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Mourinho appears to rule out Newcastle interest

first_imgJose Mourinho has appeared to quash any chance of him taking up the vacant Newcastle United job by saying he needs to be at a club that wants to win something.Newcastle have been thrown into disarray by the departure of much-loved manager Rafael Benitez with the likes of Mourinho, Mikel Arteta, Sean Dyche and Garry Monk linked with the job.Mourinho has been out of management since being sacked by Manchester United midway through last season, but it seems he is ready to step back into a role. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “The only thing that I know is what I don’t want,” Mourinho told  The Coaches’ Voice . “I am quite pathological in the sense of I have to play to win. “Then, if I don’t win, then that’s my problem and the players and the club and the structure but I need a project where the feeling is I play to win.“If somebody gives me a wonderful 10-year contract and the objective of the team is to stay in the first half of the table and, if you finish seventh, eighth or ninth, it’s perfect, then that’s not for me.“That’s my nature. My next [goal] is to fight to win.”Given owner Mike Ashley’s history of underinvestment at the club , it seems unlikely that Newcastle would suit Mourinho’s ambitious nature.Benitez’s grudging exit from St James’ Park was reportedly heavily influenced by Ashley’s inability to make assurances over spending in the transfer window, with his replacement likely having to operate on a restricted budget.The January signing of Miguel Almiron for a club-record £20 million ($25.3m) had some long-suffering fans allowing themselves to believe times were changing, but it seems like yet another false dawn for the club.Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed’s proposed takeover is still up in the air, but Benitez’s exit has led to speculation that Ashley has once again decided against selling up.Mourinho, meanwhile, has now been out of work for over six months, though he has recently suggested he may take his first steps into international management.Despite 25 major honours to his name, the 56-year-old is not the star name he once was following his mixed period in charge at Old Trafford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mahinda hopes ties with China remains strong

“In recent years, bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and China have grown even stronger. During my visit to China in 2013, our two countries agreed to elevate our relationship to one of strategic cooperation, which I’m sure will bring benefits to both our peoples. The visit by President Xi last year was historical since he was the first Chinese President to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years,” he said.. Rajapaksa said that as China celebrates its founding day it is his sincere wish that the links between both countries and peoples remain strong in the years to come. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he hopes the links between China and Sri Lanka remain strong in the years to come.In a statement released today to mark China’s founding day, Rajapaksa recalled that Sri Lanka and China have shared strong and extremely friendly relations for many centuries. He said that China’s contributions to Sri Lanka’s development have been evident throughout time adding that not only recent projects but older ones such as the Supreme Court Complex and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) have contributed immensely. read more