Crystal Palace set asking price for Arsenal and Man Utd to sign Wilfried Zaha

first_img Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace will demand a fee of £100million if they are forced to sell Wilfried Zaha this summer, according to reports.Ivory Coast international Zaha enjoyed another productive season for Crystal Palace, scoring ten goals and making five assists to help the Eagles finish 12th in the Premier League.Zaha left Selhurst Park six years ago to join Manchester United but returned to Palace in 2015 following a disastrous spell at Old Trafford.The 26-year-old is a fan favourite at Crystal Palace but has reportedly told the south London club he wants to move to a Champions League club now the 2018-19 season has finished.ADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Read More by Metro Top articles Advertisement 1/1 Crystal Palace set asking price for Arsenal and Man Utd to sign Wilfried Zaha About Connatix V67539 SPONSORED Read More Palace are reluctant to lose their star player, however, and The Telegraph say they want £100m on the table before they consider selling.AdvertisementAdvertisementPremier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal have both expressed interest in signing Zaha but will not be able to meet Palace’s requirements if they push for a deal.It is also claimed that Zaha would seriously consider joining a European club if the right opportunity presented itself.Borussia Dortmund are said to be keeping tabs on the forward and could see him as a direct replacement for Jadon Sancho, who has been linked with a number of elite teams.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 Citycenter_img Skip Ad Read More Read More Skip Video Settings 1 min. story Read More Coming Next Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 May 2019 4:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / PLAY last_img read more

Kenyan athletics in dock again over doping

first_imgAthletics powerhouse Kenya are once again in the eye of a doping storm just a month out from the Olympic Games after the latest investigation by German television channel ARD and The Sunday Times.Saturday’s documentary alleges doping is rife at the elite training centre in Iten.Previous joint research by ARD and the British newspaper led to the banning of the Russian athletics’ team from the Games for state sponsored doping.Over the past three years some 40 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests, shredding their reputation for probity and laying bare the reality behind their reputation as the most dominant middle to long distance running nation in the world.The allegations will come as a major blow as it follows only weeks after Kenyan lawmakers passed into law — after being threatened with a similar sanction as the Russians by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) — legislation making it a criminal act to either dope or to supply such products.The documentary, largely filmed with a hidden camera, says it successfully infiltrated one of their team posing as an athlete into the training centre which is a favoured spot for distance runners, both Kenyan and European, as it is at high altitude 2400 metres above sea level.The documentary shows images of boxes of the endurance boosting drug EPO on the inside of the training centre and used syringes dumped in a bin.EPO is shown to be widely available in the pharmacies around the centre whilst two doctors are only too willing to propose supplying the journalist posing as an athlete with doping products.Very shockingOne of the two doctors claims to have supplied “more than 50” athletes, including three British runners, based on his guarantee he could dramatically improve their performances in “three months”.“Even if the athletes are subjected to doping tests they will find nothing,” says the doctor. “That is what the top level athletes take.”The same doctor, according to ARD, when approached again retracted his claims and said he had nothing to do with doping and to have made up supplying the products.However, both he and the other doctor featured have since been arrested by Kenyan police according to ARD.A man said to be the coach of an Olympic champion, appearing with his face hidden, confirms the claims made in the documentary.“The great majority of the athletes who appear out of nowhere are doped,” he says.The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, Nicole Sapstead, said the report was “of grave concern and of significant interest”, adding they were investigating.“I can confirm that this evidence is being treated with the utmost importance and urgency, and two UKAD staff are currently in Kenya pursuing a number of lines of enquiry,” she said in a statement.Japhter Rugut, head of the Kenyan anti-doping agency, said the revelations were “very shocking”.“We can see that we have a lot of problems at grassroots level and we will work with the police so as to weed out all those implicated in these criminal activities, both sports people and doctors, who will have to answer for their actions,” he told ARD.“We want to go to Rio with a clean team.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ingebrigtsen siblings’ track success driven by ‘dictator’ father’s tough love

first_imgOne of the boys….Filip Ingebrigtsen. PHOTO IAAF ORGDoha, Qatar | AFP | Gjert Ingebrigtsen admits he is a dictator but one who produces results as three of his sons — Jakob, Henrik and Filip — will contest Monday’s 5,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships.The youngest of the Norwegian family trio, 19-year-old Jakob — who achieved a remarkable 1500m/5,000m double at the European Championships last year — earned a reprieve to join them in the final after winning an appeal against disqualification following his heat in Doha on Friday.Their story is not unique in terms of three brothers succeeding in athletics — the Borlee siblings (Dylan, Jonathan and Kevin), also coached by their father, won European gold last year in the Belgian 4x400m relay team.But the Ingebritsens’ story stands out given that their father had no athletics background whatsoever.The 53-year-old Gjert’s skills appeared to lie elsewhere as he acts as accountant for his wife Tone’s hair salon business and his day job is working for a logistics company.He revels in having been termed a dictator by Filip — who was European 1500m champion in 2016 following in the footsteps of 28-year-old Henrik, who won the title in 2012 — in a reality television series that Gjert agreed to despite the reservations of his sons.In the TV series, Filip objected to his father forcing the 26-year-old to cancel a holiday wth his then girlfriend.– ‘You have to be a dictator’ –Filip’s subsequent move to Oslo with his now wife last year from the family home city of Sandnes was not appreciated by Gjert.“I don’t know anybody from Oslo being good at anything,” Gjert dismissively told the Daily Telegraph. “In sport, a dictatorship is much better than the opposite.“You have a small time of year to be at your best and you cannot have democratic decisions for everything.“You have to be a dictator. You have to take decisions in a short time and have to believe that what you are doing is the best for the boys.”Gjert, who is also the boys’ agent and manager, may have produced results on the track but they are not necessarily approved of by the Norwegian populace as a whole.“They don’t really like the professional mentality in Norway,” Filip told the Daily Telegraph.“They want to be like they are just out for recreational training and suddenly you’re the best. “That’s not how things work. You need to be focused over time. You need to have a different mentality. You can’t be like the rest.”The boys — three of seven children ranging in age from 31 to five — have been ultra-competitive from the early days, even down to which of them would get in or out of the family car first.Super excited to reach my first final in a global championship!! Can’t believe that 3x Ingebrigtsen is ready to race on monday, LET’S GO! 🥰 #Final #Doha2019 #TeamIngebrigtsen @ Khalifa International… https://t.co/AEqTZgji81— Jakob Ingebrigtsen (@JakobIng) September 28, 2019– ‘To endure me’ –Gjert told the BBC there was no special switch that was suddenly turned on — they were just a normal Norwegian family enjoying outdoor pursuits and he is not “especially interested in sport.”“It might be that I am rather strict in the way I see things,” he said.“The boys come to me and say: ‘I want to be a European champion.’“I say: ‘I want to help you, I can help you, but you have to do everything that I tell you.’“I stand out from other parents. I am very demanding and it is a kind of contract between me and the boys to help them be the best they can be — but they have to endure me following them every day all year.”Filip, who will along with Jakob double up in the 1500m, does despite his “dictator” remark appreciate the end results.“He will always be my father,” he told the BBC. “You can’t take that hat off and say now I am your coach.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more