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Rüdiger "starts talks with Madrid, Bayern, PSG and Juventus"

The current contract of the German central defender at Stamford Bridge expires in six months - that is, he can discuss a transfer tax with other European clubs this month. (Author: Gardener)

MadridChelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger has entered pre-contractual talks with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus Turin about a summer change. The German center-back's current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in six months - which means he can discuss a free transfer with other European clubs - with Chelsea so far making no attempts to agree new terms. Rüdiger has been cautious about his future but has been heavily linked with a move to Madrid. Their players reportedly believe he will join and be reunited with former Chelsea teammates Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard. And he wasted no time investigating the sizeable interest in his signature, according to Sky Sports, who believe the top four teams have all started talks with him about a possible transfer allowance in six months. Chelsea have not given up hope of convincing the player to sign a new contract, the report goes on to say, while Rüdiger's camp also did not rule out dedicating his future to the West London club. But they have so far been unable to agree on his salary as Chelsea's £ 140,000 a week was deemed insufficient. Rüdiger and his team refused because he would earn only half as much as the club's top earner, according to the Sky report. Chelsea are facing some sort of defensive crisis as Andreas Christensen and captain Cesar Azpilicueta are three other players whose contracts expire this summer, meaning the club could soon see an exodus. Rüdiger should give everything for Chelsea for the rest of the season after his Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as coach last season. After the club legend was sacked, he quickly became an important part of Tuchel's team and won the Champions League in the summer. Rüdiger has played 166 times for the Blues since moving from Roma in 2017 and also won the FA Cup and the Europa League during his time at the club.

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Alexander Isak "close" to Arsenal transfer when Gunner's eye is surprised, PSG attack

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could be injecting money again this month as the Gunners reportedly have their sights on a long-term replacement for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Author: Gardener)

Alexander IsakArsenal boss Mikel Arteta could inject cash again this month as the Gunners reportedly envisage a long-term replacement for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang cash again in January to boost their bid to finish in the top four. Despite Mikel Arteta's absence, the Gunners put on a formidable performance against champions Manchester City in Saturday's late 2-1 loss. Arsenal may have missed out, but their performance was further evidence of the progress the North Londoners have made under Arteta this year. The Spaniard now has the perfect opportunity to refine his squad over the next month to give the Gunners a fighting chance to bring Champions League football back to the Emirates after a five-year absence. Arsenal set to "nearly" win the race for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak Given the recent controversy surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it should come as no surprise that Arteta is combing the market for a long-term replacement for the Gabon star. Swedish striker Alexander Isak has been constantly linked to the Gunners and a new report from El Nacional now claims that Arsenal won the race to be the Real Sociedad killer. The report said Sociedad prevented Isak from joining La Liga rivals Barcelona - with the Gunners reportedly “close” to sealing a deal for the 22-year-old. Arsenal are reportedly considering a move to bring Gini Wijnaldum back to the Premier League Paris Saint-Germain underdogs Georginio Wijnaldum could be offered a quick return to the Premier League, according to Arsenal's Four Four Two. The report shows the Gunners are poised to bolster their midfield for the remainder of the season with a temporary deal for the former Liverpool ace. Wijnaldum signed a three-year deal with the French giants after his Anfield contract expired in the summer. AS Roma have submitted an offer to bring Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Italy on loan. AS Roma have made a specific proposal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal, according to The Athletic. The Italian giants have submitted a loan offer for the Gunners midfielder with the option of a permanent contract in the summer. According to the report, Roma are keen to get a permanent contract for Maitland-Niles but do not currently have the financial means to do so. Jose Mourinho's squad are looking to sack a trio of players - Pau Lopez, Justin Kluivert and Cengiz Under - over the next few months in an attempt to raise funds to bring the 24-year-old ace to Italy forever this summer. It remains to be seen whether the Gunners will be inclined to leave Maitland-Niles temporarily in January. Roma's move comes just months after Arteta blocked a midfielder leaving who expressed dissatisfaction with the club over the summer.

