Toure stresses City commitment

first_img Dimitry Seluk claimed the influential midfielder could leave the Barclays Premier League champions this summer because he felt he had been treated disrespectfully. One of his chief complaints was that no one from the club wished Toure happy birthday when he turned 31 during last week’s post-season trip to Abu Dhabi. That grievance was soon exposed as untrue and Toure has now joked about it before dismissing any suggestion he wants to leave. The Ivory Coast international tweeted: “Thanks for all the birthday messages today. Card from City just arrived… Must have got lost in the post. Haha. “Jokes aside. Please do not take words that do not come out of MY mouth seriously. Judge my commitment to @MCFC by my performances.” Toure’s comments should put an end to the latest speculation sparked by his representative, who does have history in this regard. In each of the past two years he threatened his client’s exit in strong terms. Last year he demanded that a new contract be agreed by a certain deadline only for that to pass and Toure, with little apparent complaint, to sign a new four-year deal a month later. He also made similar claims during Toure’s spell at Barcelona. Toure’s tweets were also timely as the story was threatening to grow out of control via the electronic media, with both player and agent coming in for ridicule. Press Association Seluk initially said Toure was “very upset” with the failure to even acknowledge his birthday hurtful. City did not respond but media soon picked up on a video published by the club last week, in which Toure was presented with a birthday cake, to unmask the claims. The club also tweeted a birthday message at the time. Seluk later attempted to clarify his remarks by insisting those measures did not go far enough. Seluk told BBC Sport: “None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It’s really sick you know. “He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos’s birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti. “I don’t expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said, ‘we congratulate you’. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together. “It is an important human relationship to shake hands and say ‘happy birthday’ but nobody did it to Yaya. It shows they don’t care about him. “I hear one newspaper has written that City congratulated him from Twitter but this is a joke.” Seluk had also said he was not trying to engineer talks over a new contract. He said: “He’s very upset and he started thinking of leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this. “It’s not a question of money or contract, believe me. He has everything he needs. For Yaya what is the most important thing is human relationships.” Toure was hugely influential during City’s latest title success and finished as their top scorer in the Barclays Premier League with 20. Yaya Toure has reinforced his commitment to Manchester City following a series of extraordinary claims from his agent.last_img read more

Mouse Morris’ Rogue Angel rallies for Kerry National glory at Listowel

first_imgRogue Angel staged a late rally to snatch the spoils in the Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase at Listowel. The Mouse Morris-trained seven-year-old had made most of the running but seemed destined for a place at best when Urano shot to the front between the last two fences. However, Ger Fox asked for one final effort from his willing mount and Rogue Angel (8-1) responded valiantly to collar Willie Mullins’ charge by a short head. “He ran a blinder the last day against Kylecrue and that was only over two and a half. “He wants further and loves this type of ground. In fairness, he put his head down. “I jumped him out smart and when he had his head in front he loved it. I was able to get breathers in and his jumping was brilliant and kept him in it all the way. “I hung on to him as long as I could. When push came to shove, he had plenty left the more he put his head down. “I’ve been with Noel Meade for the past two years and it was Noel that got me going and I’ve a lot to thank him for. I’m down to 3lb now and now things get harder, but it is great to win a race like this.” Lots Of Memories, who was backed down to 11-2 favouritism, suffered a fatal fall at the 12th fence when he brought down Owega Star, who also had to be put down. Morris was also responsible for third home Rule The World, with Mullins’ The Paparrazi Kid fourth. It proved a wise decision by Morris to run Rogue Angel again quickly after finishing second on Sunday. Morris said: “I honestly didn’t know (if he had won the photo-finish) but I presumed I was second! “Ger gave him a great ride and he jumped well today.” “He must have needed that bit of work on Sunday! He has always promised to win a big race but I wasn’t quite expecting it today. “The horse carried him (Ger Fox) the whole way today, but I thought Paul Townend’s horse (Urano) was doing hand stands and galloping all over them turning in, but my horse stays all day.” Fox said: “To win the Kerry National is unbelievable. It’s great for Mouse and for Gigginstown. It’s brilliant for my career. “It was just great to get a ride in the race. Press Associationlast_img read more

