Ajax risk forcing Kluivert & Co. out of Amsterdam

first_imgTransfers Kluivert is right! Ajax risk forcing star players away with stubborn policy Peter McVitie 16:00 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Justin Kluivert Ajax 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Ajax Manchester United Barcelona Eredivisie Opinion The 19-year-old has hit out at the club’s chiefs Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars, pointing out some real issues facing the Eredivisie outfit When Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar was asked about the delay in Justin Kluivert’s contract extension on Dutch television earlier this month, he picked a familiar target to blame: Mino Raiola.”I think his agent is pushing him towards the exit,” he said on Ziggo Sport ’s talkshow ‘Rondo’. “We’ve had talks with Kluivert about extending his contract. It’s often not the player, because he is a real Ajax boy. We would really like to keep him, but you have to deal with agents.”A controversial figure, Raiola is known for stirring up disputes between players and clubs to extract either a lucrative contract or a big move for his clients, pocketing a hefty sum along the way. With the pressure on Ajax to keep one of the brightest prospects of a talented group, the chief executive saw the ideal straw man to blame for the hold up and at the same time suggest the issue was really down to a single factor: money. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Concerns over Kluivert’s future had been building for some time as he approaches the final year of his contract. The blossoming winger has remained ambiguous all season, proudly boasting about the interest from Europe’s top sides he has already attracted while stressing he is in no rush to leave.The continued mystery over his future began to make some nervous, though, as rumours of interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and most recently Manchester City have circulated and the tussle has predictably caused a stir among fans, with some calling Kluivert greedy and insulting his family.But Van der Sar’s diversion towards Raiola will not mask the real problem they have in persuading Kluivert. A tense, tough campaign for last year’s Europa League finalists has left them with a wealth of issues to address in the summer, but the ex-Manchester United star and director of player policy Marc Overmars’ track record raises concerns about the direction taken by those at the top.Taking a stance against the head honchos, Kluivert turned Van der Sar’s argument about Raiola around and went on a verbal attack  of his own.“Ajax want me to extend my contract so that they can ask for more money [when they sell],” he told Dutch newspaper Volkskrant . “I was more or less told that I had to sign or else I had to leave… I feel pressured. The most important thing for Ajax is that I extend my contract. Then it’s not about football, but about money.”I want to be the best in the world. Look what’s happening around me, with other players who want to leave or are leaving. It will soon be difficult to get through the preliminary round of the Champions League, and competing at the highest level is important.”Ajax change coaches too easily. They don’t really get a chance. You can see our coach [Erik ten Hag] is not really comfortable. You also saw that with Marcel Keizer before him. That’s what the boys feel. You can see how coaches behave, how they express themselves, even in the press. It feels unstable. We are not really a team. There are different opinions about everything. One time you play one way, then another coach comes in and you play another way. That’s difficult. We never really knew what we wanted from this season.”He also feels burned by the way they handled Tottenham’s attempts to sign him last year , saying they treated his future “like a game” and that the top men “do what they want”.To demand he sign out of loyalty so Ajax can regain money on their investment is to ask more than he owes them. In upping his asking price, Kluivert risks cutting off some options and his ambition to reach the pinnacle of his profession means he must seriously consider where he can progress properly. The likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, David Neres and Donny van de Beek may find themselves wondering the same.Ajax have a strong enough squad to paint a pretty picture for the future, but things have only deteriorated over the last year. Structural issues caused a rift between former boss Peter Bosz and the hierarchy of Van der Sar, Overmars and Dennis Bergkamp. Although Van der Sar stood firm and refused Bosz’s request of having control over his background staff and let him go, the error was acknowledged in a sense months later when successor Marcel Keizer was sacked along with the key coaching staff Bosz had been stuck with, including Bergkamp.By then, Ajax were already behind PSV in the league and had crashed out of both European competitions at the first hurdle, leaving new coach Erik ten Hag with a tough job. Their title challenge ended feebly as they collapsed in a 3-0 defeat to PSV that saw the Eindhoven side win it for the third time in four years.GFX Info Justin Kluivert Ajax quoteIt all raises further questions about the leadership of Van der Sar and Overmars, whose reputations have been battered at times amid the public soap operas they constantly stumble into. With a very talented generation on their hands and Europe’s top sides circling, players are justified in asking if it is the right environment for them in an important stage of their development.Indeed, Kluivert is only the latest player to take direct aim at the decision makers.Goalkeeper Andre Onana, 22, went all out with his criticism after the loss to PSV, saying: “That this happens is not only the fault of the manager, because I know the media will spread negativity about him. Overmars and Van der Sar are equally responsible for making us play shit. It’s the fault of everyone at Ajax, not just that of Ten Hag.”I can stay and try to be champion next season, but if something better comes I’ll be away. I think it’s important to look at my own career, I’m ready for my next step with a new challenge.”Hakim Ziyech, 25, has already made clear he wants to leave after two years with the capital side. Easily the best player in the league in recent seasons, he has grown exasperated by their inconsistency and said he feels he has nothing left to learn in Netherlands. His departure will be a huge one for Ajax that will drum up memories of the hole left by Christian Eriksen’s move that went unfilled until Ziyech’s arrival three years later.Perhaps most worrying has been the apparent change in 18-year-old sensation Matthijs de Ligt, who recently signed a new contract but has, according to De Telegraaf , expressed his desire to leave amid the team’s decline. Ajax also have to deal with interest from Barcelona , Manchester United and Tottenham.Midfield wizard Frenkie de Jong is also said to be considering his options after his first full season of Eredivisie football as Barcelona eye him up, too. The 20-year-old is said to be willing to wait another year before fleeing, but that will hardly offer much relief amid the growing uncertainty.Besides Kluivert, Ziyech and Onana, Ajax are unlikely to let their best prospects go this summer, but the implications for the void between players and the board stretch beyond that.Leaving the Eredivisie at a young age is a risk for any player, so it says a lot about the confusion over the direction Ajax are heading in that such promising ones fear Amsterdam may not be the best place for them.If Van der Sar and Overmars don’t make clear their plan to the protagonists of a potentially glorious era, they might end up chasing them away. Try as he might, Van der Sar can hardly blame Raiola for all of it.last_img read more

