Jose Mourinho in cheeky swipe at Arsenal over Cesc Fabregas

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a cheeky swipe at Arsenal by claiming Cesc Fabregas opted to join Chelsea instead of return to his former club as he was ‘looking for titles’.The Spaniard, who captained the Gunners in an eight-year spell, left fans of the north London club heartbroken when he moved to Chelsea last summer after three years at Barcelona.Fabregas will return to the Emirates this Sunday for the first time since his departure in 2011 with Chelsea on the brink of Premier League title success.The Blues are 10 points clear of the Gunners and a win for the visitors this weekend would mean three more points would secure the title, points which could come next Wednesday at Leicester.And Mourinho, whose side have already won the League Cup this season, said the prospect of major success is what prompted Fabregas to move to Stamford Bridge.“I know why he chose Chelsea,” said the Portuguese. “I don’t know why he didn’t choose Arsenal.“I can’t speak about his time at Arsenal, the decision that made him leave, the decision that stopped him going back. I don’t know if it was the manager’s (Arsene Wenger’s) or if it was his decision. I really don’t know.“I just know that we promised him we’d build a team very adapted to his style of play. That he was going to be an important player in our project.“And that, normally, good projects always end with titles. He was looking for that. That’s all I can say.”Fabregas is bracing himself for a hostile reception from Arsenal fans, but Mourinho insists that would be underserved given the service he gave the club.The 27-year-old made more than 300 appearances for the Gunners, and the Blues boss said: “Frank Lampard played at Stamford Bridge (with Manchester City) without any kind of problem and with a good reception. I don’t see a reason for Fabregas not to have the same at the Emirates.“But, if he has some bad reactions, I think he’s one of the players who is more than ready.“He played in Barcelona with an Arsenal shirt. Why can’t he play at the Emirates with a Chelsea shirt? I don’t see a problem.”Fabregas and Diego Costa, who also joined last summer, have been key to Chelsea’s title charge, with the playmaker laying on assists for the striker.Costa could be fit for Sunday’s match and displace Didier Drogba in the starting XI, while Loic Remy (calf) is definitely out.“Didier for sure is good, is fine. Remy, not for sure. And Diego, let’s make a decision tomorrow,” Mourinho, said.Dominic Solanke is in reserve, having missed Chelsea’s under-21 team match on Thursday, and will be on the substitutes’ bench as back-up to Drogba if Costa is not fit. Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas 1last_img read more

‘Poor Michael Owen – he played in the wrong era and only has £50m in the bank!’

first_img Michael Owen has become a pundit since retiring in 2013 Michael Owen’s time as a pundit and co-commentator has been far from popular with the majority of viewers.The former Liverpool forward has been the butt of many jokes with calls for his removal from the commentary box coming after almost every game.One particular comment from Owen that riled social media users was his assertion that he was ‘born in the wrong era’ following reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants £600,000-a-week when he leaves Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.Owen was on approximately £110,000-a-week when Newcastle were relegated as well as playing for some of the world’s richest clubs in Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid.His net worth just reportedly just shy of £50m, which caused many Twitter users to call out Owen on his comments.See the best reaction to ex-England striker’s latest commentary gaff! 1last_img read more

Irish Mackerel Quota for 2017 increased by over 10,500 Tonnes

first_imgFine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD said; “I welcome today’s news from Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD of the positive outcome for Irish Fishermen at the international fisheries negotiations which concluded today at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, where the new mackerel quota for Irish fishermen for 2017 will be 86,429 tonnes – an increase of over 10,500 tonnes from 2016.”The negotiations, between the European Union, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland were focused on the management of the €1billion annual mackerel fishery in the North East Atlantic.Minister Creed speaking following today’s news, “Mackerel is our most valuable fishery and allied to the fact that we are the second largest EU quota holder these negotiations are of crucial importance to the Irish fishing industry. In that context, I very much welcome the outcome of the international mackerel negotiations today, hosted by Ireland, in which Irish fishermen will now have over 10,500 tonnes more in 2017. This is worth over €10million directly to our catching sector with further value to be added by our mackerel processing factories in Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Cork”. The quotas agreed for 2017 are consistent with the Long term Management Strategy agreed by the parties last year to provide sustainability and stability in this hugely valuable fishery in line with the scientific advice.Minister Joe McHugh TD, “I wish to congratulate all the members involved in the discussions, in particular, Sean O’Donoghue of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Patrick Murphy of the Irish South & West Fishermen’s Organisation and Francis O’Donnell of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation, all of whom Minister Creed has described as being” very helpful to the Irish negotiating team” throughout the consultation period.“Today’s news will result in further support for the seafood sector, which will see an increase in quotas and stability for the fishing sector in the coming years. This is a very positive deal for our fishing sector, which will see huge benefits in our coastal counties, such as Donegal. “Irish Mackerel Quota for 2017 increased by over 10,500 Tonnes was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more