José Mourinho tells Marouane Fellaini to ‘shut up’ and sign United deal

first_imgShare via Email Share on LinkedIn José Mourinho says he has told Marouane Fellaini to “shut up” and accept Manchester United’s contract offer before the seriousness of the midfielder’s knee injury is diagnosed.The manager was smiling as he recounted the conversation but behind his jokingly delivered line to Fellaini appeared to lie a serious point. Fellaini’s deal ends on 1 July and the 30-year-old wants a sizeable increase on a salary thought to be around £120,000 a week. He suffered a knee problem that limited him to seven minutes as a substitute in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham. news “I told him yesterday: ‘Sign the contract and shut up,’” said Mourinho. “I told him: ‘Don’t gamble too much. Sign the contract before you know the extent of the injury.’ It is not an ACL, a complete rupture of any structure of the knee. But we need him, the Champions League is arriving [on 21 February] and lots of tough matches to play and probably we are going to lose him for a few weeks. Two, three, four or five, I cannot say at the moment.”Mourinho has conceded the title to Manchester City for the first time but wants their raising of the bar to be the “click” that drives his team on next season. Mourinho draws inspiration from United’s response after his Chelsea side won the Premier League for a second successive season more than a decade ago.“I always remember when Sir Alex [Ferguson] said in 2005-06, when we won the second title with Chelsea: ‘We need to improve a lot because they have raised the bar to such a level,’” Mourinho said. “They [Chelsea] won two titles in a row, the second title was easier than the first and then the biggest manager in the Premier League said Man Utd needed to improve a lot. That was the click for the improvement of the team.“In 2006-07 Man Utd won the title back. It has to be like that [for us]. That is why every match until the end of the season is important for us. It is not just about the points and finishing in the top four, which is important. Try to finish second. Try to play the best we can and improve the players individually the best we can and be the best possible team at the end of the season.“Then we must try to start next season in a good way, like we did this season, but try to be consistent and try not to lose points like we did this season in some matches where we shouldn’t.” Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend José Mourinho Manchester United Topicscenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

National friendship centres preparing for upcoming federal election in urban areas

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsThe National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is preparing election kits that will be sent out to partner organizations across the country.The NAFC represents 113 friendship centres across the country.They offer culturally appropriate programming and services to First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples living in cities.NAFC Executive Director Jocelyn Formsma said it’s important the centres prepare their clients for the election.“We’re encouraging friendship centres to invite candidates to the centre, so that they’re aware of the programing,” she said.“And that people at the centres are also aware of who the candidates are.”Read More: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal election#Vote2019: Truth and Reconciliation still important to Indigenous voters according to pollAccording to a poll commissioned by APTN and conducted by Environics, the environment is one of the most pressing issues on the ballot this year with housing it on the lower end at 6 per cent.But according to Formsa, the urban population’s needs are different.“Making sure people have a safe place to live, shelter, making sure that families have support, that children have support especially those who are leaving the child welfare system or currently involved with the child welfare system,” she said.72 per cent of those surveyed said they’ll definitely vote on election night, but that number is often higher than the actual turnout.Gabrielle Fayant, the founding member of a non-profit youth group Assembly of Seven Generations, said the number of youth at the polls could be lower than in 2015 due to the fact the politicians have failed to reach out to them.“It seems like a mixed response, like some youth are really outspoken and they’re saying like we need to go out and vote and other youth are just like, why, why should we even vote”, said Fayant.The poll also found that 73 per cent of respondents said child welfare is a very important issue, something that Fayant [email protected]@aptnafrancislast_img read more