Douglas Costa hints at future Premier League move

first_imgJuventus forward Douglas Costa has hinted at a future move to the Premier League, with Manchester United currently being linked with an approach for the Brazilian.Questions have been asked of the 28-year-old’s future in Turin amid a lack of regular game time and another change in the dugout.Under Massimiliano Allegri in 2018-19, Costa was given just 10 Serie A starts as the Bianconeri swept to an eighth successive title triumph. 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? A new man has now arrived at the helm, with Maurizio Sarri having inherited the coaching reins.Costa could come back into favour under a new boss, but continues to spark exit talk with the summer transfer window open.Old Trafford has been mooted as a potential landing spot and a switch to England does hold some appeal to a proven South American star.He told the Express when quizzed on whether he could see himself in the Premier League: “Maybe one day.“But I don’t think I will leave now.”Paulo Dybala Douglas Costa JuventusCosta is currently tied to a long-term contract with Juve and has no intention of breaking that agreement in 2019.He added: “I have three more years at Juventus.“Right now I do not have any option to get out of Juventus. We have a new coach and I look forward to working with him.”Sarri has suggested that he will find a role for Costa within his plans.The former Napoli and Chelsea boss is currently in the process of assessing those at his disposal, but believes there will be regular minutes for those considered to boast match-winning talent.Sarri told reporters at his official unveiling: “When you have a player with the qualities of Paulo [Dybala] or Cristiano [Ronaldo], they can play in any role.“What can change is only the interpretation of the role.“I’ll probably talk to two or three players before the start of the season to share ideas, compare and understand the way they think and their characteristics.“You have to start with the talented players who can make the difference like Cristiano, Paulo and Douglas, and build around them.”last_img read more

New 15 million loan from UN agency to assist rural Venezuelans

Poor farmers and wage-workers living in semi-arid rural areas of Venezuela will benefit from a water-management project agreed upon today between the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is lending $15 million and the Government of the country, which is contributing another $3 million.“The Project will support IFAD’s efforts to achieve the Millenium Development Goals of halving, by 2015, the number of people living in poverty and extreme poverty,” said Jean-Jacques Gariglio, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager for Venezuela, referring to the Goals agreed upon at the 2000 World Summit. “By supporting economic development and better management of natural resources we can help the rural poor to generate more income and improve their livelihoods,” he added.Project funds will be used for the rehabilitation and conservation of watersheds, and for training and education to provide a better understanding of the importance of existing natural resources, according to IFAD. The project will also support soil and water conservation measures, development of a sustainable water supply for drinking and agricultural production as well as a more efficient use of semi-arid rangelands for goat-raising. In addition, the project will assist small entrepreneurs, rural youth and groups of small farmers through training and capacity-building to better enable them to negotiate their demands within state, municipal, and local development programmes.Approximately 50,000 rural households in the Falcon and Lara states will benefit from the new project, which will have a total of $23 million in funds available, augmented by an additional $4 million from the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) as well as $1 million from beneficiaries. With its loan, IFAD will have financed five projects in Venezuela for a total of US$67 million. read more