Hancock County golf courses back in business

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Hancock County golf courses spend every spring at the mercy of the weather. This year, they’ve been at the mercy of a pandemic as well.Whereas social distancing guidelines haven’t stopped Mainers from engaging in many outdoor activities throughout the early spring, golfers have spent much of the season unable to do so. With the sport designated as a nonessential service, golf courses throughout Maine were closed from April 2-30 following Governor Janet Mills’ initial stay-at-home order.Since Friday, though, Maine’s golf courses have been free to reopen as the state enters the first phase of the reopening process Governor Mills announced last Tuesday. The impact of a lost month has varied from golf course to golf course, but as they get back to business with restrictions, they’re looking to take advantage as golfers get ready to hit the greens.“Our phones have been ringing ever since the announcement was made,” said Pieter DeVos, club professional at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor. “There’s a lot of excitement about the season; people are ready to go out there and be able to play.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAs of Friday, golf courses in Maine may open as long as they adhere to certain guidelines aimed at keeping players from possibly spreading the novel coronavirus. Groups are restricted to a maximum of four people and must begin play at least 12 minutes apart, and common amenities such as pro shops, clubhouses and driving ranges must remain closed. Players must remain in their cars until 10 minutes prior to tee time.There are also changes to the environment on the course; cups must be modified so as not to allow balls to drop to the bottom, and carts are restricted to one rider per vehicle. Yet as was evident on tee boxes and greens across the country over the weekend, those added restrictions are doing little to keep away enthusiastic golfers.“We made almost $3,000 today.” Bucksport Golf Club General Manager Mikka Pelletier said shortly after her course closed for the day Saturday. “Only two people in all day yesterday because of the rain, but the great weather today was a blessing. People are ready to golf.”A golfer attempts a long putt during a round of play May 4 at Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor. Courses were closed from April 2-30 after Governor Janet Mills’ initial stay-at-home declaration designated golf as a nonessential activity. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY SARAH HINCKLEYWhereas some golf courses in southern Maine lost out on significant revenue with all but one day of April a wash, courses in the eastern and northern parts of the state don’t often receive as much use in the early spring. Between cold temperatures and precipitation in the form of heavy rain or even snow, chances for April golf aren’t always available locally.Such is the case at Kebo, where DeVos said the 29-day moratorium made a “minimal impact” in terms of revenue. It’s also true for Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor, which has used the green light to reopen as an opportunity to begin the golf season well ahead of schedule.“In a typical year, we don’t open until sometime around Memorial Day,” said Grindstone Neck Superintendent Kevin Conley, whose course opened Tuesday. “I’m not going to say it hasn’t affected us, but we’re not open in April in a normal year anyways. It’s still quiet here.”At Bucksport, though, the loss of revenue was a notable one. Pelletier said the course lost around $40,000-$50,000 as a result of not being able to conduct business during the month of April, and even with the course open now, not being able to open the clubhouse stands to deliver another business blow.“That’s a big part of our business, and not having it is really hurting us now,” Pelletier said. “It’s a bit frustrating to me because people can go to Walmart while we can’t keep the clubhouse open. If they can do that, why shouldn’t they be able to support their local businesses?”Golfers are also not permitted to play at courses outside of their home counties unless they have memberships to said courses. Nonresidents are prohibited from playing on any Maine courses at all until Governor Mills’ 14-day quarantine mandate for residents of other states is lifted.The nonresident distinction is a challenge throughout Hancock County. Many golf courses see a boost in business as tourists and returning summer residents arrive, but as American society faces a pandemic, this year is going to be different.“We’re definitely worried about what the summer might look like,” Conley said. “Summer residents and tourists drive a lot of the revenue for our course. Any change in that is going to impact us in a big way.”Some golfers had previously expressed frustration that their sport was one of the few outdoor-oriented activities not deemed essential. Prior to the first phase of Maine’s reopening process, the state was one of just 12 nationally not permitting courses to open within its borders.Nevertheless, as news of the reopening plan began circulating two weeks ago, golf aficionados were hopeful a chance to resume playing was just around the corner. Even if life on the course looks a bit different, it’s no less of a welcome reprieve for many.“It’s going to be a good time for everybody to still be able to go and do something they really enjoy, and with all these states playing, we were hopeful we would be, too,” DeVos said. “We were all optimistic [the Governor] would feel the same, and she did.” Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Postscenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Virginia Tech looks to end streak vs BC

