“I’m just happy to be finally here. “I spoke to (AC Milan’s Holland international) Nigel De Jong and he told me very good things about this club.” Van Ginkel moved to Chelsea from Vitesse last summer but missed most of the 2013-14 campaign with a knee injury. The 21-year-old is hoping to earn a regular spot in Filippo Inzaghi’s side, who will not compete in Europe this season. “I am a midfielder that defends but is also is able to score goals,” Van Ginkel said. “I can play in many positions in midfield. “I want to have more playing time and this is my aim this season. “I believe at Milan I will have the opportunity to play more games, in what is a big competition, with many strong teams. “I have not spoken to Mr Inzaghi yet but I’ve spoken to Fernando Torres this week.” Van Ginkel completed a medical on Monday morning with the Italian outfit. “I am very happy to have arrived in Milan,” Van Ginkel said on www.acmilan.com. “A lot of Dutch players have played in this great club, big names. Spanish striker Torres joined Milan last week on a two-season loan from Chelsea. Milan still had time to complete another deal before the transfer window closed, announcing the arrival of Atalanta’s attacking midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura for a fee reportedly worth seven million euros. Milan said Bonaventura had signed until 2019. News of the move came after Milan said they had failed in a bid to land Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany in a swap deal involving defender Cristian Zaccardo, as the Milan player had rejected the switch. One player on his way out of the San Siro on Monday evening was Bryan Cristante – to Benfica, for a fee reported to be in the region of 6million euros. “Italian midfielder Bryan Cristante has joined Benfica,” a statement on www.slbenfica.pt read. “The player, 19, from AC Milan, will strengthen the senior team over the next five years.” Press Association New AC Milan signing Marco van Ginkel is thrilled to have moved to the San Siro on a season long-loan from Chelsea.
Press Association The 23-year-old, who earned his only previous cap against Wales in a much-depleted Carling Nations Cup side three years ago, has been rewarded for a strong start to the season with the Bees. Dallas has scored three times in seven appearances and will be part of a 27-man training group that manager Michael O’Neill will cut to 23 before leaving for Budapest and Sunday’s Group F clash. Northern Ireland have added Brentford winger Stuart Dallas to the preliminary squad for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Hungary.
Horschel was in a good position to win that tournament last week, before ending up in a share of second, but earned himself a modicum of redemption in Denver. The 27-year-old will now hope he can take some momentum into next week as he aims for the 10million US dollar (£6.1million) bonus that comes with wining the FedEx Cup. Horschel had three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, but came home in nine pars to hold off Watson who had six birdies and two bogeys. Morgan Hoffmann was a shot further back after following up Saturday’s 62 with a 63 to fire himself into the top 30 of the FedEx Cup rankings and earn himself a place in Atlanta next week. Ryan Palmer was the only other player who started the week outside of that group to muscle his way in and he finished with a 71 to sit two shots behind Hoffman alongside Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. Coming into the closing stages, it looked as if Garcia was going to be Horschel’s closest challenger after reaching the turn in 29 and picking up a further shot to stand on the 17th tee just two shots behind. But the Spaniard put his fourth shot from behind the green into the water and could not get up and down from the resulting drop to leave him with a triple-bogey eight. World number one Rory McIlroy, who heads to Atlanta fourth in the rankings, was a further shot back alongside Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth after shooting a 66. Keegan Bradley withdrew from the tournament on Saturday and saw himself drop out of the top 30 while defending champion Henrik Stenson did not do enough to get himself through to next week. Press Association Billy Horschel won his second PGA Tour event and catapulted himself into FedEx Cup contention with victory at the BMW Championship in Denver. Horschel finished with a steady round of 69 to leave him 14 under for the week and two shots clear of Bubba Watson who recorded a third consecutive round of 66. The American is now second in the FedEx Cup rankings going into next week’s Tour Championship with Chris Kirk, winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship last week, leading the way.