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Mbappe hat trick shoots PSG into the last 16 of the French Cup

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat trick when Paris Saint-Germain overcame its Covid crisis and a drone-related hiatus to enter the French Cup last 16 with a 4-0 win over fourth division side Vannes on Monday. (Author: Gardener)

the French CupKylian Mbappe scored a hat trick when Paris Saint-Germain overcame its Covid crisis and a drone-related hiatus to enter the French Cup last 16 with a 4-0 win over fourth division side Vannes on Monday. Despite the absence of five PSG players, including superstars Lionel Messi and Danilo, after testing positive for Covid-19, Mauricio Pochettino's side never worried about Brittany's minnows. Armband defender Presnel Kimpembe headed a head after 28 minutes, shortly after play was paused for a minute after a drone flew over Rabine Stadium in western France. Just an hour ago, Kimpembe prepared Mbappe for second place, with the French striker completing a hat trick within 18 minutes. Mbappe added a second after 71 minutes after a good job by Marco Verratti and Xavi Simons added a third six minutes later, scoring his 150th goal in the PSG shirt. "I am happy that we are starting again," said World Cup winner Mbappe. His (Mbappe) goals were the icing on the cake. "We made a few adjustments at halftime, including the positioning of the midfielders. The dream of the Vannes Cup was over, and Brittany also missed its hoped for gold mine after the French government's audience restrictions of 5,000, which are only allowed at outdoor events was." Vannes had hoped for a sell-off of 9,600 and, according to President Maxime Ray, will forego a turnover of 250,000 euros "We had four Covid cases, which have now become seven," said Lille coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, without naming the players - test all players early tomorrow (Tuesday). "The drone incident on Monday was another in a series of problems French football has had since the beginning of the 2021/22 season. Sunday's cup match between fourth division Jura Sud and Saint- Etienn e in Louhans was interrupted for about 20 minutes by supporters of the Greens because of smoke and fireworks. Cedric Mensah, goalkeeper of Jura Sud, described his shock on Monday after the spectator problems of his team in a 4-1 defeat in the French Cup against the Ligue 1 team Saint-Etienne had "cut their legs" and I got the impression that a bomb went off and the pitch was vibrating, "he said.

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Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus open talks with Chelsea defenders

Antonio Rüdiger is without a contract at the end of the season and can talk to foreign clubs about a preliminary contract; Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus are all in talks with their representatives; Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick is also an admirer of the Chelsea defender (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaRüdiger's Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and he can now discuss a deal with foreign clubs ahead of a free transfer this summer. Chelsea are still keen to renew Rüdiger's contract and staying at Stamford Bridge has not been ruled out from the German international's camp. However, the Blues' most recent offer, made earlier in the season, was turned down by Rudiger and his agents on the promise of only paying him half of the income of the club's top earners. Despite the uncertainty about his future, Rudiger will stay with Chelsea for the remainder of his contract, focusing on helping Thomas Tuchel's side achieve their goals. Tuchel continues to rely on Rüdiger, the head coach starts his compatriot in 20 Premier League games this season - most of all Chelsea outfield players. Rüdiger came to Chelsea from Roma in July 2017 and won the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League with the club. Chelsea could expect more defensive departures this summer, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen also seeing their contracts expire this summer. However, Thiago Silva will stay at Stamford Bridge for the next season after signing a one-year contract extension on Monday. Stay up to date with the latest transfer news and rumors on our dedicated Transfer Center blog on Sky Sports digital platforms. You can also find out about the specifics and analyzes at Sky Sports News. Follow every Chelsea Premier League game this season using our live blogs on the Sky Sports website and app, and check out the game highlights for free shortly after full-time. Bookmark our Chelsea news page, see Chelsea's fixtures and the latest Chelsea results, watch Chelsea goals and videos, keep track of the Premier League table and see which Chelsea -Games are pending live on Sky Sports. Get all of this and more - including notifications sent straight to your phone - by downloading the Sky Sports Scores app and making Chelsea your favorite team. Hear the Premier League's best reactions and expert analysis with Essential Football and Gary Neville podcasts, keep up to date with our dedicated transfer center, follow Sky Sports social accounts on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and learn how to use Sky get sports.

