Dembele leaves Tottenham to join China’s Guangzhou R&F

first_img0Shares0000Mousa Dembele is regarded as one of the finest midfielders in the English Premier League when fit, but his appearances have become increasingly limited because of injury © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLSHANGHAI, China, Jan 17 – Mousa Dembele became the latest high-profile name to swap Europe for China when he left English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and joined Guangzhou R&F on Thursday.The 31-year-old Belgian international will cost the Chinese Super League (CSL) club about 12 million euros ($13.5 million) and he can expect to receive a significant hike in wages. Dembele, who could soon be joined in China by West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic, is regarded as one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League when fit.But his appearances have become increasingly limited in recent seasons because of injury.“Now it feels like my family, part of my family,” Dembele told Spurs TV, reflecting on his departure after six-and-a-half years at the Premier League title challengers.“I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club.”Spurs said the transfer was subject to international clearance, which should be a formality.In February last year, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino described Dembele as being on a par with Diego Maradona.“I have said before that he is a genius of football,” said the Spurs boss at the time.But Dembele has been restricted to just seven starts for the London club this season because of an ankle ligament problem and Pochettino is looking to off-load fringe players.Dembele, who has more than 80 caps for Belgium, joined Tottenham in August 2012 from Fulham and in his pomp was a dynamic fulcrum in their midfield, as well as a crowd favourite.He started his career in his native Belgium before moves to Willem II and AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands.– Arnautovic next to China? –Dembele’s signing represents a coup for R&F — but also a risk, given his fitness problems.The club are not one of China’s traditional heavyweights and flirted with relegation from the CSL last season before finishing just below mid-table.Their coach is the former Yugoslav great Dragan Stojkovic.“Our club believes that as a world-class football star, Dembele’s joining will definitely enhance the overall strength of the team,” Guangzhou R&F said in a statement.Volatile West Ham forward Arnautovic, 29, is agitating for a move to China and was the subject of a reported 35-million-pound ($45-million) offer from an unnamed CSL club last week.Although the Hammers declared the Austria international not for sale, the player’s agent and brother Danijel said the player had a “great desire that West Ham accept the offer”.Shanghai SIPG are the side said to be interested and have reportedly offered Arnautovic a wage packet of 200,000 pounds per week over a four-year deal.Brazilians Oscar, Hulk and Alexandre Pato have all joined Chinese clubs in the last couple of years for large fees and on inflated wages.Argentine international stalwart Javier Mascherano left Barcelona for Hebei China Fortune a year ago, although Chinese authorities have moved to dampen the domestic transfer market.Former Chelsea star Oscar played a major role helping Shanghai SIPG to their first title when they won the latest CSL season, which ended in November.The new season begins in the spring.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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SCREAM ROOMS AND TRICK OR TREAT TRAILS FOR LETTERKENNY AT HALLOWEEN

first_imgGetting ready for Halloween in Letterkenny.Photo- Clive WassonLetterkenny Chamber of Commerce and ShopLK is once again hosting their Halloween Fest, bringing fun and games to all and plenty of frights to all!On Saturday 31st of October the town centre will be filled with spooky witches, ghouls, goblins and lots of fancy dress . There will be even more entertainment, face painting and the favourite trick or treat trail.Halloween is getting bigger and better in Letterkenny each year with lots of children and whole families getting in to the spirit of the holiday. There will be the trick or treat trail around the shops in Letterkenny, free face painting, the very popular photo booth, family games and story telling. There will be fancy dress competitions, a parade that’s also suitable for pets and lots more.To join in the Trick or treat trail come to the bandstand anytime from 12.30pm where where everyone gets a shoplk wristband and a list for trick or treat trail. For a little break from the trick or treating storytelling for all ages will be at 2.30pm in Cara House. Letterkenny CDP are holding their annual Monster Bash in the Courtyard Shopping Centre from 1pm. Register with them to take part in their fabulous fancy dress competition. The ever popular Photobooth complete with the Fred Flinstone Car will be there all afternoon on the top floor of the Courtyard Shopping centre and the town Team room on the ground floor will become the very scary scream room for the afternoon. Facepainting, games, withces brew and so much more all afternoon.At the same time Highland Radio will be broadcasting from 10am at Boots in the Letterkenny Retail Park with fun for all the family there too.Letterkenny Shopping Centre will also be in on the act with spooky activities all day. If you’ve been out all day in fancy dress why not join in the Halloween Parade. At 3.45pm lead by the Letterkenny Senior Accordian Band all types of crazy characters will parade from Gallaghers Hotel to the Market Square.If that’s not enough stay around and visit the Haunted House at Market Square and then join in the Cathedral Quarter concert with a fantastic line up at the Bandstand e from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.Get your costume ready for the huge Letterkenny Halloween Fest. Family fun at its best in Letterkenny12.30pm Registration for Trick or treat TrailScream RoomPhotobooth1pm Monster Bash & registration for the Fancy Dress Competition2.30pm Storytelling at Cara House3.45pm Halloween parade4.15pm Prize Giving4.30pm Haunted House at Cara House4.30pm Concert at Market SquareSCREAM ROOMS AND TRICK OR TREAT TRAILS FOR LETTERKENNY AT HALLOWEEN was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Halloweenletterkennylast_img read more

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NEW GOURMET BURGER MENU AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL: WIN A FAMILY NIGHT OUT

first_imgTO CELEBRATE its brand new gourmet burger menu at Cafe Renaissance, the Mount Errigal Hotel and Donegal Daily has teamed up to give a family of four a free night out.The mouth-watering menu at the top Letterkenny hotel has been a huge hit in recent days with locals and visitors alike.The Blue Cheese Burger, the Smokehouse Burger and the Tropical Burger have proved amongst the most popular. But there’s also the Turkey Burger and the Lamb Burger if you fancy something different.Our favourite is the Veggie Burger.All the Gourmet Burgers are cooked on the hotel’s very own Josper Charcoal Grill, the very latest in modern cooking methods.In order to win a Family Meal for two adults and two children, all you have to do is check out the menu on the link below and answer the following question: Q: Cafe Renaissance chefs use only the best Irish blue cheese on their Blue Cheese Burger. Where in Ireland does it come from?Email your answer to [email protected] and include a contact telephone number and where you’re from in County Donegal.Closing date is this Saturday, July 27 at 7pm.The prize is a meal for four including soft drinks for two adults and two children.You can see the entire menu by clicking the link here: http://www.mounterrigal.com/download/1/Burger%20Menu(3)_Layout%201.pdfNEW GOURMET BURGER MENU AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL: WIN A FAMILY NIGHT OUT was last modified: July 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NEW GOURMET BURGER MENU AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL: WIN A FAMILY NIGHT OUTlast_img read more

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