Press Association The Genoa outfit, which sold top scorer Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli earlier this month, are desperately looking to reinforce their attacking line a fter negotiations aimed at signing Udinese forward Luis Muriel collapsed on Thursday. Samp met with Eto’o ‘s representative Claudio Vigorelli on Thursday morning and according to Italian TV station Mediaset, the Cameroon forward has agreed to join the club on a 18-month contract while he has reduced his wages by 40 percent in order to return to Serie A. The 33-year-old only joined Everton outfit five months ago from Chelsea. Eto’o has scored three goals in 14 league appearances this season and is under contract with the Toffees until June 2016. The former Chelsea and Barcelona forward was an unused substitute in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Saturday and was left out of the squad for the FA Cup third round at West Ham on Tuesday. Eto’o spent two seasons at Inter and was a member of the Nerazurri’s 2010 treble-winning side that won the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and Champions League under coach Jose Mourinho. Sampdoria are closing in on the signing of Everton striker Samuel Eto’o, according to reports in Italy.
Jose Mourinho rounded on Chelsea’s detractors on Friday as he refused to dwell on the Champions League exit and the accompanying criticism. Press Association The Portuguese’s faith in his squad remains and he insisted all of his players want to play against Southampton. John Obi Mikel (knee) remains out. He added: “My (team) doctor told me, after the game, maybe tomorrow we’ll have a few injuries. Why? ‘Because we lost, because people are sad’. “I told the doctor ‘I don’t believe (that)’. (We have) zero injuries. “Everybody wants to play. Not like some journalists, when they write bulls*** and then, the next press conference, they don’t come. My players don’t do that. They want to play.” Much of the criticism of Chelsea, whose 2-2 draw, 3-3 on aggregate, saw them exit on the away goals, centred on the response to the tackle which saw PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off. Nine Blues players surrounded Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, with Souness branding the incident “pathetic” and his fellow former Liverpool player Carragher saying it was “disgraceful”. “Memories are getting shorter,” said Mourinho, who refused to respond to Ibrahimovic calling Chelsea players “babies”. “Jamie stopped playing a couple of years ago and in two years he forgot everything on the pitch.” On Souness, who was manager at Benfica prior to Mourinho, the Blues boss said: “I know a lot about him.” He then kept his counsel. Even in relation to his players’ conduct, Mourinho accentuated the positive, pointing out Chelsea have been fined only once – £30,000 following the match with Everton last month – for such an offence this season. “If they surround the referee, we are charged, we have to pay a fine,” the Portuguese said. “If we do that the players play the fine. We were charged once.” December’s first fixture with Southampton was controversial, with Mourinho fined £25,000 for saying there was a “clear campaign” against his side after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and instead booked for diving. The suspensions of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic – for treading on Emre Can of Liverpool and pushing Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, respectively – only served to heighten Mourinho’s sense of injustice. “We move on,” Mourinho said. “The referee (on Sunday, Mike Dean) is a good one.” Mourinho, who refused to reveal the content of Thursday’s post-PSG debrief with his squad, insisted they have moved on. Mourinho said: “Maybe it’s a unique case to be out without a single defeat. We played eight matches, lost zero, but we were not good enough so we are out. “We spoke in that moment about our future: to try and win the Premier League. “If we do that, a season with a Premier League and a Capital One Cup is a brilliant season. “We cannot promise that win every game, we cannot even promise that we win the Premier League, but we are optimistic. “You have to be optimistic to succeed. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself. Be positive.” He took a swipe at the fickle nature of the media – those who earlier in the season predicted a Chelsea quadruple, but are now critical – and television pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness, in particular. In a clearly rehearsed line, Mourinho said: “Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man. “Our situation is good. It’s better than anybody else’s. Everyone would love to be in our position. “Chelsea are top of the league since day one. Chelsea are not playing now at the same level we were playing for many months, but for many months we played better than anyone. “You (the media) go with the wind. In that moment the wind was in one direction where you were all saying Chelsea were a candidate to win the Champions League. “You were saying Chelsea had conditions to win every competition. “We cannot play fantastic all season. We had our lowest point in terms of performance in a moment where we couldn’t have it. “The people that lost, who were out of the Champions League last Wednesday, are the same people who have been top of the Premier League since day one, the same people who won the Capital One Cup, are the same people who are going to win the Premier League.” The Blues, who exited the last-16 to Paris St Germain on away goals on Wednesday, are five points clear of Manchester City with a game in hand in their bid for a first Premier League title in five years. Mourinho’s men have 11 games to play, beginning with Sunday’s match at home to Southampton, and the Blues boss stressed he was an optimist looking to the future.
