Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions Leaguecenter_img Pogba claimed an assist in United’s win vs Palace (Picture: Getty)Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for a return to Juventus this summer if the Red Devils fail to finish in the top four, according to reports.The Frenchman has been linked with a return to Turin for a number of months now, especially during Jose Mourinho’s reign in the United dugout.The two of them endured a strained relationship last year, with many suggesting Pogba’s days at the club were numbered.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, since the Portuguese left United the speculation surrounding Pogba has seemingly quietened down with him now loving his football again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENTBut, it’s not all back to normal for the Red Devils, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting the 25-year-old could still return to Turin this summer if his current club do not secure Champions League football for next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are just a point behind Arsenal in fourth spot in the Premier League, but they face difficult fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City as well as the Gunners themselves before the season is over.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIt’s unknown how much would be needed to prize Pogba away from United, but Tuttosport claim he will not be willing to participate in Europa League football for another season.The 2018 World Cup-winner has enjoyed a return to form under Solskjaer, bagging nine goals and assisting seven others since Mourinho’s departure from the club.United’s next fixture is against Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.MORE: De Gea prepared to walk out on United as club refuse to meet his £400,000-a-week wage demands Advertisementlast_img read more

Tough times see borrowers keen to fix home loans to guard against possible interest rate pain

first_imgMORE borrowers are looking to lock in their home loans amid the threat of rising interest rates, new research out today reveals.More than a third of Aussies (35.5 per cent) looking to take out a home loan would opt for a fixed-rate loan ahead of a split rate (34 per cent) or a variable rate (30.7 per cent), according to Gateway Credit Union.And over half of those surveyed said they would be in it for the long haul — choosing to fix their home loan rate for five years. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Of the major cities, Brisbane residents are the second most likely in the country to want to fix their mortgage after Sydneysiders, with 35.1 per cent saying they would choose a fixed rate home loan over a variable or split option.It comes after Mortgage Choice’s latest national home loan approval data found Queenslanders were the keenest on fixed rates, with 24.74 per cent of all March loans being locked in.The results reveal the younger generation of 18 to 29 year olds are most inclined to take out a fixed rate home loan, followed by the 50 plus age bracket. More borrowers want to fix home loans amid threat of rising interest rates.Although the Reserve Bank of Australia kept interest rates on hold at its last board meeting, that hasn’t stopped banks from making a number of out-of-cycle home loan rate rises.Gateway CEO Paul Thomas said speculation around changing market conditions had clearly rattled borrowers.“We know property prices are sky high, compound that with low wage growth, high levels of household debt and out of cycle rate hikes and you can expect that consumers might be worried about maintaining a loan, especially if they have no control over repayments because of a fluctuating rate,” Mr Thomas said. “Borrowers have enjoyed low rates for quite some time but the results suggest that we may be in for tougher times ahead.“We all know the RBA is likely to raise rates but these findings suggest borrowers think that once rates start to shift upwards they won’t be coming back down again for some time.”Along with considering fixing part, or all, of your home loan, Omniwealth’s Andrew Zbik has some more tips to prepare for rising interest rates:More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago1. Build a cash buffer“I always recommend that clients have at least six months of expense put aside as a cash buffer,” he said. “This will help to shield you from any immediate increases in interest rates and give you time to adjust any spending commitments.” He points out the RBA has revealed only one-in-three households have enough cash on hand to meet one month’s mortgage payments.2. Ensure you have an offset accountMr Zbik says offset accounts are a great way to get your surplus cash working for you. Your savings and everyday cash flow will be used to reduce the repayments on your home loan. For example, if you have $100,000 of loan outstanding and you have $10,000 in the offset account, the bank will only charge you interest on the $90,000.3. What if you cannot save a cash buffer?If you have equity in your home, you may be able to apply for a line-of-credit or get a new loan with an offset account to be your cash buffer. However, you must be disciplined that you do not use this credit facility as a new cash pot to buy a bigger flat screen TV or fund a cheeky trip to Thailand. This way at least you have some access to cash when interest rates start to rise and you can determine what spending changes you need to make to keep ahead.4. Have a serious budgetThere’s no longer any excuse for not knowing how you spend your money. With automatic budget tracking programs such as Moneysoft or MoneyBrilliant, it’s easy to keep tab and categorise expenditure on credit cards, loans and offset accounts. Knowing where you spend your money will help you to prepare for where interest rates need to be before cashflow gets tight.last_img read more

