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If we are talking percentages then Manchester City are very much in the driving seat to be Lionel Messi’s next club.

Paris St-Germain have been in touch with Messi’s dad, his agent, again about the possibility of signing the Barcelona captain, who submitted a transfer request on Tuesday.

And, perhaps most intriguingly of all, Juventus are now looking at the hugely unlikely scenario of organising some very daring financial deals and sponsorships that could see Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing together for the first time.

What a mouth-watering prospect that would be. But it is also close to impossible.

At the end of a week of countless headlines and rumours, there are two things we know above anything else: Messi very much wants to leave Barcelona and Barcelona would very much like the Argentina forward stay.

That element is simple, but it promises to become a much more complicated scenario because both sides are absolutely convinced the ’10 June clause’ – the one that enables Messi to leave for free – gives them the right to defend their position.

Messi thinks he can walk away for nothing because that date was intended to be, effectively, the end of the season. However, the coronavirus pandemic meant the campaign ended up finishing with the Champions League final on 23 August, two days before Messi let Barcelona know his intentions in an official way.

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Barca firmly believe the time for him to declare desire to leave has elapsed and that the 33-year-old is contracted until the end of 2020-21.

The lawyers will be licking their lips in anticipation.

From Messi’s side nothing has changed. He would like to leave on the best terms possible.

Barcelona have said the player is not for sale – unless of course someone thinks it is worth shelling out the 700m euros needed to trigger his buyout clause at this stage – and see no point in any further meetings for now.

Messi does not want to depart in a bad way, not because of the board but certainly because of the respect he has for the club and their fans.

Many people have focused on the burofax sent to tell Barcelona of his intention to leave, claiming it was a disrespectful way of handing in his notice. It was nothing of the sort. It was confirmation – a form of recorded delivery – that informed the club in writing what Messi had told them verbally on numerous occasions since he ceased contract renewal negotiations around March.

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It was just a logical step along the way, with a meeting to try to arrange a friendly exit the next logical step. Messi’s strategy has been unchanged throughout. The change would be if he decided to go to war with the club.

The Argentine has no plans to make any statements in the immediate future, certainly not while there are still so many things to discuss and everything is up in the air. When things start to move in the right direction for him, Messi will be prepared to explain his feelings, but not before.

The players have to do their pre-season tests on Sunday and then training starts on Monday.

Rumours Manchester City would be prepared to let any regular starters go in exchange for Messi are way off the mark. Defenders Angelino or Eric Garcia could feature in a deal.

No club is going to be able to pay a transfer fee of 100m euros plus Messi’s salary, even taking into consideration his wages will be reduced wherever he goes next.

Barcelona will not accept a swap of players; they do not want anyone from City. They do not want to sell and would only be prepared to meet Messi in order to renew his contract, not to negotiate a way out.

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Everybody is positioning on clear terms. All that makes the resolution impossible to predict.

Josep Maria Bartomeu clearly does not want to be the Barcelona president who lets Messi go.

But who is he thinking about? Certainly not the club because, as things stand, he plans to keep an unhappy player who does not want to be there and who can go for free in 12 months.

Messi’s departure would allow Barcelona to let other players grow and develop next season.

And what players they are. Frenkie de Jong, Miralem Pjanic, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to name just a few.

They would need to buy a strong central midfielder and a centre-back either now or soon, but that is entirely doable.

To insist on not letting Messi leave shows short-sightedness on the part of Bartomeu.

We wait to see what happens next, starting with whether Messi turns up for training on Monday.

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Chairman Diaspora Congratulates Nigerian Who Emerged First Nigerian WWB Head Coach

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The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K
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The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K has congratulated a Diasporan, Dr. Ganiyat Adedutan, who was recently named WWB head coach at Colgate University, New York. This makes her the ninth women’s basketball head coach in the history of Division 1.

The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K

The Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K

In a statement issued by her Media Aide, Akande-Sadipe, who Chairs the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs revealed how proud the Committee is in the achievement of another Nigerian in Diaspora.

