Ballack: Hazard must make decision on future

first_imgEden Hazard needs to decide if he wants to stay at Chelsea and make his intentions to the club clear, according to former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack.Hazard has made no secret of his interest in playing for Real Madrid and, with his contract having only 18 months to run, Chelsea could be forced into a sale this year if they are unable to extend his deal.However, speaking to France Football this week, the Belgium star claimed there are conditions that could see him commit his future to Stamford Bridge, even though he admitted he would still consider any Madrid approach. 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? Ballack, who won two FA Cups, the Premier League and the EFL Cup in a four-year spell with Chelsea, believes Hazard would be in a strong bargaining position if he tells the club of his true ambitions and has urged him to make up his mind.”Eden Hazard has to decide if he wants to stay or not,” he told Omnisport . “He’s not only an outstanding player at Chelsea but also in the Premier League. Now, he has to decide if he wants to play at an ultimate, top club. That’s what he’s already communicated from time to time.Michael Ballack“In my opinion, he is a little bit too calm, especially at Chelsea. There, he should be more demanding and expressing of his wishes. He can do that because he is in an outstanding position. If he wants to win more titles with Chelsea, something has to happen, otherwise Eden Hazard will think about looking for another opportunity.”Chelsea host Tottenham on Thursday in the EFL Cup semi-final, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.The game comes after a 2-0 loss to Arsenal left them 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and only three above the Gunners and Manchester United in fifth and sixth respectively.Ballack admires head coach Maurizio Sarri’s attempts to implement a more attacking style of play, but he is concerned the squad lacks the quality to match Liverpool and champions Manchester City.”Maurizio Sarri is also from Italy, like former coach Antonio Conte. As we know, Italians focus on discipline and an organised style of play but at the beginning I had the feeling that they want to play a little bit more offensive and creative,” he said.”He is a very relaxed guy who started well, although Chelsea lost some important and easy games now. In the Premier League, that’s dangerous because you lose sight of teams like Liverpool and Manchester City who have a big and well-balanced squad. Then you suddenly suffer a 10-point deficit, which is difficult to cut.”I don’t see any players in the team who really want to attack the top of the table. For the manager, it’s difficult to add quality to the squad. As I said, the squad is good but not good enough for the top.”last_img read more

Toft Hansen – Dragicevic exchange deal of AG Copenhagen and THW Kiel

Serbian line player, Milutin Dragicevic (29) will definitely leave THW Kiel just after one season at the Baltic Sea. As the best player of the Danish championship in the T-shirts of the BSV Silkeborg named “Hercules” because of his strength and power, Dragicevic came to THW Kiel on the four season contract basis, but he didn’t found himself in the team with the biggest ambitions.THW coach, Alfred Gislason announced that he wants “200 cm tall line player” and that he wasn’t in the club, when contract with Dragicevic was signed (time of Noka Serdarusic and Schwenker).  Meanwhile, Dragicevic changed the diet regime, so he lost five kilos in the last 12 months. Dragicevic said that he was proud that he was part of the team, but he and his family will feel better in some other environment with less results pressure.Only but the big problem is that Dragicevic has three years contract with the team, which weight is about 900.000 Euro.  Freedom is expensive as also team’s mistakes, so THW is trying to find another solution. German and Danish media wrote about exchange among THW Kiel and AG Copenhagen. A new Danish handball star, Rene Toft Hansen, who has signed contract with THW Kiel from 2012 has to come this summer to the “Zebras” while Dragicevic will become a member of the Danish champion, who has great ambition in the EHF Champions League next season.Is that true, we will find out in the next few days… handball transfersMilutin DragicevicRene Toft HansenTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Junior’s WC in Greece: Five teams with 100% after three games Next Story → EHF published Women’s Euro Cup seedings read more

Union of Students in Ireland distances itself from responsible drinking organisation

first_imgThe union’s Vice President for Welfare Denise McCarthy said that the USI wanted to ensure that “students’ health is at the forefront of any campaigns we run/support… we are not best served doing that in partnership with Drinkaware”.A booklet produced by USI and drinkaware.ie. (Image Credit: drinkaware.ie)Reacting to the USI statement, CEO of MEAS and drinkaware.ie Fionnuala Sheehan said her organisation “does not encourage anyone to drink”.“Indeed it advises there are circumstances where people should not drink alcohol,” she continued, “but we seek to address the realities of alcohol in Irish society as they have developed over time.”Research into the drinkaware.ie brand has shown that 85 per cent of over-18s are aware of the organisation, and that 90 per cent of people believe the brand should be used more widely, she noted.Read the full letter from the USI to MEAS here >Read: Why are people saying ‘Down with Arthur’s Day’? Encouraging students to drink responsibly is still an encouragement for students to drink- regardless of how it’s qualified. THE UNION OF Students in Ireland (USI) is to distance itself from drinkaware.ie, an organisation which promotes responsible drinking.The national students’ union had worked in partnership with the organisation, which is part of MEAS, to promote the responsible consumption of alcohol among students.However, they will now seek to develop an independent campaign while working with “other bodies not funded by a self-regulating drinks industry”.The proposal to the end the partnership was passed without objection at USI National Council earlier this month.In a statement, USI President Joe O’Connor said drinkaware.ie’s support for the Arthur’s Day festival raised concerns within the union regarding the body’s “credibility”.last_img read more