first_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, February 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBoston College (11-12, 5-7) vs. Virginia Tech (14-9, 5-7)Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Boston College looks to extend Virginia Tech’s conference losing streak to five games. Virginia Tech’s last ACC win came against the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-77 on Jan. 22. Boston College fell 63-55 at home to Duke in its last outing.center_img Virginia Tech looks to end streak vs BC SENIOR STUDS: Boston College’s Derryck Thornton, Jay Heath and Jared Hamilton have combined to account for 49 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 53 percent of all Eagles points over the last five games.DOMINANT DERRYCK: Thornton has connected on 24 percent of the 75 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also converted 76.2 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Hokies are 0-5 when they score 62 points or fewer and 14-4 when they exceed 62 points. The Eagles are 0-7 when allowing 74 or more points and 11-5 on the season, otherwise.WINNING WHEN: The Hokies are 13-0 when holding opponents to 43.4 percent or worse from the field, and 1-9 when opponents shoot better than that. The Eagles are 7-0 when they hold opponents to 60 points or fewer and 4-12 when opponents exceed 60 points.DID YOU KNOW: Virginia Tech has turned the ball over on just 14.9 percent of its possessions this season, which is the fourth-lowest rate among all Division I teams. The Hokies have turned the ball over only 9.8 times per game this season.___last_img read more

Men’s tennis wins three of four in Napa Valley Challenge

first_imgThe beginning of the individual season started off a bit rougher than last season ended, but the USC men’s tennis team made strides as the weekend progressed.The Trojans participated in the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Calif.Four USC players made the trip to participate in the 32-man draw, which consisted of 24 collegiate and eight USTA junior players.The Trojans finished off the weekend with three of four victories. Senior Jaak Poldma defeated Texas’ David Holiner 7-6 (3), 6-4. Freshman JT Sundling beat USTA junior MacKenzie McDonald in a three-set match. Daniel Nguyen won by default over Florida junior Nassim Slilam.Freshman Ray Sarmiento lost to Kentucky’s Eric Quigley in three sets.The Trojans showed improvements Saturday as Sundling defeated Kentucky’s Maks Gold 6-0, 6-2, and Poldma lost in a close third set tiebreak to Florida’s Sekou Bangoura.In the first day of competition, Sarmiento — in his first match as a Trojan — suffered a narrow defeat to conference foe, sophomore Carlos Cueto of California, who won 7-6(6), 7-6(4).“We were rusty the first day, not super sharp,” said associate head coach George Husack on Friday’s opening matches.Husack said the junior players seemed to be in better form throughout the weekend because many have been actively playing in tournaments over the summer, while collegiate players had a less strenuous summer following the NCAA tournament.“Not at the level that the team needs to be at,” Husack said of the team’s performances following the first two days of the tournament. “We can improve focus and execution on the court. This serves us notice; we will get back at work and get better.”Husack mentioned another factor that might have led to some early struggles, saying that their opponents went into the matches with some extra motivation to play the reigning NCAA champions.Still, as the season commences, optimism is apparent as the team is beginning to take shape.“We have a really exciting team this year,” Husack said. “I am excited to see how the team performs over the course of the season.”Players echoed the sentiments that they did not start off the weekend as expected, but said they felt good about getting back to competitive play on the courts.“Rough start on the first day, but we have been playing better,” Poldma said. “It’s been a good way to get back to playing tournaments and matches, and see where we need to improve.”Although the tournament ended without any Trojans advancing from round-robin play, the experience is only the beginning of the long road to the NCAA tournament in May.“Expectation-wise, you always want to perform well, but the results will not dictate how well we do at the NCAA’s,” Husack said.last_img read more

