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

Chinabuilt railway in southern Sri Lanka starts tracklaying

The project, funded by the EXIM Bank of China on a concessional loan, is being constructed by China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) in consultation with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau.Vice President of CMC Zhao Jun said the railway extension project, which was under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, is a key project closely related to the development of Sri Lanka, since in future the railway will connect many industrial areas in the south of the country. (Courtesy Xinhua) The track-laying commencement of the first phase of the China-built Matara-Kataragama railway extension project has been held in Matara in southern Sri Lanka.The first phase of the project includes constructing a railway service from Matara to Beliatta, in the south of the island country. “Successive governments in the past have tried to implement this project. Due to the assistance of the Chinese government and the Chinese company, this project will soon be a reality,” the minister added.The Matara-Kataragama railway project is the first new railway line constructed in Sri Lanka since the island country gained independence in 1948. Sri Lankan State Minister for State Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said during the ceremony on Friday that the Sri Lankan government was hoping to finish the first phase of the railway project in the coming months, which will benefit the public and tourists. “On behalf of the president and the Sri Lankan government, I would like to thank the Chinese government for this historic event. The extension is a historic development which will hugely benefit the public transport sector as well as the country’s tourism sector,” Abeywardena said. read more