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High-yield junk market still attractive: top bond manager Margaret Patel

NEW YORK ( ) – The gains in high-yield junk bonds are not over, thanks to the Federal Reserve’s supportive stance on monetary policy, Margaret Patel, one of the mutual-fund industry’s longest tenured and most well-known bond managers, said on Tuesday.

“The risk-taker will be rewarded,” Patel, a senior portfolio manager at Wells Fargo Asset Management, said at the New York headquarters of . The ICE Merrill Lynch U.S. high-yield index has posted returns of 8.92% so fa上海夜生活论坛r this year. Patel’s Wells Fargo High Yield Bond fund is up 8.68% for the same period.

“I see a downward drift in yields in junk bonds,” she said.

Patel, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the business, said the Fed will not be cutting off liquidity and could, in fact, slash interest rates this year. The Fed’s potential cuts will trigger another wave of gains and access to credit for high-yield companies, which issue debt with less-than-stellar credit ratings called junk bonds.

“Why should junk bond spreads be 450 basis points over Treasuries if defaults are a needle in a haystack? Makes no sense,” Patel said.

The economy is slowing down but not to the point of recessionary levels, Patel said. She characterizes the economic backdrop as marked by “low inflation, modest growth, low interest rates and low volatility.”

As a result, junk bond returns will continue to be modest for a number of years, Patel said. She favors the industrial, healthcare and technology sectors.

For their part, U.S. equities “could definitely move higher,” she added.

After starting as an equities analyst, Patel eventually became a portfolio manager where her reputation rose primarily on the bond side. Before joining Pioneer Investments in 1999, Patel had started a bond fund for Third Avenue’s fund family. It was later acquired by the Boston asset manager.

Oil rebounds as Trump says letter revives China trade hopes

HOUSTON ( ) – Brent oil futures settled slightly higher on Thursday, rebounding from a drop after U.S. President Donald Trump revived investor hopes that the United States might not raise tariffs on Chinese imports, a step that could hit economic growth and crimp oil demand.

The trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies and a sharp drop in global equity markets has hit oil prices, outweighing geopolitical tensions and supply cuts that have lowered global supplies from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Brent settled 2 cents higher at $70.39 a barrel, rebounding from a session low of $69.40 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled down 42 cents at $61.70 per barrel.

Prices bounced off session lows after Trump said he received a “beautiful letter” from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump quoted the letter as saying: “Let’s work together let’s see if we can get something done.”

The letter fed investor hopes Washington and Beijing might clinch a trade deal, said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in New York.

The trade row has dragged economic growth in Asia and a breakdown in Sino-American negotiations could call global crude demand forecasts into question, said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital Management LLC.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects global oil demand to rise by 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) this year.

“It’s why OPEC is being a bit stingy with barrels,” Kilduff said, referring to output cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia. “They don’t want to step into that situation if the trade talks go off the rails.”

OPEC’s top producer Saudi Arabia has been reluctant to add barrels to global supply because it fears a price crash, even as the organization is unsure of global supplies for the second half of the year, OPEC sources said.

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, and threats to oil supplies in Nigeria in Libya have supported oil prices, mitigating the impact of the trade dispute, analysts said. Brent and WTI have risen more than 30 percent so far this year.

“The supply uncertainty is what’s holding the (U.S. oil) market above $60 a barrel,” said Phillip Streible, senior market strategist at RJO Futures in Chicago. “The demand uncertainty is what has it in the red today. But we’re holding pretty good.”

Earlier this week, data showing a surprise drop in U.S. crude inventories also buoyed prices.

The U.S. tariffs on $200 b上海夜生活论坛illion of Chinese goods would rise to 25 percent without a deal on Friday. China has threatened to retaliate, triggering a flight to safety among investors.

(Graphic: U.S. crude inventories, weekly changes since 2017 – tmsnrt.rs/2XfuQqn)

Private equity Sycamore says Chico’s declined to engage on buyout offer

May 10 ( ) – Sycamore Partners LP said on Friday struggling women’s apparel retailer Chico’s FAS Inc has declined to engage with the private equity firm on its cash offer to buy the company for $407.8 million.