3rd-set errors plague Syracuse volleyball in 3-1 loss to Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Down 4-0 in the third set, Libero Belle Sand tried to continue to do what she had done through the first two sets — keep the ball from hitting the floor at all costs.As she dove for the ball and hit the ground, she deflected the ball in a punch-like motion and it skewed over the Syracuse bench, nearly into a basketball hoop surrounding the Women’s Building court.The Orange’s momentum from winning a back-and-forth second set had faded and SU had dug itself into a hole after allowing Duke to go on an extended run.Errors plagued Syracuse (6-16, 5-7 Atlantic Coast) for the majority of game against Duke (16-6, 10-2) as the Orange attempted to comeback. The issue came to a head in the third set when the Blue Devils took command of the game for good winning two unanswered sets.“Our hitters didn’t find better options in this situation,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU and Duke split the first two sets before the Orange’s flaws surfaced once again.Against Notre Dame on Oct. 7, Syracuse trailed 1-0 in sets. On the verge of winning the second set, it let the Fighting Irish go on a 4-0 run that turned the game in UND’s favor. Notre Dame won the set and the game.Following Duke’s 5-0 run to start the third set on Sunday, Syracuse went on a 4-0 run of its own. The set went back and forth until SU crumbled.Outside hitter Santita Ebangwese felt the energy of her team changing and saw the Blue Devils taking control.“We were getting kinda frantic in some spots,” Ebangwese said, “and their team, they were a little more disciplined than us.”With Syracuse up three, 20-17, a kill by Duke’s Jessi Bartholomew began the start of a 7-0 run. In a matter of minutes, Syracuse trailed 24-20 and lost the set, 25-21.In that 7-0 run, the trio of Bartholomew, Leah Meyer and Samantha Amos blocked Syracuse four times in a row.“It was open play,” Yelin said. “They know who our setter gonna set (to). They were able to surround with (a) double block … and we didn’t cover.”Following the lost set, Syracuse started the fourth and final set similar to the second set. The teams went back and forth again, until Duke pulled away with a late 4-0 run. The Blue Devils won the set, 25-21.Yelin said his team couldn’t adjust to the tempo that Duke began setting following its third-set win.The failure to adjust led not only to getting blocked, but also bad passes, botched coverage and rushed hits that failed to execute.“They did a pretty good job to control ball, make right decision,” Yelin said. “That double hurts us when somebody doing good decision and you not.”Yelin said Duke played nearly flawless in the third and fourth sets.Syracuse’s inability to play mistake-free in tight sets or at the end of sets has hurt the team the whole season and once again represented what it takes to win in the ACC.“We just played a more disciplined team,” Ebangwese said. “The mistakes we made on Friday (against Wake Forest) we couldn’t make and we did … They realized this and they usually got the point.” Comments Published on October 30, 2016 at 7:48 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edulast_img read more

