Hazard: Mbappe, Pogba among best

first_imgEden Hazard hailed Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba as two of the world’s best players as the pair continue to be linked with Real Madrid.Hazard was presented by Madrid on Thursday after making the move from Chelsea for a fee which could reportedly rise to £130million.Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe and Manchester United midfielder Pogba are also linked with Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane’s rebuild is gathering steam. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? While Hazard had little interest in talking about transfers, the attacker said the duo were among the world’s best.”I’m not here to discuss transfers. I came to play with the best,” he told a news conference. What a day for @hazardeden10 ! #WelcomeHazard | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/VJT8zEg9nB — Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) June 13, 2019 “There are new players already and we’ll have some time to adapt.”It’s true that we want to play with the best and the guys you’ve mentioned are two of those, but I don’t decide these things.”Madrid have already signed Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes ahead of the 2019-20 season.Hazard, Jovic and co. will be tasked with leading Real Madrid back to glory as the club failed to win a trophy this season.The club finished third in La Liga, behind rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and suffered a stunning Champions League elimination at the hands of Ajax.And Hazard says that he and the new signings will look to brings the club back to its prior level and fight for the trophies the team has become accustomed to winning.Hazard  stated on Thursday that he does not consider himself a “Galactico” , saying he must prove himself as a player at Real Madrid.At 28 years old, he’s entering the prime of his career, and he’s ready to prove himself once again.”I do not think it’s too late, I’m 28 years old, I think I’m in the best moment of my career,” he said.”The dream of playing for Madrid has been there for a long time but in my career I have always had several stages and now I think it was time to set a before and after in my career.”He added: ” I think it all began last year, after the World Cup, but I’ve been at Chelsea for another year.”I’ve had a great year personally and also with the team, I think it was the perfect time to sign with Real Madrid.”last_img read more

NWT voters faces tough choices in gloomy election

N.W.T. voters faces tough choices in gloomy election YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories goes to the polls Monday in an election where voters in the land of the midnight sun may feel they face more of the former than the latter.The territory’s resource-driven economy is stagnant, becalmed by low commodity prices and uncertainty over land rights. Its population growth is just as sluggish. Demands for social spending and infrastructure such as roads are rising.And while the N.W.T. has managed a string of balanced budgets, those days may be ending.“There’s a lot of challenges we’ve got to face,” said Premier Bob McLeod, running for re-election in Yellowknife.Under the territory’s consensus form of government, candidates run individually instead of under a party banner.The 19 successful candidates meet shortly after the election to choose a premier and cabinet. The remaining members then hold the executive to account, functioning as a kind of opposition.Whoever wins the premier’s chair has big issues to deal with — like who controls the land.“The real foundation is uncertainty over the land claim,” said Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nations, which has an unresolved claim covering much of the Mackenzie Valley. “That’s really created a lot of problems.”Nor are unsettled claims the only land issue. The N.W.T. and Nunavut Chamber of Mines has expressed serious concerns about access, saying that 30 per cent of the territory is already closed to exploration.“We don’t know where all the attractive mineral deposits are in the N.W.T.,” the group wrote in a briefing note. “We also don’t know the types of minerals society will be needing in the future.“If we want to keep our mining industry strong, closing off even more lands to exploration doesn’t make sense.”Then there’s actually getting to all those deposits.“We need more infrastructure, like roads, so there could be more mines,” said Edward Erasmus, chief of the Tlicho government, which covers a series of First Nations in the central part of the territory.An all-weather road up the Mackenzie Valley would dramatically reduce costs to develop the region’s known reserves of oil, gas and minerals, as well as for those living along its route. Cost is a factor — the previous government has asked Ottawa to double the territory’s legal borrowing limit to a total of $1.8 billion.But without it, resource investment may well remain stuck at the same level it’s been since 2010. That $100 million a year is the lowest of the three territories.Still, a telephone poll conducted by Ekos Research for Ducks Unlimited last week found that 20 per cent of respondents listed the environment as a top-of-mind issue, outpolling economic development at 14 per cent.Meanwhile, social demands keep increasing.Small communities need more housing and suffer gaps in health care. The N.W.T.’s school graduation rate is increasing, but still low. The cost of living is high.And the fiscal cupboard is bare.Revenues are forecast to grow by less than half a per cent in total by 2019. By then, expenditures will have grown by more than eight per cent.McLeod acknowledges times are tough. But as someone who’s been in the N.W.T. government for decades as both a politician and high-ranking bureaucrat, he’s seen worse.“This is not the worst situation for our government,” he said. “We still have a lot of positive things going on out there.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960 by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 20, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more