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Moyes: No loan approaches for Zaha

first_img Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing as Manchester United manager but has been chronically under-used since his £15million move from Crystal Palace. Zaha’s six-minute substitute outing at Aston Villa on Sunday was only his fourth United appearance and the 21-year-old has made just two starts. It is no surprise that a loan move has been mooted, with Newcastle said to be among the clubs interested in attaining the services of a player good enough to win two full England caps. And Moyes concedes he is not against the idea. “I did say to Wilf if I didn’t feel he was getting enough games, I would consider it,” Moyes said in quotes reported by MUTV. “Obviously if we’ve got injuries or other reasons, I wouldn’t take it on board. “But the truth is we haven’t had anybody phoning up and wanting to do that at the moment. “While it’s like that, I am fine.” Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed he has not fielded any requests to take Wilfried Zaha on loan – but admits the winger could be allowed to leave on a temporary basis if the circumstances are right.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Foreign Appeal…Greek government wants to reform casino sector attracting international players

first_img Share Greek leisure approval sees OPAP return to full capacity June 8, 2020 Submit Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Greek news source Ekathimerini has reported that the Syriza government may seek to reform industry taxes on casino gambling in order to make its national market more attractive to foreign companies.The Greek government may move to present new legislation to the Economic Ministry aimed at propelling Greece’s casino sector, by creating conditions attractive to international players willing to invest in the Greek economy.Ministers may table a consultation reviewing Greece’s current gambling ‘turnover tax’ set at 30-37% dependent on gaming vertical. Seeking to gain new players for its casino market, Syriza may move to reduce taxes on slots and table gaming.Revamping its casino sector, the government wants to gain high-quality gambling venues attractive to its growing number of tourists (projected 30 million by 2018). A reform attractive to foreign operators would see the Greek government gain much-needed tax revenues from better gambling enterprises as well as licensing procedures.Winning the 2015 Greek General Election, the Syriza Party ( the coalition of the left) have earmarked major reforms to gambling in order to create much-needed tax revenues. In May 2015, Syriza approved a fixed 35% gross-gaming-revenue tax for all online gambling verticals.Further to a potential casino sector reform, the government has allowed for a new tender to create a new Casino resort on the site of its former Elliniko international airport outside of Athens.last_img read more

Samuel Eto’o and Chelsea’s line of African greats

first_imgChelsea have announced the signing of Samuel Eto’o, the Cameroon international, from Anzhi Makhachkala on a one-year contract: and remarkably, with this news, they have now recruited arguably the three greatest players that Africa has ever produced.Eto’o possibly stands on that proudest of podiums alongside Didier Drogba and George Weah, with only Eusebio, born in Mozambique, and Ghana’s Abedi Pele with any competing claim to finish in the medal positions.Of course, George Weah, though he is the only player to have been named the World, African and European Footballer of the Year – a triple crown that he achieved in 1995 – was far past his best upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge, though he occasionally offered reminders of his greatness.He is most famous for his length-of-the-pitch solo strike against Verona on the opening day of the 1995-96 season, though perhaps his finest achievement was in a Paris St-Germain shirt, running riot against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup. Oliver Kahn, the Germans’ goalkeeper, rarely looked so unsettled.Then there’s Didier Drogba, who like Weah was a true centre-forward: the very tip of his team’s attacking pyramid, an exceptional blend of acceleration, power and technique.Drogba was remarkable not so much for the volume of his goals – though he was far more prolific than Weah, who was more of a playmaker – but for his almost pathological ruthlessness in cup finals, where he plundered ten goals in ten appearances. It is a mark of Samuel Eto’o’s magnificence that he may, when all is said and done, stand above either of Weah and Drobga in the pantheon of greats.He is the only man to have won trebles in consecutive seasons of domestic league, domestic cup and UEFA Champions League – at Barcelona in 2009, then at Internazionale in 2010 – and is the only man to have opened the scoring for his team in two UEFA Champions League finals.Even Lionel Messi, who is as fast off the mark as any attacker in history, cannot say that.Happily for Chelsea, too, Eto’o combines the swagger of a rock band’s frontman with a rare humility, having played wide on the right for Jose Mourinho when the current Chelsea manager came to Serie A. Though Eto’o will presumably be given nothing other than a central brief, this flexibility will provide Chelsea with the fluidity that Mourinho has traditionally demanded from his forward line.How good will Eto’o be in the Premier League? There is an argument that his performances have waned considerably since his peak, but that should not be heeded too readily. Though he is now 32, it is only two seasons since he scored 37 times in 53 games for Internazionale, the best single return of any season in his career.His strike rate at Anzhi remained at just better than one goal in every two games (36 in 71), and he will be galvanised both by this fresh challenge and by three of the best playmakers in world football: Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard.He could also be an excellent mentor to Romelu Lukaku, the Belgium international who could well emerge as one of the next great forwards of African heritage.Whilst Weah’s time at Chelsea had the feel of a farewell tour, this is the first time since Drogba that an African forward has come to the Premier League with the threat of being decisive in a championship standoff.Once Eto’o acclimatises to the Premier League, which should be reasonably soon, we should readily see what has given so many of the world’s finest defenders great cause for disquiet. And for that, once again, we have Africa to thank.last_img read more