Behind Bradley Voigt’s success is a summer of box lacrosse

first_img Comments Published on March 7, 2019 at 10:46 am Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Before he had a chance to even practice, Bradley Voigt checked into his first box lacrosse game. Playing for the Six Nations Arrows, a junior lacrosse team, in the summer of 2017, Voigt’s indoctrination to the sport’s physicality came almost instantly.“Right from the beginning you go out into the field and take about 10 whacks you would never take (in field lacrosse),” Voigt said.On the invitation of then-teammate Brendan Bomberry, Voigt spent the break playing box lacrosse on the Six Nations reservation in Ontario, Canada. He learned to thrive in the close quarters in front of the net. Now, with Bomberry gone atop the depth chart, Voigt has thrived as a target man for No. 13 Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast), scoring a team-high 10 goals, including six in a breakout performance against Albany.“Different shooting techniques, playing in tight spaces, a lot more physical — it’s elevated his game to where it is now,” Bomberry said of Voigt’s box lacrosse experience.Box lacrosse is played indoors on a turf field surrounded by hockey-style boards. The nets are smaller than field lacrosse nets and goalies wear hockey-style pads. There’s a 30-second shot clock, six players per team and no long poles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe sport is popular in Canada, where it was invented and has become a staple, especially for lacrosse players from the Six Nations. The summer league Voigt played in featured predominantly players with direct ties to Six Nations, he said.“It’s guys that have been playing that style their whole life,” Voigt said. “A lot of them don’t play college lacrosse. That’s how they play. And if they knew that you played Division I in the United States, they went out for you even more.”With the shortened possessions and limited space, box lacrosse moves faster than its field counterpart, even with the new addition of an 80-second shot clockin college. There’s no chance to cradle and read the next pass — with little space and time, a defender always bore down.The physicality was new to Voigt. Playing with sturdier sticks and trapped in the smaller confines of a box lacrosse field — it’s as long as a normal field is wide (180 feet) — defenders had their way with attackers.In his first box game, Voigt shot once, he said. He spent more time on the ground than with the ball. When defenders took him down, there was no reprieve. He was clearly new to it.“There was a time where I got shoved down into the ground and the guy shoved my head into the ground a couple times,” Voigt said.Steadily, he adjusted to the speed and started to thrive. By the end of the summer, his game had transformed. But Voigt couldn’t immediately showcase his improved game at Syracuse. He came back to campus last year still a step below Bomberry on the depth chart. When Bomberry graduated, Voigt seized his spot.So far, he’s nabbed two assists in addition to his 10 scores. He starred in the two-man game, a staple of box lacrosse. With so few players on the field, a single dodger coming behind the net frees up the attack in front of the crease. Aside from seniorNate Solomon, Voigt has been the lone scorer to primarily operate in front of the cage.Syracuse utilized this look repeatedly against Albany. A midfielder or attack came around from the back of the cage or down the outside of the alley. When Voigt’s defender vacated, dodgers flipped passes inside to an open Voigt. All Voigt needed to do was wrist a shot past the goalie — who, unlike in box lacrosse, has no pads.Voigt’s teammates said his ability to drift away from a defender in front of the net is innate. He naturally understands where the space will be and how to position himself there. But once he gets the ball and the defense is bearing down, the box lacrosse kicks in.“It’s not the same at all,” Voigt said. “It’s just made it a little easier out there for me around the crease.”last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Khris Middleton returning to Bucks on 5-year, $178M contract

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Brook Lopez to sign 4-year, $52M deal with Bucks Kevin Durant free agency: Star signing with Nets weeks after potential career-changing injury After Khris Middleton’s All-Star campaign last season, the guard will stay in Milwaukee. According to an ESPN report, Middleton agreed to a five-year, $178 million deal with the Bucks on Sunday. He averaged a career-high in rebounds (6.0) and assists (4.3) and remained very efficient at putting the ball in the bucket, as he has shot better than 45% from the field, 38% from the 3-point line and 87% from the free-throw line in his career. Related News Kyrie Irving free agency news: Guard will join Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan on Nets Free agent Khris Middleton has agreed to a five-year, $178M deal to return to the Milwaukee Bucks, Excel Sports agent Mike Lindeman tells ESPN. Deal includes a player option.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Middleton was named to his first All-Star team last season despite taking a small step back in scoring (18.3 points per game vs. 20.1 in 2017-18) with Mike Budenholzer taking over the team. Middleton did decline his $13 million player option for next season, but had always planned on returning to the team, according to multiple reports.last_img read more

Wellington school board approves construction of new track which won’t be built until 2017