“I don’t know what the club’s idea will be,” Cech told the website of Czech newspaper Idnes. “It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo. “But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this. “There always will be speculation. I leave it for the summer. “It will be important to sit down with the club and with the manager to consider all the pros and cons. We will see what will work out the best.” Cech has been linked with a host of clubs, including Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and Arsenal. Mourinho earlier this month insisted he would not stand in Cech’s way should he wish to leave at the end of the season. But Cech’s status means a big fee will be required to prise him from Stamford Bridge as his contract does not expire until the end of next season. “I don’t waste my time trying to persuade him, because I know nobody can persuade him,” Mourinho said. “If he tells me he wants to leave, I will tell him my opinion and my opinion is one of the three best goalkeepers in the world. Huge money.” Petr Cech has no intention of remaining as Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper and will make a decision on his future this summer. After a decade as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper, the 32-year-old Czech Republic international has been displaced as number one by Thibaut Courtois this season. Cech has made four Premier League starts to Courtois’ 25 this term, but did play in the Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham at Wembley earlier this month in what could be interpreted as a show of thanks from manager Jose Mourinho. Press Association
“It’s maybe not always the amount of players that come, but I think that every top club in the world will be looking to add maybe two or three quality players to make the team just that little bit stronger, and if you don’t do it, then you are exposed to other teams becoming stronger. “It’s just nothing more than usual for us in the transfer window, and I’m hoping and confident that we will make the right signings. “I’m not too much into the specifics, but there are not so many top players and there are a few clubs who will probably be after the same players. “I think we have an attractive proposition here – we obviously have the facilities, we have the increased capacity of the stadium and everything we want to achieve in the future. But some clubs have got the history. “Players choose different things at times. You just can’t guess.” Many had expected City to be starting the new season without midfielder Yaya Toure, who had seemed set on a move away this summer. But after talks with the club hierarchy, the Ivory Coast international reaffirmed his commitment to City and on Tuesday he outlined his hopes for the new campaign. “I’m just really looking forward to next season and it feels great to be back,” he said on the club’s website. “I’m going to work as hard as I can in pre-season and we’re already looking forward to playing in front of our own fans again in six weeks or so.” The 32-year-old added: “I’m not the biggest fan of pre-season if I’m honest, but we all know we have to prepare well and eat properly so we’re good to go at the start of the season. “As for predictions, I don’t want to say we’ll do this or that – just that we have our targets and we want to make the fans and this club proud. Last season was disappointing by our own standards because we know we could have done better. “We are looking forward to welcoming some new players as well which will strengthen the team and together we want to achieve something really big this year. We are looking forward to bouncing back very strongly.” The Blues enjoyed a relative stroll to glory as they finished eight points ahead of nearest rivals City at the top of the table. As they returned for pre-season on Tuesday, Kompany and his team-mates had not forgotten the ease with which Chelsea de-throned them, and work to ensure there is no repeat this time around is now starting in earnest. The Belgium international told Sky Sports: “It was a disappointment for City, it was a disappointment for every single player at the club. “Obviously Kun [Sergio Aguero] and Joe Hart got some rewards, which still gave us a good feeling as well, but it shows what the club wants to achieve because we finished second, so there’s a lot of other clubs behind us still. “But Chelsea kind of ran away with it and it was too early, too easy, and we can’t afford that any more this season. “We have been competitive for the past four or five years now, so that won’t change. But we lost the league last year – and it happens. You can’t win every single year, the same as Chelsea two years ago – they didn’t win the league, we did. “But you want it to be a tight race and whenever we won it, it was always a tight race, so we’d like to be in there at least to the end, and if we have a really good season, we can maybe change the roles a little bit and just get to the end in a confident manner.” With the summer transfer market now in full swing, City, like their competitors, will be hoping to make key additions to strengthen a squad already packed with talent. They have been persistently linked with Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, Juventus star Paul Pogba and Wolfsburg’s Kevin de Bruyne among others, and while Kompany is confident they will reinforce Manuel Pellegrini’s armoury, he knows competition will be stiff. Asked about the transfer market, he said: “It’s the key to the success of any top club. Press Association Skipper Vincent Kompany has admitted Manchester City made it too easy for Chelsea to claim the Barclays Premier League title last season.
