Manchester 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.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, who described the high-level visit as an opportunity to reiterate support for efforts towards peace and stability in the country, joined Mr. Guterres on the trip. He declared that the entire United Nations system, including the UN Mission in DRC, MONUSCO, is fully committed to ending the Ebola epidemic.Civilians in DRC are also dealing with the deadly effects of other diseases, such as measles and malaria, which both claim more victims than Ebola, reminded Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Mr. Tedros, part of the official UN delegation, said that this is why investments in a health system based on primary health care are so important, to address all health needs in a comprehensive way.Speaking in French to local media on Saturday, Mr. Guterres expressed his admiration for the resilience of the citizens of DR Congo, and underlined the solidarity of the United Nations in the fight against terrorism, not only in Congo, but across the whole continent of Africa, and the entire world. Mr. Guterres arrived in the town of Goma, situated in the North Kivu region of the country which is at the centre of the epidemic, on Saturday. There, he was received by Leila Zerrougui, his special representative in the country, and inspected a contingent of UN peacekeepers. The UN chief thanked them for their service and sacrifice, and for putting their lives at risk, in often dangerous conditions, to protect civilians.I’m very proud of the work of our UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo – putting their own lives at risk in often dangerous conditions to protect civilians. I thank them for their service & sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/2MoY5gUuJ4— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 31, 2019 UN/Matine PerretSecretary-General António Guterres briefing by MONUSCO leadership with SRSG Leila Zerrougui (Right) and USG Jean-Pierre Lacroix (left) and leadershipTurning to the “terrible situation” of Ebola, and other major health concerns such as measles, malaria, and cholera, the UN chief promised that the UN stands “side-by-side with the Congolese authorities and the people of the country, in order to do our best to meet all of these challenges.”During his visit, his first since taking up office as the head of the UN in January 2017, Mr. Guterres will meet senior government officials, actors in the DRC peace process, and the civilian, police and military members of the UN Mission in the country.Other senior UN officials joining the Secretary-General include Huang Xia, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes; Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa; Mike Ryan, Executive-Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; and Ibrahima Socé Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General of Emergency Response.