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Mbappe shuts down transfer rumours

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first_imgParis Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has appeared to end speculation linking him with a move away from the club.In a simple tweet with the young forward shown in the club’s newly released kit, Mbappe seemed to underline his commitment to his side ahead of the 2019-20 season.The 20-year-old, who scored 33 league goals in 29 games last season, tweeted the club’s slogan, ‘Ici c’est Paris’ – ‘this is Paris’ – followed by ‘19/20’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 Rumours have been mounting throughout the summer that Mbappe could be lured away by the promise of a fresh challenge, with the starlet having already won everything on the domestic scene in France.His 39 goals and 17 assists in all competitions was a stunning return for the player, but for many others it was also a sign that the world’s best young player has outgrown the league.ICI C’EST PARIS 19/20 🔴🔵 @PSG_inside pic.twitter.com/diGY7fksve— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 2, 2019PSG have continued to frustrate in Europe, with last season’s embarrassing defeat to Manchester United only the latest in a sequence of disappointing results in the Champions League.Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for Mbappe, as Zinedine Zidane continues the dramatic rebuild of the club following his return to the Spanish capital last season.The potential of a front three featuring Mbappe alongside new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic is undoubtedly a mouth-watering prospect, though it has been suggested Madrid could move for Mbappe next summer in a return to their old tactic of signing one big star every year.Liverpool have also been linked with the forward but for now it seems as though he will be staying in the French capital.It has been a difficult summer for PSG fans, with constant rumours surrounding their two undoubted stars.This reassurance from Mbappe may help to quell fans’ fears but speculation around teammate Neymar shows no sign of abating.PSG are thought to be heavily reluctant to sell but Barcelona seem desperate to facilitate a return for their former player.Recent reports have suggested the French champions could be willing to accept a deal involving a huge cash sum as well as players in exchange, but any deal would be a huge PR blow for PSG’s footballing project and global brand.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan minister targets MS Dhoni over Army crest on gloves

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 07:53 IST Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces which was spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on MS Dhoni’s glovesICC asked the BCCI on Thursday to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s glovesMS Dhoni holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute RegimentMahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves with the with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces has caused a furore in the cricketing fraternity with Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry now slamming the former India captain for supporting the crest.Fawad Chaudhry, who is Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology, put out a tweet on social media voicing his opinion on the matter of Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves and slammed the Indian media for debating on the matter.”Dhoni is in England to play cricket not to for MahaBharta , what an idiotic debate in Indian Media,a section of Indian media is so obsessed with War they should be sent to Syria, Afghanistan Or Rawanda as mercenaries,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.The “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves during India’s opening match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on Wednesday as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.The pictures of Dhoni’s gloves went viral on social media within no time and fans poured in love and respect for the 37-year-old.The rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC) however, clearly state that “equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.”The ICC as a result, asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.advertisementClaire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. “We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she said.Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidan” inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidan Badge.Dhoni, who has been conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had also undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015.Also Read | No more balidan for Dhoni: ICC objects to Army insignia on his glovesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni sports Balidaan Badge, insignia of Indian Para Special ForcesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow MS Dhoni glovesFollow Balidan badgeFollow World Cup 2019 Next World Cup 2019: Pakistan minister targets MS Dhoni over Army crest on glovesThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday also asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the symbol removed from MS Dhoni’s gloves.advertisementlast_img read more