The France international has two years left on his contract at the North London club and has not signed a new deal. According to The Telegraph, the Gunners have already held talks with the striker over a contract extension before going to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The North London club’s manager Arsene Wenger remains confident that his compatriot will sign a new deal to extend his stay at Arsenal. Giroud was involved in an incident last season, where he was involved in an incident in calling a model to his hotel room.
However, Wenger still has faith on Giroud and is now hoping that the French World Cup striker could put pen on paper in signing a new deal. Arsenal allowed Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young leave the club after their contract expired. This leaves Wenger with Giroud as the only out-and-out striker in the squad.
Arsenal have signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and the Gunners boss is planning to field both the Chilean international and Giroud in the starting lineup. Thus, it will rule out any possibility of selecting either one of the two attackers during the team selection.
Earlier in April, Giroud had also expressed his desire to sign a new deal after admitting that he will be at Arsenal next season.
“Why not? [When asked if he would sign a new contract]. I have a contract until 2016 and I’m an Arsenal player. I want to be here next season, at least that’s my will,” Giroud told The Mirror.
The news could come as a welcome boost to Arsenal faithful, especially after Wenger has already sealed crucial deals in the transfer window. Also, the Gunners have managed to hold on to their star players as there has been no high-profile exit from the Emirates so far in this summer transfer window.
VIDEO: Manchester United 0-0 Inter Milan (5-3 on penalties) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United continued their preseason preparations with a shootout win over Serie A giants Inter Milan in New York, keeping up Louis van Gaal’s 100% record since taking over at Old Trafford.
Darren Fletcher, once again captain for the night, scored the winning spot-kick after Inter’s Marco Andreolli’s effort struck the bar.
Van Gaal fielded two almost completely different teams over the two halves, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Nani, Juan Mata, and new signing Ander Herrera all given the chance to impress.
Check out the Manchester United lineup and full match highlights below:
Manchester United first half: Lindegaard; Smalling, Jones, Evans; Valencia, Fletcher, Herrera, Young, Mata; Rooney, Welbeck
Second half: De Gea; M Keane, Evans, Blackett; Young, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa, Shaw; Zaha, Nani (Hernandez 77)
Slowly but surely, Atletico Madrid are rebuilding their team for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign. After having defied the odds to break the Real Madrid-Barcelona hegemony at the top of the table to claim the La Liga title, manager Diego Simeone lost two of his stars Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to Chelsea.
It is believed that Simeone wants to bring the Spaniard to strengthen his squad but the question for the Champions Legaue runners up would be whether they have the cash to bring in the player. Simeone has already spent €30m to get Griezmann and Cazorla might just be out of reach for the Madrid outfit.
Atletico are also interested to bring in out of favour Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to the Vicente Calderon. The Mexican has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and might hardly feature under new manager Louis Van Gaal. Moreover TMW have reported that Simeone recently spoke on the interest in the 26 year old saying, “Everything is possible. We seek players according to our budget.”
Hernandez has also attracted the interest of Italian giants Inter Milan with owner Erik Thohir very much interested to bring the player to the San Siro. Thohir recently said that his team needs a striker and a midfielder to compete for the Serie A title in the coming season. “It s’ obvious that we need to take a midfielder and a striker. But names do not help our strategies.”
Van Gaal issues warning to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and talks about City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The former Real Madrid manager took a swipe at the Red Devils for spending heavily in landing Luke Shaw as Mourinho says the West London club could not afford signing the left-back.
The Portuguese tactician was a part of Van Gaal’s coaching staff during his time at Barcelona.
United boss says that Mourinho will not be able have any impact by playing a psychological battle against Van Gaal. The Dutchman also says his side’s clash against Chelsea will be between two teams and not between two managers.
“I play against Chelsea and not against Jose Mourinho. My team and his team are playing against each other. No. He shall not do that with me. I’m not reacting to that kind of stuff,” The Telegraph reported Van Gaal as saying.
United finished seventh last season, while their derby rivals Manchester City won the Premier League. Van Gaal is not wary of the threat the Citizens will pose as he believes the Red Devils are capable of becoming the champions next season.
