Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed Wayne Rooney is “mentally in good shape” ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool. Press Association Rooney completed his first game of the season against Chelsea on Monday, after which he thanked the United fans for their support. Since then, Chelsea have signed Samuel Eto’o, which seems to have ended any chance of Rooney leaving for Stamford Bridge ahead of the transfer window closing on Monday night. “I wouldn’t disclose any names, just let the clubs deal with it and we’ll try and do it on a professional manner,” said Moyes, when asked specifically about Herrera. And of Baines and Fellaini, two men he knows so well from their time together at Everton: “I wouldn’t tell you.” But with speculation also surrounding Daniele de Rossi, and even Kaka, who has been told he can leave Real Madrid, it promises to be the busiest countdown to a transfer window closing since Sir Alex Ferguson paid a club record £30.75million to sign Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. “I don’t know how busy it’s going to be but it’s a busy football market,” said Moyes. “It might be busy in the next few days and I hope we do a little bit of business but I couldn’t guarantee that.” And now he is preparing for one of United’s biggest games of the season. “Wayne Rooney has been a great player for many years for Manchester United,” said Moyes. “I felt he played very well the other night and he’s looking in good condition and is mentally in good shape too.” Moyes declined to enter into further discussion on Rooney, preferring instead to underline the stance United have taken throughout the summer. “We told you and everybody else from day one so I don’t think there’s anything else to add today,” he said. Moyes was no more forthcoming on United’s pursuit of new players. The club have had another bid rejected by Everton for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this week. And reports have emerged from Spain about a failed attempt to sign Anders Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.
They scored the goals in the 2-1 win against Chelsea which ultimately cost Jose Mourinho his job. Mahrez set up Vardy for his 15th goal of the season, registering his seventh assist, before the little Algerian netted his 11th goal of the campaign. And Ranieri was even more bullish when asked about Leicester’s hopes of hanging on to the star duo during the January transfer window, insisting that he had told them “you are going nowhere”. “Already I spoke to the two guys. I didn’t wait for them to answer!” said Ranieri. “I suggest to them it is much better they continue with us. We are in good flight now. W e continue together, we can improve, to help grow up the team. “I won’t consider (selling) in the summer either. In my mind they are the first I want to keep and continue with this group, it is a good group. “It is important to maintain this mentality. This friendly group.” Ranieri will have to make a couple of enforced changes against Everton on Saturday. Danny Drinkwater (hamstring) came off injured against Chelsea and will miss the trip to Goodison Park while Robert Huth received his fifth yellow card of the season against the champions and is suspended. Andy King will replace Drinkwater in central midfield while Ranieri will choose between Marcin Wasilewski and Yohan Benalouane to fill in at centre-back in Huth’s absence. Press Association Claudio Ranieri believes this season could be the start of something big at Leicester. After their great escape last season, the Foxes were once again tipped for a battle against relegation but under Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson during the summer, they have defied the odds and currently sit proudly at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Victory against Everton on Saturday will guarantee Leicester are the Christmas number one – and only one team in that position in the past five years – Liverpool in 2013-14 – have failed to go on and lift the title. Ranieri’s side head to Goodison Park nine points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham and in a strong position to qualify for next season’s Champions League but the Italian has always maintained that reaching 40 points, the widely-accepted total required for Premier League survival, remains the aim. However, in a change of tack, Ranieri welcomed Sir Alex Ferguson’s assertion that Leicester could win the title and that he had always wanted to turn Leicester into a Premier League force. “I have read about who is top at Christmas Day will win the league, blah, blah, blah… but this is a strange league. Everything is strange,” said Ranieri. “Maybe it is right to listen to Sir Alex, because he is not involved in this race. “Of course I would like to win. Who doesn’t like to win the Premier League? Sir Alex knows about horse racing and about how the horses arrive in the last 10 metres or 100 metres. I want my horses at the end of the race. “This year for us is a good time to build. Now, nobody believes in Leicester. I hope in the next (few) years, everybody has to put Leicester in the top of the league. I want to build with this group, to be at the top for next season. “My owner asked me to be safe (from relegation). The rest is for us. I am very ambitious. I hope the players are even more ambitious than me.” Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been instrumental in Leicester’s meteoric rise this season.
…as Govt uses 1 seat majority to pass motionAt Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly, Government used its one seat majority to pass a motion that extends the ceiling for the State to guarantee debts, to up $50 billion, for any project upon which the Government wishes to embark upon.The parliamentary People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition has described the move as a “surreptitiously” one, since the “most dangerous” motion was presented last that evening.According to the Opposition, the passage of the bill paves the way for Guyana to once again be on the road towards “financial and economic bankruptcy.”In a statement on Saturday, the Opposition reminded that back in 2014, while the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) was in Opposition, it had rejected a motion to raise the debt ceiling to the required level with respect to the Amaila Falls Hydro Project and as such, the project was killed.“We must emphasise that in relation to the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, the PPP Government was not guaranteeing a debt but was guaranteeing contingent liability; that is, the Government would have only become liable if GPL refused to buy the power or pay for the power bought under a Power Purchase Agreement,” the Party stated.It went on to point out, however, that Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday informed the House that the debt ceiling is being raised to guarantee a $30 billion liability which is being incurred to fund the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).“We have already been told that this funding is being collateralised by the assets of GuySuCo, now held by NICIL (National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited). If this is so, it begs the question of why the need for a Government guarantee. The assets which will be collateralised are valued far in excess of 30 billion dollars,” the Opposition questioned.The PPP further noted that the Finance Minister boasted of securing very concessionary interest rates from Republic Bank Limited. However, the Party said the Minister failed to disclose that loans that are fully collateralised and further secured by a Government guarantee, attract far lower interest rates than those he boasted about. This, the Opposition noted, is so because the risk is de minimis.“The question that must be asked of Republic Bank is; would it be prepared to extend the same terms and facilities to another borrower with similarly strong collateral? Or, is there some quid pro quo arrangement in place between this bank and the Government. What is certain, however, is that by this motion, the foundation has been laid for large-scale borrowing without parliamentary scrutiny,” the missive further detailed.It continued by saying that as was done under the Forbes Burnham/Desmond Hoyte regimes, the nation will only learn of the bankruptcy when it is too late.The parliamentary Opposition went on to say that the debt accumulated from 2015 to 2018 plus the 30 billion from Republic Bank, coupled with the US$900 million which will be borrowed from the Islamic Development Bank, doubles the total debt which the PPP had left after 24 years in Government.