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Usain Bolt: “I’m going back to Borussia Dortmund!”

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has revealed that he is returning to Borussia Dortmund to do three weeks of training at the club.The fastest man on the planet spent two days with Dortmund last month but the 31-year-old now says he has plans to come back for an extended stay in the near future.

“For me, it’s a big deal,” Bolt the Herald Sun newspaper in Australia, where he is attending the Commonwealth Games as a spectator.

“Everyone feels like I’m just kidding around – [that] I’m joking. But I’m serious. I’m actually going back to Dortmund in a couple of weeks to work with them for three more weeks just to assess myself at a better level – to see what level I’m at or what I need to do, or if I can.

“So that’s something I’m focused on doing and I’m looking forward to the challenge because that’s what I want. I want a new challenge in life and that’s my focus.”

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist caught the eye with a well-taken header during his first spell at Dortmund. Bolt gave himself “a seven out of ten” for his performance, but has now said that his knowledge of the game had surprised people at the club.

“The first trial that I went to, they were very impressed,” he said.

“They didn’t expect me to know so much and understand the game. So it’s all about just improving right now. I personally think I can do it, and because I’m a hard worker. I’m determined – I know I can do it.”

 

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Riyad Mahrez: I’m not thinking about the transfer window now – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 18:00


Leicester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez says he is not thinking about the January transfer window just yet, insisting he is focused on his performances.

The Fennec Foxes star was strongly linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium in the European summer transfer season, but the window snapped shut in early September with Mahrez unable to secure a new club.

The Algerian has since knuckled down and put in some strong showings for Leicester, especially since the appointment of new coach Claude Puel, and he emphasised that his focus is very much on the field right now.

“Everyone knows that I had desires to leave, except that it did not happen. I do not want to think of the transfer window at the moment. We still have 12 games to play until January, so if I thought of the transfer window now, I will not play football anymore,” Mahrez told the Daily Star.

He added, “I have been in Leicester for four years. I like this club and I am happy to defend its colours.

“I won the Premier League and took part in the Champions League. Before that, I played with the club in Championship.

“So I have to focus on my role in the field without worrying about what is being said here and there. We will see later what the future will hold for us.”



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I’m proud of my players – Algeria coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


by
Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 13:00


Despite a 2-0 loss to Cameroon this past weekend, Algeria coach Lucas Alcaraz insists he is proud of players.

The Fennec Foxes were beaten by the Indomitable Lions in Yaounde to suffer their fourth successive defeat in Group B of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The match may have been a dead rubber – with both Algeria and Cameroon out of the running for Russia 2018 – but it still piled further pressure on Alcaraz.

Nonetheless, the Spanish coach insisted that his team put up a good performance, with only individual mistakes costing them the match.

“I think we have provided a great performance today against Cameroon,” Alcaraz said after the match, as quoted by Le Buteur.

“Unfortunately, we made many mistakes that the opponent took advantage of to win this game.

“For example, Cameroon’s first goal came on one of our mistakes. We also failed to realise our goal opportunities.

“Of course I cannot be satisfied after a defeat, but I feel that we have not been second best in the game.

“It is the mistakes made that did not allow us to achieve the goal for which we came here in Cameroon.”

The Algeria coach added, “It is clear that one cannot be satisfied after a defeat. But I’m proud of the performance of my players.

“They showed a lot of will and seriousness in the game. They tried everything on the pitch. Unfortunately, the final outcome of the game was not favorable.”



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