Man Utd target Maguire no closer to move

first_imgManchester United target Harry Maguire is no closer to departing Leicester City for the Red Devils, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.The England international featured for the full 90 minutes of the Foxes’ pre-season friendly with Stoke at the weekend, as speculation continues to swirl around his future.Maguire, who joined Leicester in the wake of their famous Premier League title-winning season, has been a standout performer for the club since his arrival, and was a key man for his country at last year’s World Cup in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Since then, he has been consistently linked with a move to Old Trafford, first when Jose Mourinho was at the helm and subsequently after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins.The club, as well as rivals and champions Manchester City, both tabled offers earlier this year for the 26-year-old, which Leicester subsequently rejected.United however have been undeterred and are widely tipped to get their man before the transfer window closes in August.However, former Celtic boss Rodgers has described himself as “relaxed” over the rumour mill that suggests the centre-back’s impending departure.”He’s been brilliant since the first day of pre-season,” the manager stated.”There’s a lot of speculation around Harry, but he’s just got on with it. Like I’ve always said, we’re all pretty relaxed with it.”We’re looking to prepare the whole team and squad and Harry’s a part of that. He was excellent [Saturday], he’s working very hard.”There’s no discussion. I know you guys [the media] are looking for updates, but there’s no change from the other night.”Regarding whether Leicester would point-blank refuse to sell after a certain peiod,  due to the club’s lack of time to secure a replacement, he added: “I haven’t really thought about that.”We have two weeks left to go in the window for all of the players. I think it’s just a case of everyone staying focused.”Rodgers will see his side open their new Premier League campaign at the King Power Stadium on August 11, when they host last year’s surprise package Wolves.Nuno Santo’s side will be hoping to replicate the Foxes’ own post-promotion feats and transform themselves into a genuine major top-flight side.last_img read more

Western Sahara Annan calls for speedy release of remaining prisoners

In his interim report to the Security Council, the Secretary-General calls for the immediate release of more than 1,350 prisoners held by the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguía el-Hamra y del Río de Oro (Frente POLISARIO), some for more than 20 years.Mr. Annan also draws attention to the situation of Saharan refugees in the Tindouf camps in Algeria as a matter of “growing concern” and appeals to the international community to provide generous support to the UN’s refugee and food agencies that are providing humanitarian assistance to those in need.As for the ceasefire in the territory, the Secretary-General notes the passage without incident of the Paris-Dakar rally through Western Sahara on 3 and 4 January. “There has been no indication on the ground that either side intends to resume hostilities in the near future,” he observes.The Security Council is expected to hold consultations on Western Sahara next Tuesday. The Secretary-General will also report on the future of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) before the end of its present mandate on 28 February. read more