“It does not bother me whether they are 10 metres away or 30 kilometres away,” United manager explained.
“It [City’s success] is amazing because they were not a big club and now they are already champions and they have also won cups in the last three years.”
“They are knocking at the door, but that is good for Manchester United also because where there is competition you can be proud when you are the champion at the end and maybe we will be the champions,” Van Gaal said.
United will surely face competition from Chelsea and City, while Liverpool and Arsenal will compete and challenge in the title race. The upcoming campaign is going to exciting as there would b five clubs challenge for the Premier League title.
One of the five teams will miss out on a place in the Champions League and with United already missing for the upcoming campaign, Van Gaal would b hoping his side can qualify for the Champions League by winning the league title.
Louis van Gaal: United’s friendly win over Inter Milan ‘by far the best match’! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Premier League club faced the Italian outfit in a pre-season friendly in the ongoing International Champions Cup in Washington DC. Van Gaal saw his men register wins in the first two games, before the start of the fixture against Inter.
United had a comfortable 7-0 win over LA Galaxy, while defeating Inter’s league rivals AS Roma 3-2 in the next friendly. During the clash against the Nerazzurri, the game ended in a goalless draw before the course of the match had to be decided on penalties.
The Red Devils won 5-3 on penalties and the victory has seen the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager maintain his unbeaten record with United.
“I am very pleased. I think we played by far the best match of our sequence of three,” Van Gaal told United’s official website.
“They only had one shot on our goal and that was given by the referee [a free-kick], but I think we also created six or seven chances, so then it is seven against one.”
“I was very pleased with our ball possession; it was much better than the other matches. And I think also the positions were better covered.”
“So I was tonight very pleased with the performance of my players, both in the first half and the second half,” United manager added.
Inter had only one shot on target and that came from a free-kick. In other words, the San Siro outfit did not create any chance from open play. Despite the previous two games had seen several goals, Van Gaal is delighted cause his side did not allow Inter to create chances during the game.
Atletico hijack Liverpool deal for sensational winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool are set to beaten by Atletico Madrid in their pursuit of 18 year old dazzling Belgian winger Zakaria Bakkali from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. De Telegraaf have reported that the La Liga winners are close to reach out an agreement with the player after striking a deal worth around €2-3m. The Rojiblancos are currently discussing personal terms with the player.
Liverpool had earlier contacted PSV for Bakkali, whose contract is set to expire with the Dutch club in June 2015. Portuguese giants are also interested in acquiring the player’s services but Atletico now appear to have won the race for the Belgian sensation.
The versatile winger created quite a stir attracting enviable glances from the football fraternity when he become the youngest Eredivisie player of score a hat-trick, at just the tender age of 17 years. Brendan Rodgers’ interest on the player was understandable.
The dazzling youngster is immensely versatile likened to a similar playing of Raheem Sterling, the latter who has fit in wonderfully in the Liverpool starting lineup thanks to his dynamism and poise on the ball. Bakkali’s meteoric rise has also seen him becoming the youngest player on the Belgian national team after joining PSV in 2008.
PSG ready to use Manchester United target to lure €80m winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A new twist in the Angel di Maria saga has come up. Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign the Argentine, but Spanish newspaper AS believe that the move is too late as the winger is all set to join PSG.
To be honest, we’ve been hearing this for quite some time now. We all know, PSG want to sign him and are even willing to pay €80m for him. But there is this obstacle called FFP that is keeping their high flying ambitions in check.
So, what alternative do they have? Both French and Spanish media have time to time noted that the only way PSG can buy Di Maria (note they already paid a ridiculous sum for David Luiz) is by selling some of their star players to recoup the money. At this moment, Edinson Cavani represents the best value but there aren’t many clubs around who can actually pay north of €80m transfer fee.
Mundo Deportivo reckons that PSG are considering the possibility of including Marco Verrati as a part of the deal for Di Maria, to lower the fee and comply with financial fair play rules. Carlo Ancelotti is happy with this option as he likes Verrati a lot, having signed him at PSG, and wanted to bring him at Madrid before.
