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‘Napoli are the best option for James’

By on October 26, 2019

first_imgNapoli are “the best option” for James Rodriguez, claims the Colombian’s father, with a transfer to Italy favoured over one to England if another move away from Real Madrid is made.The South American playmaker has registered on the recruitment radar of those in the Premier League for some time, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United credited with interest.Speculation has surfaced again this summer, with the exit door having been flung open at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? James is back in Spain after a two-year loan spell at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.They will not be taking up a purchase option and the 27-year-old is expected to remain out of favour in Madrid with Zinedine Zidane back at the Blancos’ helm.With another change of scenery likely, James’ father believes a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti in Serie A – a coach the former Porto star has previously worked with at Real and Bayern – makes the most sense.“I think a new change is what he needs for his career now, and [fellow Colombian] David Ospina is at Napoli now and I think he is very important,” Wilson Rodriguez told CalcioNapoli.“Napoli are the best option for him.“He has character and personality. Even at times of adversity, he’s always come out strongly. He was born for this, thank God.“Between him and Ancelotti, there was immediately a lot of respect. James is grateful to Carlo for what he did, he knows how to get the best out of him and that contributed to their great friendship.“The coach has always been very happy with his performances. I’ve heard about [the speculation] and I think a change is what he needs right now.”James, who also took in a spell with Monaco in Ligue 1 before heading to Madrid in 2014, is considered to have played the best football of his career to date under current Napoli boss Ancelotti.“Porto, Spain, Bayern, are all very different situations that I believe he has always faced with the same attitude,” Rodriguez senior added.“His best season remains that in Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti, but I am optimistic for the future.”last_img read more

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Sorry Nidge Toy Show beats LoveHate as mostwatched programme of the year

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgAS IF IT hadn’t been a tough enough year for Nidge and the boys, they’ve now been beaten by a bunch of kids.Ratings figures show that Friday night’s Late Late Toy Show was the most-watched programme on Irish television so far this year, ahead of last month’s season finale of Love/Hate.Almost 1.4 million people watched the Friday broadcast, which featured 231 kids, more than 330 toys, Robbie Keane and Domhnall, and Ryan Tubridy holding everything together.Love/Hate can’t be too disappointed though; The Toy Show juggernaut is frequently the most popular programme in the country each year – plus RTE’s crime drama got 1,007,500 viewers with the finale of series four on 11 November.RTE said this afternoon that more than 120,000 people streamed the show on the RTE player between Friday night and Sunday.  It was a hit on social media too: there were more than 100,000 mentions of the show on Facebook and over 52,000 tweets about it.Meanwhile, TV3′s inaugural rival toy show, which was broadcast at 8pm on Friday, didn’t do too badly either with 353,000 viewers tuning in, making it the most watched programme in its time slot.The executive producer of The Late Late Show said the programme is a “national event which has become a huge part of our culture”.“We have also been overwhelmed by the feedback from viewers who were watching from all over the world,” said Kathy Fox. We pushed Ryan in ways he hasn’t been pushed before, but he didn’t disappoint. He was very brave, a little bit bold but absolutely brilliant.All of the toys featured on the show were donated to various charities afterwards.Read: Late Late Toy Show 2013 best bits… in pictures and video >Read: Robbie, Mary, Bosco and cups… The Late Late Toy Show 2013 as it happened > Read: The Love/Hate season finale: 11 questions we want answered >last_img read more

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