Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 1st 2014 Contents MARSEILLE---Marseille
will stay at the newly reno-
vated Stade Velodrome after
agreeing on a new three-year
deal, ending weeks of con-
Yesterday, club owner Mar-
garita Louis-Dreyfus and city
mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin
announced they signed a pro-
visional agreement which will
be ratified at a council meeting
Louis-Dreyfus says, "It s a
strong gesture that I have done
for the supporters and all the
people of Marseille."
Marseille will pay 7.4 million
euros (US$9.9 million) a year
in rent. It was paying 50,000
euros annually in recent years,
while work was being carried
The parties have been bat-
tling over the price, and last
week Marseille threatened to
play its first home game of the
season, against Montpellier on
Aug 17, at its opponent s
The Velodrome has been
home to Marseille since 1937.
De Vrij: Lazio ideal
club to develop
Cup defender Stefan De Vrij
believes Lazio is the ideal
place for him to develop his
The 22-year-old De Vrij was
unveiled at the capital club
yesterday, after Lazio won the
race to sign the center back
De Vrij says he was
impressed by Lazio s project,
and adds "I can improve a lot
here. Lazio was the only club
before the World Cup which
was really interested in me and
I really liked that."
He was greeted by more
than 100 fans when he arrived
at Rome s Fiumicino Airport
at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.
deal with Fiat
renewed its sponsorship
agreement with Fiat to 2021.
The Serie A champion
announced on Thursday that
it signed a new six-year con-
tract, which will begin with
the 2015-16 season.
Juventus says the new deal
is worth 17 million euros
(US$22.75 million) per season
plus variable bonuses based
on the club s results in national
and international competitions.
As it has been doing since
2012, Fiat will operate as the
club s sole shirt sponsor in all
competitions, as well as sup-
plying vehicles for promotional
Juventus won its third suc-
cessive Serie A last season.
TURIN---New Juventus defender
Patrice Evra is confident he has cho-
sen the right club after having to
leave Manchester United for undis-
closed personal reasons.
Evra signed a two-year contract
with Juventus earlier this month,
bringing to an end an eight-year
spell at Old Trafford.
"I had to leave Manchester for
personal reasons," Evra said at his
official presentation yesterday. "Three
months before the end of the season
I asked my agents to start talking
with other clubs. When Juventus
came in for me I immediately said
it was the right choice.
"For me, Juventus really represents
the culture of winning every match.
For me, winning every match isn t
pressure, it s something normal. If
you re not ready to accept criticism
when you don t win then you don t
belong at all in a club like Juventus.
I had that culture at Manchester and
I want to have it too at Juventus, at
Juventus paid United £1.2 million
(US$2 million) but the transfer fee
will increase to £1.5 million (US$2.5
million) if the Italian club qualifies
for the 2015-16 Champions League.
The club is playing in Europe s
premier club competition again this
year, while it is also targeting a fourth
successive Serie A title.
Evra lifted the Champions League
trophy once with Manchester United,
where he also five league titles, and
the 33-year-old insisted he is still
hungry for more success.
"I won the title three times in a
row with Manchester United, but to
win it four times is even more dif-
ficult so that s already a good chal-
lenge," Evra said. "Then there s the
Champions League too, which is a
really beautiful competition, really
wonderful to play in, but really dif-
Manchester United endured a dif-
ficult campaign under manager David
Moyes last season as it struggled to
cope in the wake of Alex Ferguson s
departure. Moyes was sacked towards
the end of the season and Louis Van
Gaal is now at the helm, fresh off
leading the Netherlands to the semi-
finals of the World Cup.
Evra refused to elaborate on why
he left United but said he was not
let go, that the club wanted to keep
"I had to leave for personal rea-
sons," he said. "Manchester United
wanted to make me club captain. I
also spoke to Van Gaal, who was very
disappointed I was leaving. It was
my choice. It was also difficult for
Juventus because (United) really
didn t want me to leave."
At Juventus, Evra will again be part
of a club reeling from the departure
of a much-loved manager after Anto-
nio Conte quit and was replaced by
"I was on holiday, the news hit
me quite a bit," Evra said. "How is
it possible that a coach who wanted
you at all costs suddenly leaves?
"But at the end I m still very happy
with my choice. I thought maybe
Juve will lose a bit of stability but
then I thought no, managers come
and go but the club remains forev-
er."Italian football has struggled with
the problem of racism and the issue
again sparked headlines recently fol-
lowing comments made by a leading
candidate for the presidency of the
Italian football federation.
Evra, a black Frenchman, has
endured problems in the past, most
notably when he was racially abused
by Luis Suarez, who was banned for
eight matches as a result.
"Racism is difficult to fight, I ve
already had some problems with it,"
the France defender said. "It s a prob-
lem which stems from ignorance.
"I don t understand why some
people still compare other people
because they have a different color.
Maybe they fear the other person?
It s sad to be here and to talk about
Friday, August 1, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Patrice Evra....confident he has
chosen the right club.
Evra says Juventus right choice
TOKYO---Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost
back to full fitness after his serious back injury suffered
at the World Cup.
The 22-year-old Neymar made a promotional trip to
Tokyo where he will film a commercial for a Japanese
mattress company. About 700 fans greeted him at Tokyo s
Haneda Airport yesterday.
"It s all good, my back is improving, it s almost 100
per cent," Neymar said at a press conference. "I m
looking forward to joining my teammates and helping
them win the title."
Neymar s first World Cup ended in disappointment
when he was carried off the field on a stretcher with
a fractured vertebra during Brazil s quarterfinal win over
Before his injury, Neymar scored four goals in his five
matches and was considered one of the stand-out players
of the tournament. Half of Brazil s goals until then were
scored by him.
Barcelona s season starts on August 24 and the club
has said Neymar s recovery from injury was progressing
"very well." (AP)
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