Veratti is also known to be a reported target of Manchester United, with reports from Le 10 Sport claiming recently that the Old Trafford giants could be willing to make a big financial effort to secure his services.
Last but not the least – a) the report has come from the Catalan press and b) frankly, we are now tired of this saga!
Many Arsenal fans have asked us via the comment section and on our twitter account to share the latest update on Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, who was heavily linked with a move to join Arsenal last month.
A quick recap on the situation so far:
- Khedira had an injury plagued campaign last season but played a major role in Germany’s World Cup triumph over Argentina in Brazil. Real Madrid signed German midfielder Toni Kroos leading Spanish media speculate that his arrival might force Khedira out of Bernabeu this summer.
- Catalan newspaper Sport added fuel to the fire claiming last month that Arsenal had more or less secured a deal for him.
- Goal.com with their trademark Exclusive further claimed that Khedira’s move to Arsenal was in doubt as his wage demand of £200k-per-week proving too much for the Gunners.
- Bombshell came from The Times, who reported that Arsenal were in pole position to sign the German midfielder. They claimed that the Gunners were working hard behind the scene to pull off this deal.
- Arsenal were willing to pay £23m for khedira while Chelsea were also interested in signing him as well.
All such hopes were dashed in the dust when El Confidencial reported that Khedira has taken a shock u-turn to stay with Real Madrid and will publicly apologise for this transfer imbroglio. We still don’t know why he need to do that.
Today Marca claim that Khedira is going nowhere as he is central to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans for next season. Despite the advances of the Gunners he has rejected the chances to join Arsenal in the summer. Bayern Munich have shown an interest in him but it is too late now. That ends the Khedira to Arsenal saga for now.
Marca also claim that the 27-year-old wants to join Bayern Munich after holding talks with boss Pep Guardiola, with the German champions want him to see out his final year of his contract in order to make a free transfer move next year.
Manchester United player in talks to leave Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Marouane Fellaini’s horrid time at Old Trafford might soon come to an end is reports from the reliable Italian website TMW is to be believed. The report has cited the front page headline from Il Matino which states, “Fellaini in the viewfinder, Napoli is serious.”
The recent developments hardly comes as a surprise after CalcioNapoli24 had earlier reported that Napoli director Riccardo Bigon met the player at a hotel in Brussels to discuss on a possible deal to bring the him to Stadio Sao Paolo.
The Partenopei are currently negotiating for the purchase of the midfielder from the Red Devils but at the moment, both the parties are far from reaching an agreement. Moreover the 26 year old’s whopping demands of €5m wages per year would definitely be a stumbling block for the Italian side. Moreover United’s evaluation of the player stands at €20m which would be tough for Napoli to meet, hence a loan deal looks the most viable option.
Fellaini was signed for £27m from Everton last season by the then manager David Moyes but the player failed to live up to his price billing, struggling to settle in and hardly mustering a starting eleven spot.
Now with Dutch legend Louis Van Gaal in charge, the former Everton midfielder’s career at Old Trafford could soon be over after the club signed Ander Hererra from Athletic Bilbao this summer, which inhindsight means Fellaini would further fall down the pecking order for a strating eleven spot.
Chelsea offer €25m for top Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted recently (after signing Filipe Luis) that the Blues had completed all their transfer businesses in the summer. Whether they will sign anymore players before the transfer window closes remains to be seen, but if the reports from Spain are to believed, Chelsea are plotting an audacious move to sign Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian defender Miranda, who is also a reported target of Manchester United.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United heavily this summer. Back in May, the player himself revealed that he was negotiating offers with several Premier League clubs, while El Confidencial in June claimed that Manchester United were set to trigger his €30m release clause. AS further claimed that the Brazil international had even started to find schools in Manchester for his children.