At least 29 killed in Kenyan landslide

first_imgHeavy rains trigger landslides and flashfloods recently in east African countries. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday said at least 29 people were killed in landslides caused by severe weather in West Pokot County, Kenya. EPA Seven children were among the deadrecovered so far, officials said. Countries throughout east Africa havebeen affected by the downpours in recent weeks. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’iconfirmed that rescue operations were “ongoing,” adding that “harsh weatherconditions” were hampering a full assessment of the damage. The country’s meteorologicaldepartment issued a warning of heavy rains on Nov. 18, telling people in“landslide-prone” areas to be on “high alert.” KENYA – At least 29 people were killedin Kenya as heavy rains triggered a landslide in West Pokot County, PresidentUhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday.      Landslides and flash floods havekilled people in Ethiopia and Tanzania while hundreds of thousands have beendisplaced in Somalia by the heavy rains.(BBC)last_img read more

Chelsea boss Villas-Boas fined

first_imgThe Football Association have fined Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas £12,000 for his comments about referee Chris Foy following the recent derby against QPR.The Blues boss, who was also warned about his future conduct, admitted after last month’s defeat at Loftus Road that he had been “aggressive” towards the match official.Villas-Boas denied a charge of improper conduct but the verdict of an independent regulatory commission went against him.AdChoices广告He was furious that after awarding QPR an early penalty, Foy twice waved away Chelsea’s appeals for a spot-kick in the second half.The Portuguese said at the time: “The ref was poor. Very, very poor. And it reflected in the result.“I spoke to him at the end and I was aggressive to him and I don’t care whether he was okay with it or not.”Foy sent off Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba and booked seven other Chelsea players during the match.The club were subsequently fined £20,000 after admitting an FA charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.Follow West London Sport on Twitter.last_img read more

FIFA launches legal action against Blatter and Platini

first_imgFIFA has launched legal action against former president Sep Blatter and former vice-president Michel Platini in order to recover more than £1.5m.Two million Swiss francs (£1.54m) was transferred to Platini, 64, on 18 January 2011 after Blatter, 83, approved the “disloyal payment”.Earlier this month, a FIFA governance committee unanimously ruled the illicit funds should be repaid.If they are repaid, the funds will be put back into football development.In addition, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed the “gift” from world football’s governing body was an “undue payment”.In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport in July, Blatter said he was “an honest man” and had begun legal action against Fifa for the return of 60 personal watches.Blatter’s 17-year spell in charge of Fifa ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 and he is serving a six-year ban from football.He alleges false information was spread in relation to money received by him after the 2014 World Cup.Blatter and Platini both deny any wrongdoing.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Matt Gilmore wins Cactus mountain bike race

first_imgVan Rensburg crossed the line in second place with a time of 34:45, and George Gamble rounded out the top three as he finished in 36:40.Fourth went to Dawit Feyissa. Feyissa completed the race in 43:16, and Pat Ferris took fifth in 44:10.Davide Loro’s time of 46:31 was good enough for sixth spot, Sam Keats, Adam Currie, and Ken Lane took seventh, eighth, and ninth with times of 49:24, 50:03, and 50:21 respectively. Darren Guliov rounded out the top ten as he crossed the line in 51:35.- Advertisement -Riders will keep on racing tonight as they take part in the Baldonnel time trial at 7, and that’s followed another Cactus mountain bike event at 10 a.m. on Sunday.last_img read more