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PSG cooperates with graffiti art icon Crash on the relaunch of the Champs Elysees

Spray can guru John Matos on CBS Sports about football, basketball and Paris that are "cooler" than Manhattan (Author: Gardener)

the Champs ElyseesParis Saint-Germain opened its new and relocated Champs-Elysees club store on Monday after moving from number 27 of the French capital's most famous avenue to number 92 and a sprawling 3,983 square meter commercial space over two floors - an upgrade The growing global appeal of the Ligue 1 giants. "This opening on the most beautiful avenue in the world is an important sign of the international appeal of the club," said Fabien Allegre, brand director of the club, in an official press release. "This is a historic day for PSG and a clear sign that the work of the last 10 years is paying off." Part of the grand opening is a collaboration with the graffiti artist Crash, also known as John Matos, and the Tango Hotel, who specialize in bringing wearable art to a wider audience, with the American creator already in France after decades of work is known. "My first collaboration with PSG was accidental," Crash told CBS Sports exclusively. "I happened to be in Paris and a friend of mine from Miami, Abstract, happened to be there too." At first I said no, but in the end I helped him. We painted in the stadium and it became known through my French followers that I was there. Someone came over for an interview and I kept referring them to Abstract because it was their thing, but so far it has only been snowballing. "Crash, who is over 60 and has a strong French following along with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, revealed that the inspiration for this latest collaboration came on his way to the beach in Hawaii. "This is a fast-moving project," he said. We worked together in 2020 and 2021 and I happened to be in Hawaii this May and we talked about doing another basketball thing. "When I went to the beach, I saw these kittens playing soccer and it occurred to me that we could play soccer instead of a basketball. I went back to the hotel and contacted Saul (Cattan) to ask. I have a conversation noticed that I know some people at PSG and that's how it came about. " PSG has established itself as a leading club in soccer meets lifestyle crossover in recent years, with the collaboration with the Jordan brand being particularly popular with today's NBA stars and young fans with Crash, who noted the strong American influence: "PSG has always been very youth-oriented, at least for me, "he said. "The club is a little over 50 years old and relatively young compared to others in Europe." . Like soccer, basketball is a beautiful sport with flow and just the right thing at the right time. PSG has a collection of murals in Parc des Princes dedicated to legendary players and designed by local artists ESTIM, which made a special impression on Crash on his recent visit to the French capital. "When I went into the stadium I saw pictures but the murals blew me away," said Crash. "Abstract was also involved in the design of the Miami Heat kit. I did four huge murals for Heat's VIP lounge, that's kind of cool. It's not as far as PSG, however, which is fully integrated and just knocks me out . "Although COVID-19 prevented Crash from attending the Champs Elysees event in person, he returns to Paris regularly and is grateful to the city for its role in its development over the years along with friends Basquiat and Haring. "Paris is one of my favorite cities," he said. I worked with Keith in 1984 and it was my first trip to Paris! He and I made a lovely mural together. After all, Crash was born in the Bronx in New York and is drawn to the familiar melting pot of Paris and recognizes the role the French public - the capital and beyond - has played in its growing popularity over the years. "Paris is a cooler version of Manhattan," said Crash. That's why I feel at home. I love the French and it's fun how they were so supportive. It helps - I feel great there. ”“ When we first teamed up with Crash, we loved everything about it and the fans pulled in and really embraced this graffiti-style art, ”added Cattan to take the next step and partner with PSG, which is all about culture. "The first drop of the PSGxCrashxTangoHotel collection in PSG's Champs Elysees store includes basketball jerseys, hoodies, t-shirts, hats and balls.

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Broadcast news LIVE! PSG identify Mbappe replacement, no later than Haaland Barcelona; Rumors about Chelsea and Arsenal

Broadcast news LIVE! PSG identify Mbappe replacement, no later than Haaland Barcelona; Chelsea and Arsenal Rumors - (Author: Gardener)