Probably, there was an interest. And a strong one. But the deal didn’t materialise. According to our observation, Atletico are unwilling to do any business unless his release clause is met. And the Rojiblancos have a valid reason for it. Having already sold two of their best players last season, it’s imperative they would be trying to hold on to their other star players, if not, at least would be looking to get the best values out of the transfers so that they can re-invest in the squad properly.
Today, Marca claim that Chelsea have also joined the party and have submitted a €25m offer for the defender. However, as with the cases of other interested clubs, the Blues were told to cough up at least €5m more to enter into any sort of negotiations.
Do you think Chelsea need another central defender? Plus do they need to pay €30m for a 29-year-old Brazilian? Share your thoughts below.
Liverpool close to completing €15m transfer, deal done claim Spanish media - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Daniel Agger is facing an uncertain future at Liverpool. The 29-year-old defender dropped down the pecking order at the club last season behind Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel and is likely to slip further down the list, with Liverpool adding yet another central defender in Dejan Lovren from Southampton this summer.
This week, Catalan newspaper Sport have been primarily focussing on Agger, claiming that Barcelona are looking to sign a ball-playing defender to fill the void left by Carles Puyol. PSG defender Marquinhos is thought to be their primary target but the Catalan club are keeping their options open, with the likes of Agger, Vermaelen, Blind and Vertonghen are considered as back up options.
Early this week, Sport claimed that Barcelona are quite hesitant in pushing through the deal, keeping in mind Agger’s poor injury record. However, for the last couple of days, they have been reporting that Liverpool are willing to sell for him for around €15m, and that a deal is as good as done (Barcelona are said to have completed a personal agreement with him), albeit Agger is seen primarily as a back-up option for Marquinhos and Barcelona will only sign him, should they fail to land the former Roma defender.
Danish football manager Morten Olsen said that Agger is a typical ball-playing, stylish defender who is equally good in defence and going forward, hinting that the Denmark international could be an ideal fit for the Spanish giants.
Agger joined Liverpool under Rafael Benitez in 2006 and since then has been one of the pillar of strength for the Reds in defence. However, it seems like his time is up at Anfield.
French winger Antoine Griezmann has completed his moved to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid from Real Sociedad in a deal worth £24 million.
The 23-year-old has signed a six-year contract at the club after completing his medical. Atletico announced the news on their website earlier today.
He became a target for Arsenal and Tottenham after scoring 20 goals in 50 games in all competitions last season. He spent nine years at Real Sociedad but felt it was time to move on as he rejected a contract extension earlier this summer.
Atletico’s Director of Football, Jose Luis Perez, said: “Antoine was a priority for us and fortunately, we’ve made it happen. He’s one of our league’s most important players as demonstrated in Real Sociedad.
“He easily manages both on the sidelines and the midfield thanks to his speed, he scores, has a great shot and does great assists.
“His arrival is great news for our club.”
His former team, Sociedad, said in a statement: “Real Sociedad would like to thank Antoine Griezmann for the dedication and professional attitude that he showed during his time with us.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish him all the very best in his future ventures, both professional and personal.”
Brazil’s ill-fated World Cup manager back in work… in Brazil! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luiz Felipe Scolari isn’t the most popular man in Brazil right now, held accountable by a section of the national fans for the biggest demoralization of their national team in history. You surely don’t need to be reminded of the game in question; a 7-1 mauling by Germany, in their own World Cup.
To see a team of such stature get beaten in their own back yard, sending them crashing out of the tournament, after being considered favorites to win the grand prize, prior to the first game on June 12th, was a moment in history that will not be forgotten quickly.
The team preceded the finals with some very lackluster performances in the friendly warm-up games, but Scolari lashed out at the press’s questioning of his team with harsh comments and shades of arrogance.
This kind of behavior is easier to brush aside if you send your team out on the pitch and dominate, but much less so if you scrape through each game unconvincingly. And if you culminate in self-destruction, it comes back to bite you in the ass.
Within two days of losing the 3rd / 4th place play-off to Holland, in another big loss by Brazilian standards (3-0), Big Phil resigned from his post. The resignation appears very much to been a gesture of goodwill to the 65-year-old, who would inevitably have been sacked under public pressure had he tried to retain the position. Especially if his ‘my way or the highway’ attitude lingered.