In an SEC filing, Sycamore disclosed a 6.6% stake in the company, making it the fourth largest shareholder in Chico’s. The private equity had offered about $3.50 per Chico’s share, a discount of 5.4% to the company’s Thursday close.

Chico’s FAS, which is known for its Soma brand of women’s intimate apparels, operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States and Canada and also sells its merchandise online.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 36-year-old retailer has b上海夜网een struggling with sales dropping for at least the last three years and is in the middle of a search for a new chief executive officer after Shelley Broader abruptly resigned in April.

“Given the rate and severity of the deterioration of the company’s business, we believe that it is in the best interests of all stockholders for the board to create those options,” Sycamore said in a letter to Chico’s board, which was part of the filing.

Shares of the company, which have fallen nearly 62% in the last one year, were up 2% in early morning trade.

Wall Street weekahead: U.S. funds focus on media stocks, banks to find value as mid-caps rally

NEW YORK ( ) – The S&P 400 Mid-Cap index has surged to its best start to a year since 1991, both rewarding fund managers and forcing them to work harder to seek out bargains in a group that is now the most expensive part of the U.S. market based on their historical averages.

The rally in mid-cap stocks – companies with a market valuation between $2 billion and $10 billion – has come during a broad rally in global stock markets as investors price in a resolution in the trade talks between the United States and China and fewer interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

Mid-caps are up 14 percent for the year to date and sport an average price-to-earnings ratio of 16.9 times forward earnings, for their highest valuation premiums to small-cap stocks since 2017, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch research.

Yet fund managers from Janus Henderson, Hotchkis & Wiley, and Fairpointe Capital are among those who are still finding values by concentrating on financial, energy and media stocks and eschewing the high-priced real estate investment trusts and utility companies that make up nearly a fifth of the benchmark index.

“The window for the big bargain bin was the fourth quarter and that was about it,” said Kevin Preloger, a portfolio manager of the $3.3 billion Janus Henderson Mid Cap Value fund. “We’re looking for companies that have good balance sheets and good cash flow, but the tough part is reasonable valuations.”

Preloger’s fund i上海夜生活网s finding them in financial companies such as M&T Bank Corp and Hartford Financial Services Group Inc that are increasing their stock buybacks at the same time they have been beating analysts’ earnings expectations. Shares of M&T, for instance, are up 20.8 percent since the start of the year and trade at a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11.8.

“Financials are the cheapest sector in the space, and their earnings are also growing,” Preloger said.

Stanley Majcher, a portfolio manager of the $1.4 billion Hotchkis & Wiley Mid-Cap Value fund, is buying into overlooked financial and energy stocks because he considers them less risky than utility companies or REITs with higher valuations.

“Energy is very out of favor and there’s a perception that it’s a risky business because oil prices are likely to be low for a long period of time because of the market share war between OPEC and the U.S.,” he said. “But we see low volatility of demand and more discipline on the supply side.”

Among its largest holdings, Majcher’s fund has several energy companies, including Whiting Petroleum Corp, Kosmos Energy Ltd and Ophir Energy PLC, according to Morningstar data, with mixed results for the year to date. Shares of Whiting are up 12.4 percent year-to-date, while shares of Ophir are up nearly 53 percent over the same time.

Thyra Zerhusen, a portfolio manager of the $2.6 billion AMG Managers Fairpointe Mid Cap fund, said her fund is finding opportunities in media stocks such as broadcast company Tegna Inc, which was spun off of Gannett Co, magazine and local broadcasting company Meredith Corp, and New York Times Co, all of which should see a significant boost in revenues from the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, she said.

“With everybody running for president, the political advertising goes to these smaller market stations. Newspapers are almost non-existent now,” except for the New York Times, which continues to grow its digital subscriptions, she said.

She is also adding opportunistic positions in companies such as Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp, which completed its merger with the transportation unit of General Electric Co on Feb. 25. Shares of the company are up 2.9 percent year-to-date, and remain 35 percent below where they were trading six months ago.

“We’re trying to add stocks where there may be a short-term problem hitting the share price but the long-term outlook looks okay,” she said.