Haaland BarcelonaMuch of today's key news revolves around Romelu Lukaku after the Chelsea striker was disfellowshipped in the Liverpool draw yesterday due to an explosive interview. Lukaku is set to meet with Thomas Tuchel today and it appears Chelsea have no intention of reducing their losses with a sale in January but reports in the Italian press claim the Belgian is keen to force a shock move to Tottenham, where he would be again -united with Antonio Conte. Antonio Rüdiger is another blues star who has met with interest at Real Madrid, one of four clubs reportedly under discussion to sign the defender on a free transfer this summer. On the continent, meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has been catching up on the latest reports on his club's proposed move to Kylian Mbappe, while Barcelona President Joan Laporta has discussed the chances of Erling Haaland's move. Stay up to date with all the breaking transfer news, rumors and gossip using Standard Sport's LIVE blog below! 10:13 p.m., Marc Mayo Sevilla could rival Arsenal and Tottenham for Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski. Spanish newspaper Sport say a bid of around £ 30m will be enough to sign the Swede - but Sevilla can't afford such a deal until summer is most likely on the cards. 21:55, Marc Mayo The Telegraph reports on Tottenham chasing Adama Traore from the wolves. A fee of around £ 20m is said to be enough to entice the Molineux club into selling the winger who started on the bench for today's win at Manchester United. West Ham are also mentioned as interested. 9:42 p.m., Marc Mayo PSG could attempt to capture one of Real Madrid's key players in the hunt for Mbappe. El Nacional claim Casemiro is a top target for the French club in their search for a new central midfielder ready to wait their time and approach the deal carefully, with a summer offer on their agenda. Paul Pogba, Marcelo Brozovic and Franck Kessie have also reportedly been interested in Les Parisiens. 9:33 p.m., Marc Mayo Mauricio Pochettino will ask PSG to bid for Joao Felix if Kylian Mbappe moves to Real Madrid already on their radar as Spanish Outlet Sport reports that Felix Pochettino's ideal new signing is amid competition from Juventus and Manchester City. 21:19, Marc Mayo Mauro Icardi is about to join Juventus after allegedly fighting with Lionel Messi. Der Spiegel claim that Juventus are in pole position to sign the PSG striker, who fell out of favor under Mauricio Pochettino. Calciomercato adds that Manchester United are interested in replacing Edinson Cavani. Icardi is even said to think that Messi is behind his lack of appointments for Argentina in recent years ... 9:05 pm, Marc Mayo West Ham is in talks about a deal for Gabriel Barbosa The Brazilian, known as Gabigol, was a child prodigy, who struggled at Inter Milan and now plays for Flamengo. A move to England is said to interest the 25-year-old, along with three other Premier League teams to pursue him as he tries to cement his place in the Brazilian World Cup squad. The Hammers are known for chasing down a striker who assists Mikhail Antonio in their attempt for a top four finish. 8:36 p.m., Marc Mayo Jonathan Dinzeyi and Nikolaj Möller are back at Arsenal after their loan. Dinzeyi only made three appearances for League Two Carlisle, while Moller made 13 appearances for German third division club Viktoria Köln. 8:12 p.m., Marc Mayo Four teams are to negotiate a preliminary contract with Antonio Rüdiger. The Chelsea man is free to discuss a summer move with European clubs before his blues deal expires in June. According to Sky Sports, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG, all of them have contacted Rüdiger's warehouse. Chelsea sealed the future of Thiago Silva tonight, while Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are also out of contract this year. 7:54 p.m., Marc Mayo The Scot reports that Rangers defense attorney Nathan Patterson arrived on Merseyside today for medical treatment in Everton. An initial £ 12 million deal to get the 20-year-old to Goodison Park could rise to £ 16 million with the move set to be confirmed in the coming days. 7:33 pm, Marc Mayo Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo will leave Real Madrid this summer to shed over £ 50m in wages. The trio no longer has a contract at the end of the campaign and Los Blancos are linked with relocations for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. According to AS, Madrid have chosen Bale to be among the top earners at £ 600,000 a week. 7:05 p.m., Marc Mayo Crystal Palace is reportedly keen on Dundee United defender Kerr Smith. The 17-year-old would join the Eagles' youth, according to Football Scotland. Kerr was previously interested in Manchester United and Aston Villa and contract until 2023. 6.41pm. Marc Mayo Antonio Conte has remained cautious about his plans for the January window. The Tottenham boss told reporters this afternoon, "My expectation is to speak to my club and then give them my opinion." The club will know after I speak and what decision they want to make. "6:21 pm , Marc Mayo Arsenal have to deal with competition when looking for Borussia Mönchengladbach star Denis Zakaria. The Gunners are heavily linked to a move for the soon-to-be-available midfielder, whose contract expires in the summer. Manchester United and Liverpool are also linked but Daily Mail are now claiming Aston Villa are interested in a move for the Swiss international. 5:51 pm, Marc Mayo "Playing here with Chelsea is a real pleasure," he told the club's website. "I never thought that I would play three years here at this great club, so I am very happy to stay another season." I would also like to thank my family, the club, Marina and Mr Abramovich for this opportunity . I will continue to give everything for this club and for the fans who have been by my side since I arrived. I'll give everything to play at this level in the world's most important league. ”5:40 pm, Marc Mayo Thiago Silva has signed a new contract with Chelsea until 2023. 5:21 p.m., Marc Mayo Celtic is set to drive the £ 6.5m deal to sign loanee Jota from Benfica. The winger has scored eight goals since Arrival at Parkhead and A Bola report on Celtic's ongoing talks about a permanent move which they initially oppose. 4:52 p.m., Marc Mayo One, who should pay attention to the future when the Bundesliga club Augsburg concludes a deal for the FC Dallas youngster Ricardo Pepi. The move of 14.5 million pounds was confirmed today with striker Pepi: was my dream "I think Augsburg and the Bundesliga will be the perfect conditions for me to collect match practice at the highest level as a youngster." 16:26, Marc Mayo Fiorentina shooter Dusan Vlahovic has given an update on his future amid ties with Arsenal, Tottenham, Real Madrid and several top clubs. He told the Russian outlet Politika: “I've said it several times so far. We have a good team, great players, great support from the fans. 16:08, Marc Mayo Ahead of today's game against Manchester United, Covid hit Wolves midfielder Ryan Giles called back from his loan at Cardiff. "Good luck for the future," confirmed a Bluebirds statement. after they last played on December 19. We called Ryan Giles back from his Cardiff City loan to work with Bruno Lage's squad.— Wolves (@Wolves) January 3, 2022 3:51 PM, Malik Ouzia The Athletic report that Roma have made a formal offer for Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, saying the deal would include an option to buy, with the Serie A team keen to bring the England international on, but will not be able to do so during this window. Whether Arsenal would sanction his departure at this point? However, the stage remains to be seen as the central one Midfielders Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny have both gone to AFCON. 