0Shares0000Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has work to do after a busy transfer deadline © AFP / Ian KINGTONHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – A frantic 48 hours in the transfer market provided Chelsea with a timely lift after last weekend’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.The 2-0 loss left new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri to rue the difference between the two teams, with Pep Guardiola’s champions looking sharper and fitter than the Italian’s side. Sarri has been in post for less than four weeks and the last thing he needed was to go into the first game of the new season at Huddersfield on Saturday against the backdrop of a protracted stand-off between the club and keeper Thibaut Courtois.Courtois’s decision to stay away from the club this week in a bid to force a move to Real Madrid could have had a negative impact at Stamford Bridge, reviving memories of the dispute with Diego Costa 12 months earlier.But Chelsea moved quickly to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6 million – a world record for a keeper – on a seven-year contract, triggering Courtois’s exit to Real.As part of the deal for the Belgian, Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic moved in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.For a club desperate to progress after a fractious campaign that was marred by a rift between coach Antonio Conte and the club and ended with a disappointing fifth placed finish, it was good business all round.Now, Sarri must do all he can to prevent Eden Hazard following his international team-mate to Madrid, although the current signs are the Belgium star has been convinced to stay.Courtois, though, did little to restore his already damaged reputation at his former club when he expressed his hope Hazard would join him when he was presented at the Bernabeu Stadium.“Eden congratulated me,” he said. “He knows it is a dream for me to be here. I would like to be always by his side.“He is a great player and if he could come here, it would be fantastic.”Sarri, the former Napoli coach, can continue his efforts to introduce the 4-3-3 system he used so successfully in Serie A after two seasons of 3-4-3 under Conte.– Focus on Kepa –The Wembley clash against City confirmed there is plenty of work to do and it may be some time before Sarri finally settles on his two central defenders.David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger appear to be his first choice right now, but Luiz in particular looked shaky against City.And in midfield, Kovacic is likely to join Jorginho and N’Golo Kante to strengthen an area that was overrun by the champions.This weekend, though, the main focus will be on Arrizabalaga if, as expected, the 23-year-old takes his first steps in English football.Kepa’s compatriot David De Gea took time to settle when he first arrived at Manchester United and the former Bilbao man acknowledges he will need to adapt.“This is a great challenge for me and it means a lot for my career and also in my personal life,” he said.“It is a great step forward for my career. It is also very brave for the club to take me in.“In terms of the price, me being the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, it is something I just don’t think about.“I am just going to be myself, the same I have always been and try to give my best for the club.”The speed with which Kepa settles in will be just one of the factors that determine how Chelsea progress under Sarri’s new regime.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A transient was shot in the stomach in the Westlake District today, police said. The shooting occurred at Leeward Avenue and Hoover Street, near an apartment complex, about 4 a.m., said Sgt. Melvin Gamble of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Station. A gunman got out of a vehicle, approached the victim and shot him in the stomach, Gamble said. It was unclear what the victim was doing at the time of the shooting, he said, adding that a motive was not immediately determined. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe victim, a man about 40 years old, was transported to a nearby hospital in unknown condition, he said. The gunman fled in the vehicle, he said. A description of the suspect was not immediately available, Gamble said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
The Lord Mayor of Letterkenny said he fears many more housing estates across Donegal could end up in the same predicament as residents of College Park.Residents of College Park were left with an ESB bill of more than €4,000 after the developer of the housing estate went into liquidation.The bill, which was mainly due to the management of the sewage pumping system on the estate, has been deferred by the ESB. However Mayor Gerry McMonagle told Donegaldaily.com he fears this is only the tip of the iceberg.He said the fact that numerous developers have gone bust means there cold be a raft of such problems facing householders.“The bottom line is that there has been a vacuum left by many developers going under.“The College Park situation was a prime example and thankfully that would have appeared to have been sorted. “But I fear there are many similar situation around the corner. The bottom line is that there is nobody overseeing the running of these estates,” he said.He added that he had now sought a meeting with the County Manager to assess the overall situation and to find ways of moving forward.“There’s no doubt it’s going to be an issue. I am hoping to meet with the County Manager about the issue.“I’m sure there are all sorts of issues facing residents on a lot of housing estates across Letterkenny and Donegal which nobody is taking responsibility for,” he said.Meanwhile a spokesman for the ESB said they had never intended to pursue the residents in College Park for the outstanding bill. “It was never intended that we would pursue the residents over the outstanding bill. That was never the case.“But we had to reach an understanding that the bill-payer would come to an agreement with us. We are grateful that the Mayor has intervened and hopefully we can move forward with a clean slate in relation to the residents and the local authority,” said a spokesman.MANY MORE HOUSING ESTATES FACING HUGE PROBLEMS – MAYOR was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COLLEGE PARKgerry mcmonagleletterkenny