Man Utd and Spurs boost as Van de Beek insists Madrid deal not done and dusted

first_imgREAL MADRID have not sealed a deal to sign Donny van de Beek, the Ajax midfielder himself has confirmed.Manchester United and Tottenham are also said to be chasing the Dutchman who was strongly tipped by Spanish media to sign for Los Blancos.2 Van de Beek, 22, was reported to have agreed a move to Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut, while van de Beek admits the Iberian climate would be nice to play in, he insists he is yet to accept any offer to leave Ajax.Speaking to magazine Helden, the 22-year-old noted: “Playing in the sun is always nice, but no, I haven’t started taking Spanish classes.”I still haven’t said ‘yes’ to anyone, it’s all open.”I know what I have here, I’m loved by Ajax and I love Ajax.”My feelings should be positive at a club, not only that they want me but also that I fit in their style of play.”Of course, I also want to know the game time they will give me.”Rumours mounted of a January exit to Madrid before van de Beek committed himself to seeing out the current season in Amsterdam.He told reporters “we’ll see what happens later” when asked about the summer with the coming transfer market shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic and a global financial crash.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossDonny van de Beek shows his keepie uppie skills in Ajax training Previously, a fee of around £47million has been talked up with United reported to have once been close to a £20m deal.Spurs also made a play for van de Beek last year, according to Dutch media, ahead of losing playmaker Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.Van de Beek, who scored against Tottenham in last season’s Champions League semi-final, has 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this campaign with Ajax leading the Eredivisie on goal difference.2last_img read more

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Cowboys coffee and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Art fair, Renaissance artist, and other happenings around Costa Rica Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica Santa Cruz National FestivalWith its cowboy hats, horsemen, and old-fashioned outfits, the Santa Cruz National Festival can look like the set of an old Western movie. Taking place in an agricultural hub in rural Guanacaste, the fiestas are a chance to see livestock, traditional dance, marimba players, and real-life vaqueros in action. All kinds of meaty dishes and fully stocked bars await the peckish visitor, and live music abounds. You don’t need much of a plan – just wander almost any street in downtown Santa Cruz and take it all in.Las Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz continue through Jan. 18 in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Fri.-Sun., 12-9 p.m. Free. Info: Festival website.Coffee FairPrepare yourself for delicious caffeine – in every hue, texture, and temperature imaginable. The Feria del Café brings together coffee farmers from across the country to celebrate one of Costa Rica’s most beloved exports.Feria del Café takes place Jan. 16-18 in Frailes de Desamparados. Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Info: Event website. Film: “Mirage”Daniel is a tormented artist – but what happened in his past? And can the unstable painter even trust what he sees? Costa Rican director José Miguel González questions reality in his breakout feature film.“Espejismo” screens in various theaters across the country. For more information, visit the film’s Facebook page.Theater: “Family Wanted”From Mexican dramatist Berta Hiriart comes a musical for all ages about family – the good, the bad, and the happy surprises.“Se Busca Familia” performs Sundays at Teatro La Fortina, Heredia. 3 p.m. ₡4,500 ($9) children, ₡6,000 ($12) adults. Info: La Fortina website.Theater: “The Kings’ Dream”A collaborative production between Costa Rican and Chilean artists, “El Sueño de unos Reyes” explores the concepts of nationhood and identity through movement and multimedia.“El Sueño de unos Reyes” performs through Jan. 18 – Feb. 1 at Gráfica Genesis, Cathedral District, San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡3,000-4,000 ($6-8). Info: Gráfica Genesis website. Monuel Montero performs Spanish guitar. (Courtesy of RedCultura)Music: Manuel MonteroThe maestro of Spanish guitar releases his latest album, “Sólo,” at Casa España.Release party takes place Jan. 16 at Casa España, La Sabana. ₡8,000-10,000 ($16-20). Info: Casa España Facebook page.Fiestas de PalmaresOne of the biggest community events of the year, the Palmares festival attracts hordes of people from across the country for a saturnalia of beer, music, and horsemanship. This year’s festival will be headlined by Cultura Profética, the acclaimed reggae outfit. (Concert takes place Jan. 18 at 12 p.m.) There is also the beloved tope (or horse parade) on Jan. 15, plus the annual Comedy Festival on Jan. 16, for folks who can keep up with the Spanish-language humor.Las Fiestas de Palmares take place Jan. 14-26 in downtown Palmares. Free. Info: Palmares Facebook page, or read The Tico Times preview here.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Isabel Allende’s masterpiece comes to life during this stage adaptation by U.S. playwright Caridad Svich. After last year’s extremely successful run, Teatro Espressivo revives the Spanish-language production for a second round.“La Casa de los Espiritus” runs Jan. 15 – Feb. 15 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡10,000-15,000 ($20-30). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Film: “Maikol Yordan”From the madcap minds of “Media Docena,” the hit Costa Rican sketch show, comes their first feature film, a comedy about the well-meaning yokel Maikol Yordan. How will this goofy campesino fare on his globe-trotting tour? Find out by catching this super-Tico comedy at almost any local movie theater.“Maikol Yordan” screens at various cinemas across the country. For more information about the film, visit the official Facebook page.Exhibit: “Juan Rafael Mora”Recognized for his muttonchops and paternal demeanor, Juan Rafael Monge is widely considered the Abraham Lincoln of Costa Rica. The National Archives displays images of this founding father to the public.Exhibit continues through Feb. 28 at the National Archives, Zapote. Free. Info: Archives website. Facebook Commentscenter_img Music: Los WaldnersCheck out this quintessential Tico indie rock band at Area City Bar.Concert takes place Jan. 17 at Area City Bar, Barrio California, San José. 9 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura.last_img read more

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