Mourinho has been linked with the Manchester United manager’s job over the last week following his dismissal as Chelsea boss. Van Gaal is under increasing pressure after United embarked upon a six-match winless run that has also seen them exit the Champions League. Press Association Some fans clearly want Mourinho to replace Van Gaal, however. Cries of Mourinho’s name could be heard around Old Trafford on Saturday and U nited were booed off the pitch following their third straight defeat, which left them in fifth position. Three weeks ago, senior United figures insisted Van Gaal had the board’s full support, but after a run of six matches without a win, they have now fallen quiet. It is understood the United board were disappointed in particular at Van Gaal’s failure to lead the team through what was viewed as a relatively easy Champions League group containing PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. And a second straight defeat in the league means United head into the busy Christmas schedule outside the Barclays Premier League’s top four. Although United could stomach another year out of the Champions League in a financial sense, the damage to the club’s standing in the game would be hit if they were not in Europe’s top club competition next season. And with Mourinho available and willing to take the job, there has been a flood of speculation linking the two-time Champions League winner with United. United will also be aware Pep Guardiola is available in the summer, although he is rumoured to be ready to move to Manchester City instead following his stint with Bayern Munich. United travel to Stoke on Boxing Day before hosting Chelsea on December 28. Louis van Gaal will face the media today for the first time since speculation began claiming that he is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is understood to be ready to take the top job at United should the board decide to sack Van Gaal, who is halfway through his three-year contract. The Portuguese’s agent Jorge Mendes, speaking to Globo Esporte on Tuesday night, denied a deal had been struck between his client and the United board. Mendes insisted an “official proposal” had not been tabled by United, but the super agent did not exactly pour cold water on claims the former Chelsea manager is set for the hot seat at Old Trafford. “There is nothing,” Mendes said. “We don’t know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn’t an official proposal either – that’s not true.” Van Gaal, who worked with Mourinho at Barcelona, is expected to receive questions on the Portuguese and his own job security at his weekly press conference in Carrington at 1530 today. Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Norwich last Saturday, Van Gaal insisted he had the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his own players. ”Ed was very fast out of the dressing room but I feel that support, yes,” the 64-year-old said. ”The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the manager and his staff is very important.”
The Boca Raton Police department is currently investigating the death of a man who was initially found unresponsive at a local nursing home.The incident occurred at ManorCare Health Services Nursing Home on West Yamato Road around 6:30 am.According to the report, the patient was found by staff members on the floor of his room next to his bed.ManorCare staff performed CPR on the man as they waited for emergency personnel to arrive, however, the patient was pronounced dead after he was taken to the hospital.Staff members at the nursing home reported that the man who resides in the facility reserved for dementia patients, was last seen wandering the halls around 4:30 am. He was then brought back to his room where he was found unresponsive hours later.The Palm Beach County medical examiner along with the Boca Raton Police department is continuing to investigate the death which is being called suspicious.
A Florida mother wants her son’s teacher reprimanded the way the high school student’s paper was graded.The Panama City teacher reportedly wrote “WTF is this, absolutely no credit” on the boy’s science homework instead of simply giving him an F.Melinda Smith told a local news station that she found the teacher’s choice of words “inappropriate” and “unacceptable.”Rutherford High School principal Coy Pilson says administrators “are taking the necessary steps to deal with the incident.”Pilson also said the teacher has since apologized.It is unclear at this time whether the unidentified teacher will face any disciplinary action.