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Tuchel Tells Five Players To Leave Chelsea, You’re Being Lazy—Merson Slams Ten Hag



Tuchel Tells Five Players To Leave Chelsea

Chelsea have not given shirt numbers to five players in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

They are Ethan Ampadu, Kenedy, Billy Gilmour, Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi.

Tuchel considers them surplus to requirement and wants them to leave Stamford Bridge for new clubs.

This was confirmed by football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano.

You’re Being Lazy—Merson Slams Ten Hag

Arsenal legend, Paul Merson has criticised Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag for buying players only from his former club, Ajax Amsterdam this summer.

Merson said it’s ‘a bit lazy’ for managers to recruit players from their former clubs.

He was making reference to Ten Hag signing Lisandro Martinez for Manchester United.

Ten Hag added the versatile defender, who he worked with at Ajax to the Manchester United squad. He also wants a reunion with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, another former Ajax colleague.

More states to procure AK-47 as insecurity worsens

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday said the state government would legally procure Ak-47 rifles for its security outfit, Community Volunteer Guards.

Ortom disclosed this in Makurdi, the state capital at the unveiling of the security outfit just as states including Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and Zamfara also indicated that they would arm their security agencies as insecurity worsened in the country.

Also on Thursday, representatives of security agencies, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the diplomatic corps and select government ministries, held a summit in Abuja on Thursday with a view to ensuring that schools are secure and re-opened.

Nigeria: Terrorism Didn’t Really Disrupt Food Production, FG Says

Nigeria’s Federal Government has disclosed that acts of terrorism in the northern part of the country did not significantly cause a drop in agricultural production.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Abubakar, who made this known Thursday at a news briefing at the State House, Abuja, also said about 3.6 million indirect jobs have been created from $2.4 billion worth of externally funded projects being implemented by the present administration.

Answering a question on reported inability of farmers in the northern part of the country to access to farms, the Minister said though the federal government is concerned about the development, however, assured that it had not significantly hampered food production.

Wike’s men seek PDP restructuring, say party pro-North

Loyalists of the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike have called for the restructuring of the Peoples Democratic Party’s leadership to accommodate more southerners, saying the party as presently constituted, is pro-North.

The governor’s camp complained that the structure of the party was skewed in favour of northerners, stressing that any proposed reconciliation between the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Wike must address this contentious issue.

Wike’s loyalists stated this in separate interviews with The PUNCH as Atiku met with the governor in Abuja on Thursday.

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