Libya agrees $34 billion budget for 2019 after months of disputes

TRIPOLI ( ) – Libya’s U.N.-backed administration agreed with the central bank and other players on a 2019 budget worth 46.8 billion dinars ($33.83 billion), it said on Monday after months of arguments.

The “financial arrangements”, as the budget is called officially, mark an increase from last year’s 42 billion dinars.

Libya has no proper budget as authority is divided between the U.N.-backed Tripoli government and a parallel administration allied to the internationally recognized parliament in the east, part of a conflict since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The central bank therefore agrees with Tripoli – with the tacit agreement of authorities in the east mediated by Western powers and international institutions — on a budget mainly covering public salaries and fuel subsidies for the whole country.

The Tripoli government and the central bank had been arguing over how to use funds raised by a 183 per cent fees slapped on hard currency transactions since autumn. 

The fees are aimed at bridging a gap between official and black market rate by moving the official rate to effectively 3.9 versus one dollar. Before it was 1.4.

The上海夜网 black market rate has fallen since then to around 4.1 from 6.

“After extensive discussion a total value of the financial arrangements (of) 46.8 billion dinars was agreed upon,” the government said in a short statement. It gave no details.

Canada mulls setting rules for crypto platforms

( ) – Canadian regulators are looking to create new rules for crypto trading platforms, months after the death of the founder of digital platform Quadriga CX that led to about C$180 million ($135 million) in frozen cryptocurrencies.

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) said bit.ly/2Fffz2V on Thursday they are considering a set of tailored regulatory requirements to address the “novel features and risks” of crypto platforms.

“We must adapt to innovation, and provide clarity to the market about how regulatory requirements might best be tailored and applied to these unique business models, while maintaining investor protection,” IIROC Chief Executive Officer Andrew Kriegler said in a statement.

The Quadriga situation highlighted a regulatory vacuum for the cryptocurrency industry in Canada and raised questions about上海夜网 who would be held accountable for any potential losses. The cryptocurrencies have been frozen in Quadriga’s user accounts since its founder Gerald Cotten, the only person with the password to gain access, died suddenly in December.

Canada’s biggest securities regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission, said in February it was looking into the platform given the “potential harm to Ontario investors”.

Obama and Putin to meet; Syria and Ukraine vie for attention

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW ( ) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in New York next week at a time of high tension in Europe and the Middle East, but the Kremlin and the White House disagreed on Thursday over the top priority for the talks.

The White House insisted the meeting would focus on eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed forces are fighting the Kiev government, prompting tough sanctions that have damaged Russia’s economy.

Moscow, however, said the main focus would be on Syria, where Russia has built up its military forces in recent weeks with combat aircraft, tanks and other equipment in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters: “Of course, the primary topic will be Syria.” Asked whether Ukraine would be discussed, he said: “Well, if time allows.”

“There will be time,” Obama’s spokesman, Josh E上海夜网arnest, retorted during a briefing in Washington. Earnest, speaking at the White House, played down the possibility for any “major announcement” from the meeting.

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The leaders will be in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Monday morning. Peskov said the meeting would take place after Putin’s speech, but Earnest declined to say when it would happen.

The two camps also differed over who called for the meeting. The Kremlin said it was organized “by mutual agreement,” but Earnest said it was being held at Putin’s request. He said the Russians were “more desperate” to talk to their American counterparts because of the economic sanctions’ impact.

Past meetings between the two leaders have been frosty. One encounter in June 2013, which also focused on Syria, resulted in a famous photo of the leaders looking distant and glum.

Earnest said Putin had used similar body language in a photo after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week.

“President Putin was striking a now-familiar pose of less-than-perfect posture, an unbuttoned jacket, and knees spread far apart, to convey a particular image,” Earnest said.

The United States also hopes to advance political talks on Syria at other General Assembly meetings, Sheba Crocker, assistant secretary for international organization affairs, told a State Department briefing.

But Crocker said the United States would not back a U.N. Security Council statement on countering terrorism proposed by Russia because of fears it would send the wrong message to U.S. partners in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.

Preview: RB Leipzig – Hamburger SV

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Hamburger will definitely look for the win, in order to have a good start under their new manager, Bernd Hollerbach.