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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Sportsfan · 207 weeks ago I wish there was a way to put it at the football stadium. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down Alex · 207 weeks ago Will this update include remodeling the bathrooms at the track? Is quite embarrassing to have people from other towns refuse to use them due to the horrible condition they’re in. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 206 weeks ago Why aren’t they putting it at the football field like sportsfan said lol great facilities there. I do understand there are other events that are setup at the other track but its a small walk? Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down IronDukes · 206 weeks ago There is not enough room around the football field to put a track. Also, not having a track around the field creates a better football atmosphere, in my opinion. Report Reply 1 reply · active 206 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down james day · 206 weeks ago I agree, but they need to spend some money on new bathrooms Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments This will be the surface of the new Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At a special meeting held this week, the Wellington school board approved the construction of a new track. But the construction of the track at the middle school won’t start until June 1, 2017.The Wellington board approved the recommendation of assistant superintendent Brad Morris to rebuild the current dilapidated track from the ground up for a cumulative $484,400. The asphalt track will cost $281,400 and the red shell topping will be for $103,000. Morris estimates it will take two months to complete and be ready around the first of August, 2017.In the meantime, the spring track season may be chaotic. Wellington Track Coach Charles Wallace said because the current condition of the track is unserviceable, he thinks the home high school and middle school track meets will need to be farmed out to an area school such as Belle Plaine or Caldwell. There may be a way to have grade school track meets, but that will need to be reviewed when the time approaches.The deterioration of the track which is located behind the Wellington Middle School, has led the board to look at either replacing it completely or just put another covering on top of the current track pad. The track was last rebuilt in the mid-1990s.“This will be my second rebuilt track,” laughed board member Angie Ratcliff. “I have been here awhile.”Morris said he toured the tracks at Caldwell and Ark City which were rebuilt four and six years ago respectively.“After talking with several people, we decided the best option is to start from scratch,” Morris said.The monies will come out of the school’s capital outlay budget. He said there is enough there for it not to be a problem. The money will be set aside and collect interest until the time comes to start construction.Beynon Construction located in Park City, Utah will construct the track. Morris assured the board company officials said the cost of the project will not go up in a year’s time.The board had the option of starting construction immediately, but the consensus was there was not enough time especially with weather concerns.“I think we all know that with construction not all deadlines get made,” said Mark Whitener, Wellington Superintendent.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Football: Ronaldo will remain Real player ‘2-3 more years’, says Zidane

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo will remain a Real Madrid player for “the next 2-3 years”, coach Zinedine Zidane said Saturday, ending talk the Bernabeu superstar might depart for Manchester United.On the eve of Real’s pre-season friendly against United at Santa Clara, California, Zidane spoke in Los Angeles about the 32-year-old Portuguese forward who is currently on vacation.“There has been a lot of talk surrounding Cristiano, that he wanted to go,” Zidane acknowledged. “I only believe in one thing — whenever I’ve spoken to him, he has been very relaxed.“He’s on holiday and he will be back with us on the fifth (of August). I listen, just like everyone else, but the only thing I’m concerned with is what he wants to do with Real Madrid.“He’ll be here with us on the fifth and I think he’ll stay for the next 2 or 3 years he’s got left with us.”Real will also play US tuneup matches on Wednesday against Manchester City at Los Angeles and next Saturday against bitter rivals Barcelona in Miami before next month’s scheduled return for Ronaldo. “He’s on a very well-deserved holiday after the year we’ve had,” Zidane said. “He has to come back in and we’ll look at when he’ll get some playing time. I’m sure he’ll be ready in no time.”Ronaldo is set to return next month says Zidane.After Real’s title runs in La Liga and for a second consecutive year in the Champions League, Zidane is confident his club will be ready when the time comes to defend those crowns.“We know what we achieved was incredible and now there are trophies to be played for already on the eighth and we’re preparing for that date to start in the best possible fashion,” he said in reference to the European Super Cup clash, also against Man United, in Skopje on August 8.“As always, we want to try and win everything we play for. That won’t change. This club has the history, we know that winning trophies is what motivates us and we’re going to try and do the same this year.”However Zidane confirmed Brazilian right-back Danilo would be leaving the club, with the 26-year-old expected to sign for Manchester City.“Danilo has gone and (Alvaro) Morata too,” Zidane said, a day after Spain striker Morata completed a move to Chelsea in a deal that could be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2 million).Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more