Looking past the World Cup
Scolari will be returning to Gremio, who are in the Brazilian top tier; Campeonato Serie A. It is a club he has managed twice before, most notably in ’93 to ’96 but also with success in ’87. The Brazilian’s second spell in Porto Alegre saw Gremio reap trophies galore, something they have struggled to replicate since.
Will Big Phil bring the glory days back to Gremio? Can he restore his reputation with the kind of morale and team spirit of his preceding stint at the club?
Manchester City have a squad full of exceptional talent, but if you asked the fans for one player they would most hate to lose, Yaya Toure would be one of the most mentioned names. The only player likely to come close to Toure would be Vincent Kompany and in a team so full of talented, world class stars, that is a huge testament to the ability of the Ivory Coast international.
Toure plays a very integral role in the middle of the park for City; reading the game intelligently, creating chances, putting in crunching tackles, carving out opportunities, and even bombing forward and scoring himself. Without his influence on the game, there would be a huge hole left behind and a massive impact on their style and the way they play.
So it is with great relief that Man City fans hear the midfielder state his confirmed allegiance to the club.
Summer of reported discontent
When the close season first began, there were a lot of rumors of the player’s discontentment with his employers and his agent was very outspoken about Toure being unhappy about his treatment at City, suggesting he was looking for offers to come in from the European big-boys. The Ivorian himself did his best to stay out of the spotlight and tried to get through the World Cup with a resounding “No comment”. Except for some statements about Paris Saint-Germain, which were largely misconstrued, he nearly achieved it.
Toure and his agent both confirmed earlier in the month that he was not looking into any offers now, and would be spending the next season at the City of Manchester. The interview with Sky Sports was music to the ears, but we have all heard similar words from footballers before and then a deal materializes soon after.
Official club website statement
“It was not a case of me wanting to leave the club. I stayed quiet, I believe that is the right way, and at the end of the day it’s my decision. I will stay at Man City for as long as possible.”
The affirmation on the club’s official website has made it clear that the key-man will be wearing the sky blue of Manchester City in the upcoming Premier League season and is determined to be just as essential to the Citizens, in their search for back-to-back Premier League titles.
Manchester United and Chelsea suffer blow in signing midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The England international has strongly been linked with a move away from the Toffees, with reports suggesting that Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in securing a deal for Barkley.
However, the 20-year-old has now committed his future to Everton as his new deal runs down in 2018.
“Ross Barkley has committed his long-term future to Everton by signing a new contract at Goodison Park,” Everton released a statement on their official website.
“The 20-year-old midfielder has put pen-to-paper on a new four-year agreement, meaning he will remain with the Club until at least the end of the 2017/18 season.”
After signing a new deal, Barkley has urged to help the club to become better over the years.
“As soon as I got told about it, I knew I was going to sign. It means everything, signing the new contract. It is a dream to have been playing for Everton all my life and today is a great thing for me,” Barkley told the club’s official website.
“I am settled in at Everton, this is the Club I love. I see it as my home, I never think of anything away from Goodison.”
“Putting pen-to-paper is great and now I want to focus on doing everything right on the pitch and that will hopefully lead to bigger and better things here,” the England midfielder concluded.
The new kit is blue in colour and is their third kit for the 2014-15 season. The Red Devils had released their home and away kit. Louis van Gaal’s side have played in the two pre-season friendly fixtures.
“For the much-anticipated 2014/15 season, ManUtd.com is proud to announce that Manchester United will wear a stylish and innovative new third kit,” a statement on United’s official website read.
“With two different tones of blue, the Nike design is inspired by the club’s tradition of wearing blue kits throughout the 1980s, as well as the iconic strip worn by Sir Matt Busby’s men during the 1968 European Cup final triumph over Benfica at Wembley.”
During their first pre-season 7-0 win over LA Galaxy, United were in their home kit. Meanwhile, United were wearing their away kit during their 3-2 win against AS Roma. They face Inter Milan on Wednesday mid-night.