15:34, Malik Ouzia We told you earlier about Joan Laporta's bullish remarks about the resurgence of the Barcelona transfer market. Well, the Nou Camp boss was also specifically asked about the prospect of victory for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and said: “We are working on building a top team. 14:37, Malik Ouzia The Telegraph reports that Newcastle's pursuit of Sven Botman has encountered a stumbling block, and Lille insists it is not for sale. 13:51, Malik Ouzia, the Italian outlet Calciomercato says Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing Tanguy Ndombele to Roma this month. 1:14 p.m., Malik Ouzia There is much speculation today about the short-term future of Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, whose summer move from Liverpool to PSG did not go quite so well. Spanish Outlet AS says Arsenal are looking to borrow Wijnaldum to cover Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny's losses at AFCON. However, there have also been reports linking the 31-year-old to Newcastle or even an immediate return to Anfield, where Liverpool midfield looked weaker for his departure. 12:38 p.m., Malik Ouzia Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak as they step up their search for a new striker. Spanish outlet El Nacional reports that the Gunners' hopes have been bolstered by the fact that Sociedad refuses to sell to a La Liga rival, with Barcelona being among the clubs associated with the Swede. 12:13, Malik Ouzia And while we are in Barcelona, ​​there are various reports today that suggest that Alvaro Morata's move to the Nou Camp could be completed this week. In case you're struggling to follow Morata's travels across Europe, the Spaniard is currently playing for Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid, but Spain's AS say he will be recalled and initially on loan to Barca for six months before the deal breaks this summer made permanent. 11:53 AM, Malik Ouzia At the Ferran Torres reveal, Barcelona President Joan Laporta had a little bit of arguing, claiming the club are "back" on the transfer market after their well-documented financial troubles. "Everyone in the world should get ready because we are back on the market as big players," he said, according to Fabrizio Romano. "Barça is back." 11:35 am, Malik Ouzia Barcelona officially unveiled new signing Ferran Torres in a ceremony at Nou Camp after arriving from Manchester City. The Spaniard has also spoken to the press, so we will still have quotes. 11:20 am, Malik Ouzia Wolves is ready to sell Adama Traore this month, putting Tottenham and West Ham on high alert. According to The Telegraph, the Midlands club would accept an offer of £ 20m or more for the winger as he looks to fund their own transfer business. Spurs have had strong ties with the Spanish international in the past, including in the summer following the arrival of former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the dugout. 10:58 am, Malik Ouzia Arsenal youngster Harry Clarke has been recalled from his loan deal with Ross County before a final exit from the club. The 20-year-old made such an impression in the first half of the season that Hibernian struck a deal with the Gunners to initially loan the 20-year-old until the end of the season, his current contract expiring. "I hope your time here was fun," said county chief Malky Mackay. "Although we are disappointed in losing Harry, I want to thank him for his contribution over the past six months and I think he has become an even more rounded player in that time." QPR will miss Cook 10:43, Malik Ouzia The Mail say QPR will miss out on signing Bournemouth defender Steve Cook this month, with the midfielder leaving for Nottingham Forest. Cook is slated to end his decade-long tenure with the Cherries this month, and QPR is reported to have led the race for his signature, but Forest has made a two-and-a-half year contract offer. 10:28 a.m., Malik Ouzia Everton is about to sign a deal to sign Rangers star Nathan Patterson, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. The report claims the Toffees would pay £ 12m for the Scottish international, which would be a record sales fee for Rangers. 10:01 am, Malik Ouzia Next up to Newcastle, which I suspect will be a pretty busy writing for the next month. I say the Magpies hope Kieran Trippier is signed and ready to show up in time for their next premiere league game against Watford in just under a fortnight. The England international played 90 minutes for Atletico Madrid in yesterday's 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano but the Toons are optimistic that they may be able to agree on a deal later this week. 09:37, Malik Ouzia Another day, another Ousmane Dembele to the Premier League rumor. Today's deal comes from Catalan outlet Are, which claims Barcelona will be offering Frenchman Man United in a swap deal for compatriot Anthony Martial and is expected to leave Old Trafford this month if a suitable offer is received. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick admitted this at the weekend. 9:20 am, Malik Ouzia Manchester United and Liverpool are among the top clubs reportedly interested in signing Leeds defender Charlie Cresswell. Along with the likes of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, the Academy Graudate, which is under contract through 2025, is likely to be one of the club's top selling assets should they go down by the end of the campaign, and according to The Sun, that has put people like Liverpool and United on high alert. 09:02, Malik Ouzia Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has suggested that the club will wait until the end of the season before joining Kylian Mbappe, but in the last six months of his contract he is already entitled to a pre-contract with foreigners Negotiating clubs. When asked if Real could try to close a deal early, Ancelotti said: “I don't know. We think we will keep fighting for the title. “It's an interesting moment because we're back in La Liga, we have the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. 08:57, Malik Ouzia As for Romelu Lukaku's future, the striker will have a crucial meeting with Thomas Tuchel today. After yesterday's draw with Liverpool, Tuchel said he will also consult older players before deciding whether to bring Lukaku back into the team ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham on Wednesday. So not only do we make decisions this time, but talk to the five or six players regularly to get their opinions and insights. 8:52 AM, Malik Ouzia There's only one place to start today and that's with the latest on Romelu Lukaku's situation - and a pretty impressive report in the Italian press. The Belgian was dropped by Thomas Tuchel for yesterday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool after an explosive interview in which he shared his misfortune at Stamford Bridge and expressed his love for Inter Milan. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, it's a reunion with former Inter coach Antonio Conte in London at Tottenham who would interest the striker if he is forced out of Chelsea this month. 8:50 am, Malik Ouzia Hello and welcome to another day of Standard Sport LIVE coverage of the January transfer window. We'll start with a recap of all of today's breaking news and rumors ...