RB Leipzig have been highly-inconsistent since the start of the new season, falling short of the high expectations they set up last year. Their disappointing 2-1 loss to Freiburg last weekend simply came to show the problems in the team, who have won just one out of their last six Bundesliga games ( W1, D2, L3 ).

Hamburger, however, are not in a bright spot either. They are deep in the relegation zone with just 15 points after 19 games. They have lost their last four Bundesliga games.

Hamburger’s last win came in November. Only bottom-placed Cologne have lost more league games than Hamburg so far (12).

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Missing players:

Hamburger: Ekdal A. (上海夜生活论坛ankle injury), Muller N.(knee injury).

Under question:

RB Leipzig: Coltorti F.(Muscle Injury), Forsberg E.(Injury), Halstenberg M.(Hand Injury), Keita N.(Thigh Injury).

Hamburger: Hunt A.(Injury), Thoelke B.(Injury).

Zidane annoyed by Kepa’s situation

Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid head coach, spoke about his side’s failed transfer talks with Kepa Arrizabalaga as the young Spaniard decided to sign a new contract with Athletic Bilbao instead of moving to Madrid.

The Frenchman coach said that he is “annoyed” by the rumours saying that he won some kind of an internal battle and he decided not to sign this young and talented keeper. Arrizabalaga admitted that he was annoyed as well by the long negotiations and he decided to sign a new deal with his current club which will end in 2025.上海夜生活

The French coach spoke about this transfer saga as he said, according to ESPN: “In June any player can come to Madrid, if the club’s strategy is to change something, along with the coach. But my idea and that of the club too as we are all together here was to not change many things. I get annoyed when I hear comments saying I have won [an internal battle]. The important thing for me is to protect my squad, the players here are those who concern me. But I have nothing against Kepa or any other player.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that Ronaldo’s reaction after his facial injury was understandable: “Cristiano wanted to know whether the cut was very deep or not. I am saying exactly what he told us in the dressing room. The doctors stitched it up and today he was back. If he is training with us, with his eye like this [swollen] it shows how important it is for him to be on the pitch.”

In the end, Zinedine Zidane claimed that he is happy that he can rely on Isco: “Isco will always have an important role here, whether I am coach or not. I have always shown my confidence in him, he can be a decisive player. That will not change. He did not get any time [before Christmas] against Barcelona, although that was not the plan. Isco can play in many positions, in a 4-3-3 he can play up front, as he has done before, or in midfield. So there is no problem.”

Pep adamant City are not fatigued

The Citizens show no signs of slowing上海夜生活 down and their manager is confident that fatigue will not be an issue within his squad.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that exhaustion will not be a problem that will affect the performance of his high-flying squad.

The Blues from Manchester are 13 points clear on top of the English top-flight, winning 18 out of 19 games this season, while scoring 60 and conceding just 12. However, a lot of people believe that the high-energy style of Guardiola might prove to be a problem over the festive period in England, but the Catalan has little to no worries about that.

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“Gabriel [Jesus] didn’t play against Bournemouth – he played 120 minutes against Leicester and he’s the biggest fighter in high pressing I’ve seen in my life. He helps us a lot with our intensity.

“Danilo, Bernardo [Silva], [Ilkay] Gundogan all helped us against Bournemouth. We have Yaya [Toure]. Last game, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko was man of the match and he was not in the squad against Bournemouth.

“Of course we will rotate in this period. We have a game every four days. Everyone that has played in the past is going to play in the future.”

Gerrard’s remarkable managerial record

The Liverpool legend recently returned to the club as a coach in the youth formations and his record as a manager is more than impressive.

The Reds icon Steven Gerrard ended his career in the MLS before returning to Anfield in a different position from what most fans are used to seeing him. Steve G took on a coaching role in the youth system of the club in February 2017, trying to inspire and help youngsters develop and hopefully advance to the first team of Liverpool.

Even though Gerrard is relatively new to the profession, his record as a manager is quite impressive. After 21 games with the Under 18 formations, the Reds have topped the U18 Premier League, finished first in their U19 UEFA Youth League Group and lost just one game ever since his arrival.

