Kovac ‘very confident’ Sane will join Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac says he remains confident a deal can be done to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.The 23-year-old has long been associated with a move to the Bavarian giants from the Premier League champions, with Bayern looking to replace legendary widemen Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben who both left the club at the end of last season after long spells filled with trophies.Kovac has described Sane as Bayern’s ‘dream player’, while club icon Lotthar Matthaus says he could be the new face of the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kovac issued an update on their hunt for the player on Sunday and said the whole club was focused on getting a deal over the line.“Our club management is very committed behind it and I’m very confident,” the 47-year-old coach told ZDF in Germany. “I assume that we can get it.“Leroy is a great footballer who has proved that in England and with the national team.”The proposed move is one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer, and at one point seemed to be totally dead.Bayern president Uli Hoeness described City’s valuation of the player as “insane” in June, but Kovac’s words on Sunday indicate the hierarchy is still working to find a fee that works for both parties.City boss Pep Guardiola has been unequivocal that he wants the Germany international to remain at the Etihad Stadium, next year and in the future.Sane contributed 10 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League last term as the club swept to their second straight title. However, he seemed to fall out of favour at the end of the season, missing out on some big games in the run-in.Despite that, Guardiola said he wanted to retain a winger that fits his system and offers ‘special qualities’, but that if the player wanted to leave he couldn’t stand in his way.City have offered Sane a contract extension, but he has not signed it yet.His current boss said he would be ‘sad’ if the player left after the speedster starred in a pre-season victory over Kitchee on July 24.last_img read more

Korean War veterans had to wait for hours to march past the

first_imgThe Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on Sunday A soldier looks out over poppy wreaths laid at the Cenotaph memorial during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service in Whitehall, central London “There will be instances where younger veterans are not as able bodied as older veterans, however regardless of participant’s age we will work with the associations on any concerns they may have and do what we can, given the nature of the event, to accommodate these.”The Telegraph  disclosed on Monday how a breakdown of the 8,531 people who were allowed to march past the Cenotaph found that nearly a fifth – 1,488 – were handed to “non ex-service groups”.These included 48 people from Transport for London – which runs buses and trains on the capital’s network – 18 from the Blue Cross animal welfare charity and 10 from the Equity actors’ union. A spokesman for the Legion said that the columns at the back of the march “remain on Horse Guards Parade longer where they have access to refreshments, toilet facilities and covered seating. We have ample stock of wheelchairs and blankets available for use if required.“This year march-past participants started arriving on site at 9.00 and the latest arrivals were with us by 10.30. Accrediting 8,500 people does take some time however we aim to make the process as efficient as possible.”Asked why younger people were allowed to march ahead of the Korean veterans, she added: “The associations themselves decide who will attend the march-past and therefore the age of the participants. In a letter to Terry Whittles, the chairman of the British Legion, Mr Painter, a trustee of the British Korean War Veterans Association (BKWVA), said: “You will note from the many, many emails and correspondence between your events team, my colleagues and me of the problems in us attending this year’s parade.“Putting to one side the difference of who could attend, I find it difficult to contain my anger at the shabby, of- hand treatment meted out to us on the actual parade. “Think what image this portrayed to our guest the Korean Air Attaché who paraded with us. “Despite my many calls and emails explaining the veterans were aged [from] 82 [to] 89 and suffering with age-related medical problems it was vital we be placed in column A in order to not prolong their real discomfort.”“However, to my utter dismay we were placed almost at the rear of the whole parade in column F and not marching till 12.45 (check the BBC broadcast) after attending at 9am at Horse Guards Parade as requested.“I explained and requested many times to your events team that due to our rapidly diminishing numbers and problems this could well be our last parade.“Therefore was it so unreasonable for an early allotted parade order to be taken into consideration? The Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on SundayCredit: Sang Tan/ Sang Tan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Beterans who fought in the Korean War were forced to wait for hours at the back of the march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday on “what could be their last parade”.The group of ex-soldiers, who are now in their eighties, have formally complained to Royal British Legion, which organises the annual commemoration in Whitehall about their “shabby” treatment.Grant Shapps, a Conservative MP and former minister, said the treatment of the veterans was “upsetting” and called for a review ahead of next year’s march-past. Veterans lay wreaths to mark Armistice day by the cenotaph in Croydon, London Veterans lay wreaths to mark Armistice day by the cenotaph in Croydon, LondonCredit:Charlotte Ball/Charlotte Ball A soldier looks out over poppy wreaths laid at the Cenotaph memorial during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service in Whitehall, central LondonCredit: Dominic Lipinski/ Dominic Lipinski “Given that many members of the BKWVA  are poppy day collectors and that our colleague Korean Veteran Bill Speakman VC is reputed to have been responsible for £1 million in donations, this simple correspondence cannot begin to convey our anger at this treatment, which with a little organisation and consideration could easily have been avoided.”Mr Shapps, who is Mr Painter’s MP, told The Telegraph: “Properly commemorating those brave individuals who have served this country is a matter of pride and respect.“It is therefore upsetting to hear that a constituent of mine was amongst other Korean war veterans placed at the back of the queue whilst younger and fitter non-service personnel were apparently given priority.“I am calling on the organisers of this most important national annual commemoration to think again for next year about how they can better honour those who have put their own lives on the line for this country.” A spokesman for the Legion defended its organisation of the march, saying “we have ample stock of wheelchairs and blankets available for use if required” for veterans who had to wait in line.The  news comes after it emerged that representatives from the actors’ union, animal charities and travellers’ society were given places in this year’s the march past the Cenotaph while family members of servicemen had to watch.Roy Painter, who was signalman in the war between 1952 and 1953, said the group had to march behind far younger and fitter people. He was able to survive on the march with the help of a flask of Jack Daniels.last_img read more