You can see the third kit in action tonight, when Louis van Gaal’s side take on Inter Milan in Washington DC. #MUFCkit
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 29, 2014
United will be wearing their third kit for their game against Italian outfit Inter Milan, who will be led by the former United skipper Nemanja Vidic.
Arsenal player with no future heading for Emirates exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Last season, the Gunners had Bacary Sagna as the first choice right-back in the squad, with Jenkinson playing second fiddle to him. However, the French international has left the club on a free transfer and completed his switch to Manchester City.
With Sagna’s departure, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed his compatriot Mathieu Debuchy to replace Sagna. Meanwhile, the North London further added another player as Wenger signed Calum Chambers from Southampton.
The 19-year-old can play in multiple positions and that includes the right-back position. With Debuchy and Chambers, Jenkinson has dropped further down the pecking order.
According to The Times, Jenkinson could leave the Emirates this summer, but only for a season-long loan. Premier League outfit West Ham United are keen on signing the defender on-loan for the next season.
However, the London club could face competition from Hull City in taking Jenkinson on loan. The Times says the English player has no future at the Emirates. He could leave the club temporarily and hope to impress during his time on loan away from Arsenal.
With Debuchy at 29, he is likely to have a few more years at the top and Arsenal need to find a replacement. In addition to this, Chambers can be deployed as a central defender and that could leave Jenkinson to be a part of Arsenal’s first team.
This is just a possibility and it should be seen if Jenkinson will be at the Emirates or not beyond the summer transfer window. And should he leave, will it be on-loan or on a permanent move.
Arsenal and Tottenham’s PL target hints at summer exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The France international has been linked with a move to the North London clubs, with both the Gunners and Spurs keen on signing the midfielder. Arsene Wenger’s side are keen on signing the 24-year-old, but in recent times their arch-rivals have joined the race in signing Schneiderlin.
The Saints midfielder has expressed his frustrating on Twitter saying that his amazing time at St Mary’s Stadium has been destroyed in one hour.
” 6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!” Schneiderlin tweeted.
6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!
— Morgan Schneiderlin (@SchneiderlinMo4) July 29, 2014
Should he leave his current employers in the summer transfer window, he will be Southampton’s sixth player to leave the South Coast. The Saints have already lost Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, with defenders Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Calum Chambers signing Arsenal.
Liverpool join the race to sign French dazzling winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Hatem Ben Arfa faces an uncertain future at Newcastle United. The highly talented French winger has been at odds with Alan Pardew, ever since he openly criticised the Newcastle manager’s tactics last season. He admitted to being ‘sad and frustrated’ under Pardew and the relationship between the two hasn’t been on the same plane since then, which only points out to Ben Arfa’s exit from Tyneside.
According to reports from France Football (in their latest issue) several Premier League clubs have been showing a keen interest in him, with Liverpool, Lyon and Everton could one of his possible destinations in the summer.
The 27-year-old is a mighty gifted player but his attitude has often come under scanner from time to time. He has this natural ability of dribbling past players and has this uncanny knack of producing something sensational out of nothing.
This summer is simply massive for Liverpool. If the last season was a season of introspection, then this has to be a season of expectation for the Liverpool fans. Brendan Rodgers has been backed with funds and he made no mistake in bringing in quality players, and there is a positive vibe around Anfield, despite the departure of talisman striker Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona.
The Reds have already signed couple of attacking midfielders/forwards like Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, which probably means Rodgers won’t be looking to sign another attacking player this summer. Or may be not.
Liverpool have completed the signing of Belgium striker Divock Origi from Lille after the 19 year old flew down to he United States to join the Reds in their pre season preparations. The deal agreed for the player is reported to be at £10m.
The player will be immediately loaned back to Lille for the 2014-15 season. Origi however expressed his delighted on having joined the English giants saying, “I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I’m very excited.”
“I know it’s a club with a great history, great fans and a lot of great players. For me, Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world and I’m very excited to be part of this great history.”