Apple adds more features to iWork on iOS and Mac

first_img CNET Apps Today Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier iPadOS public beta hands-on: The beginning of a transformation The updates for MacOS — Pages 8.1, Numbers 6.1 and Keynote 9.1 — are a little less feature heavy, but include some of the above.While its tablets currently use iOS, Apple is set to launch a new iPadOS, with the iPad operating system now open for public beta. Mobile Tablets Laptops Applications Computers Mobile Apps Phones Apple iOS 12 iPadOS MacOS Catalina Apple First look at the iPadOS beta iPad OS public beta The best features in iOS 13 and iPadOS public beta 29 Photos Numbers 5.1 for iPhone and iPad meanwhile adds chart editing tools, links to other sheets, better accuracy thanks to an enhanced 128-bit calculation engine, the inclusion of rows to filtered tables, a choice of using Apple Pencil for drawing or to select and scroll, face detection and more.For iOS, Keynote 5.1 then includes updates like editing master slides while collaborating on a presentation, face detection and toggling between Apple Pencil options. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6:52 Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • Post a comment Tags Apple has updated its iWork suite of apps. Angela Lang/CNET Apple has added a bunch of new features to its Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps in an update across both iOS and MacOS. One common addition for all six apps is the ability to stylize your text by adding images, gradients and new outline styles.The three apps make up Apple’s iWork productivity suite.Some of the additions in Pages 5.1 for iPhone and iPad have new bullet styles, custom bullet points and indentation adjustment for lists; the ability to add words to the dictionary; copying and pasting sections between different documents; face detection; and new templates for novels.  reading • Apple updates Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS and Mac See All 0 Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorslast_img read more

3 workers killed in road crash

first_imgThree people killed after a paddy-laden truck plunges into a roadside ditch in Shariapur sadar upazila on Saturday night. Photo: UNBThree workers were killed and six others injured as a truck plunged into a roadside ditch in Khelsi area of Shariatpur sadar upazila on Saturday night.The deceased are Md Rahmat Hossain, 40, Naim Hossain, 25, and Idris, 60, from Chetua area in Ashasuni upazila of Satkhira district, reports UNB.The injured workers said that they had come to Shariatpur from Satkhira on 24 April for cultivating paddy.The paddy-laden truck carrying 12 workers plunged into a roadside ditch after its driver lost control over the wheels, leaving three dead on the spot around 10:30am, said Shariatpur fire service and civil defence deputy assistant director Niaz Mohammad.The injured were admitted at Shariatpur Sadar Hospital, he added.last_img