Speaking to the club’s website ab上海夜生活论坛out the team he is leading, Gerrard revealed:Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relishing Liverpool return Andrew Smyth – Brendan Rodgers is relishing Leicester City’s trip to his old club Liverpool, whom he described as a “privilege” to work for during his three-year stint.

“Credit to the lads, they have created an atmosphere and a spirit in the group where they are hard to beat, and the reaction and response to going a goal down was superb.

“They showed unbelievable character to come back, not just to equalise but to go on and win it in the way we did, the players deserve every single bit of credit.

“I thought my performance today was poor and I got certain things wrong as the game went on but the players bailed me out and I thought they were superb.”

Howe: “The key period is about to begin now”

Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth coach, knows very well that his team are about to enter the key period of the whole season as his Bournemouth are about to play a lot of matches in the upcoming weeks.

It was clear that Bournemouth were not about to gain something from their last match against Manchester City and Eddie Howe admitted that he was focusing more on the upcoming period that on that particular match. The Cherries were beaten 4-0 by the Premier League leaders and they were clearly the worse side for the majority of the fixture so this loss was deserved.

The talented British coach spoke about the upcoming series of matches as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Those games will take on even more significance. We came here trying to get something but we knew it would have been incredibly difficult and we have to look at these games [against United, Liverpo上海夜生活论坛ol and City] as one-offs because of the quality of opposition we were playing. We had an incredibly tough run but my hope is the players have come through it okay and we’re ready to go into an important spell for us.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He continued by adding that his side did well in the match against City: “I thought we did okay. It was a huge task for us today, not just the team we were facing but also the injuries we’ve got. We were okay in the game until we conceded the first goal, which was our own doing, and it was hugely frustrating with the game plan we had. From then on it is difficult.”

In the end, Howe admitted that the second goal meant that the match was over: “The second goal is the killer for us. We still had a go to try to chase it and then opened ourselves up to concede a couple more. I’ve not spoken to [Stanislas] but I think it’s his hamstring feeling tight. We had a patched up team anyway and to lose another important player for us made it very difficult. It was a difficult afternoon.”

Griezmann: “I don’t regret staying in Madrid”

Antoine Griezmann has been struggling to perform properly this season so far but when asked whether he regrets not leaving Atletico or not, he insisted that he is still happy in Madrid and not thinking about leaving this winter.

The Frenchman has been constantly linked with a move away from Diego Simeone’s side, who are 10 points off La Liga leaders Barcelona and are on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the group stages, according to Sky Sports. Barcelona and Manchester United are said to be heavily interested in signing the Frenchman but the situation still remains unclear.

The former Real Sociedad player spoke about his situation as he said: “I do not regret having stayed at Atletico. It was my choice, I am happy with my choice, even though I have gone seven games without scoring. I will score again soon. In addition, Diego Costa and Vitolo will come, so we’ll try to keep the team high enough. These two reinforcements will do us good. An exit agreement? I did not speak about that with the president.”Joao Felix keeps making history with Atletico Madrid Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After yet another stellar performance with Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix made history after scoring his first goal vs Lokomotiv.Atletico Madrid had a complicated visit…

He also made a comment on the rumours connecting him with Manchester United: “I didn’t express myself very well. It’s like the other day, with the game “Yes or No”, when they asked me: ‘Would you like to play with Mbappe and Neymar?’ I answered yes but that does not mean that I want to go to PSG.”

In the end, Antoine Griezmann added: “I’m happy with all my performances with the national team but with only two or three Atletico matches. I have to improve and find my best form. It depends on me, how I train and work. There are games where I 上海夜生活don’t even get one shot on target and that’s my problem. I have to work to take the team to the top.”

Preview: Arsenal – Crvena Zvezda

Arsenal sit top of Group H with 9 points after winning all 3 of their opening games and will qualify for the first knockout round if they avoid defeat in this match.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Arsene Wenger will rest all of the players who featured in the 2-1 win at home to Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday and is expected to stick with the youthful team used throughout the competition so far.

The Gunners have scored at least 1 goal in 16 of their last 17 European matches and their last goalless draw was 29 games ago a上海夜生活论坛gainst Besiktas in the Champions League in August 2014.