Dr. Ganiyat Adeduntan, is the daughter of Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntan, a former Commissioner for Health and Guber-aspirant in the State.

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In the summer of 2020, Dr. Ganiyat Adedutan was named among the top-50 impactful mid-major assistants by silver waves and was invited to attend the prestigious top connect virtual seminar.

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Adeduntan’s emergence comes after three seasons as the top assistant coach and four seasons overall on the staff of Jennifer Rizzotti at George Washington University. She helped the Colonials win an Atlantic-10 Conference championship and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

The chairman in a statement issued on Thursday, described Dr. Ganiyat as a representation of her pedigree, with an impeccable track record, adding that her selection was based on merit after a rigorous review process by a credible search committee.

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“Adeduntan has distinguished herself in her field of practice, a dedicated woman with an impeccable track record who has been appointed on merit as head coach at Colgate University, New York, Congratulations on your new appointment,” she said.

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Akande-Sadipe has said the House of Representatives, through the Diaspora Committee, would continue to recognise hard-working Nigerians all over the world making the Motherland Proud.

 

 

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Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Total Commitment To Support Home Based Football Club, Nasarawa United FC Through Passage Of Favorable Legislative Bills

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Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi
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Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Total Commitment To Support Home Based Football Club, Nasarawa United FC Through Passage Of Favorable Legislative Bills.

In their collective bid to rally round the home based football club to succeed, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, Wednesday said the State legislative arm will continue to support Nasarawa United Football Club to succeed in both domestic and continental football Club.

The Speaker stated this when the chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi, presented him with replica jerseys of the Club at his residence in Lafia today.

While commending the giant efforts of the club enjoined them to keep the flag flying and build on the solid foundation the club have put place and assured that the assembly under his leadership will support the club through passage of favourable legislative bills.

“I feel truly honoured for this august visit to present kits of our darling Club, Nasarawa United, to me.

“I have been following the club events within and outside the state, and I can confidently said i am proud of you guys.

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“I want to tell you that both members of the Assembly and myself truly appreciate the efforts you are putting in place to uplift the status of the club to an enviable heights.

“Nasarawa United is a household name, not only here in Nasarawa State, but the whole country. So, I want to single you (Barr. Danladi) out for commendation because you have actually demonstrated professionalism in your responsibility and I want to urge you to continue in that spirit.”

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Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi assured the Chairman and members of the Solid Miners of the Assembly’s continuous support to attain its set goals.

Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi

Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club, Barr. Isaac Danladi

“As an Assembly, consider us as partners in progress, and we won’t hesitate to give you and the club all the necessary legislative backup for the purpose of taking the state to greater heights, including picking up another Continental ticket this term, because you have given us hope”, he added.

On his part, Barr. Isaac Danladi told the Speaker that the visit was to appreciate him for all the wonderful support and kindness the Club has been enjoying from him.

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He added that the visit was also to appreciate the Assembly members support to the club and the attention the club always get from the house during it’s budget defence.

“As a token of appreciation for all that you have been doing, we are here to present to you replica jerseys of our club so that you can use it to support us the more.

“Aside that, you have been an ardent supporter of Nasarawa United and this goes down to when you accompanied the Club during its Continental engagements in Algeria and Senegal respectively, some years ago.”

Barr. Danladi who is the Chairman, Nigeria Professional Football League Club Owners’ Association, assured the Speaker that the club would do everything within its powers to pick one of the available Continental tickets before the 2020/2021 NPFL Season comes to an end .

“I want to assure you this time around, that by the special grace of God, and with the support of the administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule, coupled with the support of your members, Nasarawa United shall get a Continental ticket again.”

Recalled that after the end of the first stanza of the 2020/2021Nigeria Professional Football League Season, Nasarawa United was placed 6th on the league log, with 30 points from nineteen matches, six points behind table-topping Kwara United.

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However,the second stanza of the league will Kickstart on 9th May, 2021, with the Solid Miners hosting Kwara United at the Lafia City Stadium.

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