Govt lax on syndicate controlling labour market

first_imgFile PhotoMalaysia, the second largest job market for Bangladeshi workers, has not been recruiting new workers for more than eight months on the allegation that a syndicate is controlling the labour market.As a result, more than 100,000 potential workers lost opportunities to work in Malaysia and it may leave a negative impact on the country’s remittance flow.The Bangladesh government, however, did not take any meaningful action against the syndicate.The crisis could not be settled even after several bilateral meetings of the Joint Working Group (JWG) were held to begin an interim process to recruit Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, according to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.The independent committee formed by the Malaysian government to investigate the matter has already made a draft report. On the contrary, the High Court in Bangladesh has asked the ministry to submit a report within six months after investigating the matter. The deadline has already expired, and now the ministry has requested for an extension.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had formed a probe committee last year, but they did not carry out an investigation.Rather, the organised syndicate are trying to control the market again, according to many.The syndicate was comprised of 10 recruiting agencies and they have misappropriated Tk 47 billion, which irked the Malaysian authorities.According to Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, the government is more concerned about resuming the worker sending process than taking actions against the syndicate.A ministerial level meeting between the two countries is scheduled to begin in Kuala Lumpur on 14 May. The Bangladesh delegation will be led by state minister for expatriates’ welfare Imran Ahmad.“The authorities will be on high alert to prevent forming of such syndicates again and those who are responsible will be punished,” said expatriate welfare secretary Rounak Jahan.Only 55 people recruited in 3 monthsAccording to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Malaysia has not issued any visa to any Bangladeshi worker since September. However, workers who received a visa before September went to Malaysia. As many as 175,927 people went to Malaysia in 2018.In the first three months of 2018, 38,065 people went to Malaysia whereas the number decreased to only 55 in the first three months of this year.The remittance will fallA Bangladeshi worker earns around Tk 20,000-22,000 in a month.World Bank’s chief economist Zahid Hossain told Prothom Alo, “A worker usually takes 8 to 12 months to send money home. So the number of employees going abroad does not affect the flow of expatriate income immediately.”But in the long run, this may result in lesser remittances sent.Preparations almost doneMalaysian Minister of Human Resources M Kulasegaran said the process of recruiting new workers from Bangladesh and Nepal will begin soon.Last year, the Malaysian government formed an independent foreign workers’ committee headed by a judge. The committee has proposed an integrated structure to recruit new workers.The committee, in its draft report, recommended opening an online job portal. The employers can publish their requirement on the portal where the workers can apply.The employer must get registered by making a security deposit of RM 250,000.If the salary and allowances of an employee are due or if any compensation is needed, the money will be adjusted from the security deposit. MRA will reply within 48 hours of submission of a job application. Experts say the process will eliminate the problems caused by the middlemen.However, a number of senior businessmen and several officials in the ministry have alleged that no action had been taken against the syndicate as they are ‘very powerful and influential’.Migration expert and director of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) CR Abrar said, “The government had promised to take actions against those reposondible for the crisis. But effective measures to solve the problem are not visible. The country will suffer in the long run if such a potential source of income goes under any syndicate’s control.”* This report appearing in Prothom Alo’s print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Step on the pedal eat up

first_imgThey call it the cafe for bikers. The perfect place to be when you want to take a break from a long drive and tuck in some good food. But well, if you aren’t a biker and all that you have ever done is perch precariously behind someone’s bike – Biker’s Cafe could still be the place for you.Nestled in the B8 market at Vasant Kunj, the cosy cafe is quite a welcome break away from the general buzz of the malls in that area. A little constrained in the number of people they can host inside, the cafe offers a cool set-up outside under big umbrellas. Enjoy the weather and tuck in – not the best option in summer. But the place is going to be a clear hit in winter.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Eye-catching decor inside the cafe – parts of the Royal Enfield adorn the walls and gives it a wonderful laid back feel. Just the place to relax after a long day. Extremely reasonably priced food greeted us much to our surprise. In a posh locality, while the cafe should probably be making most of it since there aren’t others around to compete – Biker’s offers a meal for two in about Rs 500. Impressive!Starters were quite a filler as we got a taste of almost everything – dumplings, spring rolls and some really juicy chicken wings. The mushroom brushchetta get’s our thumbs up. When it comes to main courses – the chicken steak is a must try. The meat is wonderfully cooked and the mashed potatoes are perfect. They have an awesome ginger ale too. But the fire and loaded ice ball was the perfect end. A crust made of corn, museli and egg white covers a ball of ice cream served in a little bed of chocolate sauce in a martini glass. Approved. Head over. You won’t regret it!last_img read more