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Crvena Zvezda have lost just 2 of their last 12 EL matches, with 1 of those defeats coming at home to Arsenal in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, winning 6 and drawing 4 their other 10 games.

Missing players

Arsenal: S. Cazorla (Achilles tendon injury), S. Kolasinac (hip injury), D. Welbeck (muscle injury), K. Bielik (doubtful), C. Chambers (doubtful), A. Lacazette (doubtful), S. Mustafi (doubtful), D. Ospina (doubtful), M. Ozil (doubtful), A. Sanchez (doubtful).

Crvena Zvezda: B. Jovicic (injury), M. Rodic (red card), N. Milijas (doubtful), Ricardinho (doubtful).

Hodgson knows that just the spirit is not enough

It’s going to be a very difficult task to save Crystal Palace and everybody knows it – and their coach, Ryan Hodgson, is sure that his team will need much more than just the spirit as they have to show also a quality.

Just four points after ten games – what a terrible record for Hodgson’s side. The experienced Englishman improved the results of his side after his arrival but it’s not enough as his Crystal Palace are about to face Tottenham this weekend and it’s going to be really difficult – the Spurs beat Real Madrid this week and they are in a good shape.

Hodgson spoke about his team’s attitude before the upcoming match as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I’ve not seen any signs of a lack of fighting spirit even from the moment I was appointed, and I don’t think from what I have seen from the training sessions that there is any lack of desire on the part of the players to give their absolute all to help the club get out of the situation it finds itself in.”Wijnaldu上海夜生活m looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

But he knows that it’s not enough and they have to improve a lot in other aspects: “But unfortunately fighting spirit alone is not enough. You have got to play some good football along the way, you have got to defend well and you have got to attack well. They are the things that the players, in my opinion at least, are trying to do in their everyday training sessions.”

The former Liverpool coach also praised Wilfried Zaha for his contribution after coming back from injury: “The players that get singled out are at the business end of the field, the goalkeepers at one end and the centre-forwards at the other. The goal scorers are always going to be the ones that people talk about and I’m more than happy to do that. Since Wilf Zaha has been in back in training and back playing for us he has added something to our team. He has given us another dimension, another possibility.”

Abidal hopeful that Mbapp\u00e9 will win the Ballon d’Or

The former Catalan has backed up the youngster, insisting he has the potential to win the award in the future.

Former Barcelona full-b上海夜生活网ack Eric Abidal is hoping that Kylian Mbappé will become the best footballer in the world. The 18-year-old has established himself as one of the most promising footballers of our generation, scoring 26 goals during a remarkable campaign with AS Monaco last season. He has also reached the final 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award this year, but will likely not win the competition with Ronaldo and Messi being the favourites as usual.

However, Abidal has recognized the enormous talent of Mbappé and says he will be rooting for this fellow countryman to win the most prestigious individual award one day.

“Yes he can,” said Abidal when asked whether Mbappé could become one of football’s greatest players, according to Goal.Neymar keeps winning matches for Paris Saint-Germain Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Another solitary goal from Neymar gave Paris Saint-Germain the victory at Bordeaux on Saturday. Mbappe played football again.With this latest goal against Bordeaux, that…

“But I can say also he has to, because he has a lot of talent.

“He is only 18-years-old. PSG have hired one of the best players of his age so he deserves a good career. But he has to work. Talent is not enough, you have to work every day.

“And with Neymar and other good players around him he has to learn from them.

“I’m French and he’s French too so I hope in a few years he wins some titles with his club and maybe in a personal capacity too, like a Ballon d’Or.”

Batshuayi will finally get his chance, says Conte

The Belgium international will start for the Blues against Crystal Palace as he steps in for injured Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has lauded Michy Batshuayi’s progress at the club as he intends to count on the striker in the forthcoming Premier League feature. Chelsea’s starting forward Morata suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester City, which leaves Batshuayi with a gre上海夜生活网at chance to prove he deserves a spot in the starting XI.

