Icardi not joining Monaco – agent

first_imgMauro Icardi will not be joining Monaco, the Inter striker’s wife and agent Wanda Nara has insisted.Argentina international Icardi has been linked with a switch to the Ligue 1 outfit after being told he can leave San Siro this summer.Leonardo Jardim’s side are reportedly seeking a successor to Radamel Falcao, who has been linked with Turkish club Galatasaray. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Free agent Daniel Sturridge, who left Liverpool at the end of his contract in June, is also reportedly a target for the French club.Icardi, however, will not be moving to the French Riveria before the transfer window closes on September 2.”He will not go to Monaco,” Nara said simply to TyC Sports.Even with a move to Monaco being ruled out, Icardi is still likely to be on the move before the transfer deadline.His relationship with the club broke down last February when he was dropped by then coach Luciano Spalletti and stripped of his captaincy amid reports of contractual disputes between himself, the club and Wanda Nara.He returned to action before the end of the season, but Inter have made it clear that he no longer features in their plans under new boss Antonio Conte.The 26-year-old didn’t travel with the rest of the Inter squad for their pre-season tour of Asia last month, instead returning to the club’s training base on his own.Icardi even had his number 9 shirt taken off him, with new €80 million (£74m/$90m) signing Romelu Lukaku designated that squad number ahead of the new campaign.Serie A champions Juventus have been the side most frequently linked with a move for Icardi as they seek further firepower to compliment five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.However, that move currently looks unlikely with Juve boss Maurizio Sarri claiming he already has too many players in his squad, with as many as six needing to be sold before the transfer deadline.Those thoughts were echoed by Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini, who claimed a move for Icardi would be “fantasy football” given the number of attacking options already at the club’s disposal this season.last_img read more

Head of UN Volunteers programme flags crying need for volunteers

“There is a crying need for individuals with experience in local government who are willing to serve the United Nations as short-term volunteers, assisting with such operations,” UNV Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija told a conference of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) late last Friday in Rio de Janeiro.Throughout the developing world, UN Volunteers work in shantytowns and inner cities, often taking up activities in post-crisis areas such as Kosovo and East Timor, where the UN is called upon to fill the gap when government authorities break down or are in transition.Pointing to the challenges posed by urbanization, Ms. Capeling-Alakija called on local authorities to promote strong community institutions that are needed to solve complex problems – including HIV/AIDS – associated with poverty in cities. She urged IULA delegates to take the lead in efforts to expand and redefine volunteerism through city-to-city projects where people volunteer in other countries as “diplomats, advisers and learners.” Ms. Capeling-Alakija also suggested that municipal authorities could look into new forms of volunteer effort, such as the UN Information Technology Service (UNITeS) – a brainchild of Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched in his Millennium Report. The worldwide programme helps bridge the digital divide by mobilizing IT-savvy volunteers to work with developing country partners in the application of technology to human development in such areas as health, education, the environment, small enterprises and micro-finance. read more