’s won the last three,” said Savelli.

Leading man

Ronaldo proved good value for the hype, scoring in the 10th minute with a neat finish after breaking a loose offside trap and closing in on goal completely unmarked.

The chants of “Cristiano, Cristiano” had barely died down when the five-times Ballon d’Or winner provoked Juve’s second by forcing the unfortunate youth team defender Riccardo Cappellini to poke past his own goalkeeper three minutes later.

The 33-year-old proved too much for Juve’s youth players, laying on winger Douglas Costa for a shot that crashed off the post and creating the first of Paulo Dybala’s brace thanks to a shot that was well saved by young stopper Leonardo Loria.

Come the half-time whistle, Ronaldo shot off the pitch — followed by one ambitious fan who had to be held off by security after dashing towards and trying to hug his new hero — and towards delirous fans waiting near the dressing rooms, for whom he patiently signed autographs and posed for selfies.

However he didn’t come out for the second-half of the match, which was eventually won 5-0 by the first XI and came to an end with around 20 minutes left when supporters piled onto the pitch and got a piece of their heroes.

Fans tried to get whatever autographs and photos they could — even stripping returning centre-back Leonardo Bonucci down to his underwear — before Ronaldo emerged from the changing room surrounded by security guards and fans surged towards the barrier separating them from the players.

Ronaldo once again stopped and signed more autographs than any of his teammates, while security desperately tried to stop young fans from being crushed in the surge before their leading man left for the team bus, accompanied by wild applause.

Man Utd’s short-lived pursuit of Godin ends as defender rejects their offer

The Red Devils made an enquiry about the centre-half but were told the 32-year-old will be signing a new contract at the Wanda Metropolitano

Manchester United have had an approach for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin rejected, with the Uruguayan set to sign a new contract with the Spanish club.

United have been linked with an array of central defensive targets during the summer transfer window, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld their number-one objective.

Ahead of Thursday evening’s transfer deadline the Red Devils have made various advances for Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng as back-up options should they not push the Alderweireld deal over the line.

And Goal can confirm that they enquired about the availability of 32-year-old Godin in the days leading up to the deadline only to be told that the defender is set to agree a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano and will not be leaving.

Although Godin has a €20 million (£18m/$23.2m) release clause in his current Atletico contract he is happy to stay with Diego Simeone’s side beyond the expiry of the existing deal.

He has spent the last 11 years of his career in Spain, switching from Villarreal to Atletico in 2010, and has won seven major trophies with the Colchoneros including the 2014 La Liga title. He has also racked up 122 caps for Uruguay and is Oscar Tabarez’s current captain.

The failure to lure Godin increases the possibility of United seeing out the transfer window with no further additions to their squad despite Jose Mourinho’s revelation earlier this summer that he is two players short of reaching the five-man target he set his club’s board in the spring.

And the Portuguese admitted on Thursday morning that he is expecting no further business over the remaining hours of the market.

“I am not confident, and the market closes today,” he said of seeing any more players arrive. “So it’s time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed. I will have to focus on the players I have.”

United have signed three players this summer, with Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant being added to the squad. However, Grant’s arrival on July 3 remains the club’s last piece of business to date.

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Mourinho “not confident” of deadline day signing

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is “not confident” of signing another player before Thursday’s transfer deadline at 17:00

JOSE MOURINHO has admitted Manchester United are unlikely to make ANY new signings before the transfer window closes.

Mourinho has been desperate to bring in a top class defender to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.

But the United boss has been left frustrated that the club has not been able to close the deal – meaning he will have to stick with the majority of the squad he had last season.

Asked if there would be any signings, Mourinho said: “The information I have is no.

“I’m not confident, I’m not confident and the market closes today so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

“So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches, maybe three matches because after Spurs there is national team and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better.

“It is time to focus on players available so I’m not thinking about that list I give you, I focus on what we have.”

United’s failure to make any late deals mean Mourinho has only been able to add two players to the squad he steered to a second place finish in the Premier League last season.