Despite his goal-scoring record of netting every 68 minutes, Michy has struggled to hold down a spot in Chelsea’s starters. Yet, Conte admits he is more impressed with the way the forward is moving on the pitch.Willian: Chelsea must become more clinical Andrew Smyth – Willian feels that Chelsea still have things to improve on after missing numerous chances during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

“I think if you compare Michy with last season he has improved a lot and he understood this league because it is not simple,” Conte stated as quoted by Goal. “He understood our style of football but he is another young player and he is working very hard to improve.

“This season he is finding many opportunities to play in the Champions League, in the league, to come on during the game, and to start the game. If you remember last season he had few opportunities to play but this season he is playing a lot and the most important thing is to show he is improving.

“Also don’t forget as a striker I can utilise Hazard. Last season we played two games with Hazard as a No.9, alongside Willian and Pedro. If I see a game where this is the solution I am ready to do that again but Michy is deserving to have opportunities to show he can play.”

Ke\u00efta unlikely to extend RB Leipzig spell

RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick admitted he does not believe the midfielder will r上海夜生活enew his contract.

Naby Keïta has attracted a lot of attention towards himself as Premier League side Liverpool were highly interested in his services. Klopp’s team reportedly submitted two bids for the player, but RB Leipzig rejected both as they never changed their stance about not selling the Guinea international.

While Rangnick is certain he can rely on Keïta in the upcoming 2017-18 campaign, he does not seem so sure about relying on Keïta once the season is over.

Speaking to SportBILD, he said:

“I am not currently assuming that we will be able to extend his contract prematurely,Top 5 – Performers in Bundesliga this weekend Boro Tanchev – The fifth Bundesliga round is not over yet, but we have to name our the top 5 performers in top-flight German football over the past weekend.

“I can assure you that Naby will be playing with us this season. All other scenarios also depend on how we do this season, how Naby plays himself and so on.”

RB Leipzig had an outstanding campaign as they finished second in the Bundesliga and qualified for the champions league. Their coach insists that the club will not just sell players, they have been developing for years right before the club’s debut in the Champions League.

“It does not matter at all whether it’s £67million or £90million,” Rangnick added. “We have not developed for five years so that we can lose one of our best players in the first Champions League season.”

“That would make no sense. We want to be successful in sports.”

Dybala is content to remain

The Argentine international has been linked with a potential move to Barcelona as a replacement for Neymar.

Paulo Dybala insists he is happy at the Old Lady amid speculations about his future, but the decision is not his to make.

The Argentina international has been named replacement for Neymar at Camp Nou, should the Brazilian join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The 23-year-old Dybala joined the club from Turin in 2015 and has impressed with his performance ever since. He has won the Scudetto twice and assisted the team in reaching the Champions League final last season.

Speaking to the club’s website, the Argentine said:Higuain happy to be reunited with Ronaldo at Juve George Patchias – Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo have been reunited at Juventus after playing at Real Madrid together six years ago, and Higuain is happy about…

“I’m happy here,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s website.

“I’m fine with Juventus, I’m going to train at my best to make it a gr上海夜生活eat season.

“If an offer comes in, the club will notify me and they’ll tell me if they want to accept or not. First it depends on the club and then on me.”

The player still has a contract with Allegri’s side until 2022. He scored 19 goals in 48 appearances for Juventus last season and is deemed one of the greatest talents in Europe.

Wenger expects professionalism from his players

The Frenchman does not think he faces a major problem at Arsenal, with a number of first-team players entering the final year of their contracts.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil are still to renew their contracts, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs are also entering the last 12 months of their deals.

“I think it is an ideal situation. When you are a football player you perform until the last days of your contract.” – Wenger said, following Arsenal’s 1-2 loss to Sevilla, according to Sky Sports.

“I think the performance on the day does not depend on the length of the contract, if that was true we would sign everyone for 20 years and be happy.”Arsenal urged to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly Andrew Smyth – Emmanuel Frimpong has urged Arsenal to target Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in order to finally solve their defensive woes.

The French manager also stated that more and more players will start seeing out their contracts in their respective clubs due to the transfer market situation.

“In the future, I think you will se上海夜生活网e more often players going to the end of their contracts,” Wenger said.

“Why? Because transfers are becoming so high even for normal players that you will see more players going to the end of their contracts because no-one is going to want to pay what is demanded.

I’m convinced in the next 10 years that will become usual.”