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I should have saved his other victims, says my mother, who inspired "Four Lives"

After discovering that her son was the first victim of serial killer Stephen Port, the desperate Sarah Sak spent years haunted by fear that she could have prevented him from claiming more lives. New drama Four Liv ... (Author: Gardener)

FourAfter discovering that her son was the first victim of serial killer Stephen Port, the desperate Sarah Sak spent years haunted by fear that she could have prevented him from claiming more lives. The new drama Four Lives, which began on BBC1 last night, shows how she pressured police to uncover the truth about the death of her 23-year-old boy, Anthony Walgate. Tragically, it was not enough to stop the now 46-year-old Port from killing three more young men by drugging, raping and killing them before throwing their bodies outside. But Sarah can finally sleep peacefully thanks to the drama that reveals the full story and an investigation in December that concludes that initial police errors resulted in the deaths of the other three men. She said, “I had nightmares afterwards and asked myself: Could I have done anything else? “And I finally realized that I couldn't because it didn't matter what I did or said - they just didn't want to investigate and they didn't care. He literally got away with murder for so long. “This exam and this drama took a big lump out of my chest. In Four Lives, extras star Stephen Merchant Port plays in the creepy three-part drama that lasts tonight and ends tomorrow. It shows how the fashion student Anthony was killed by the bus depot cook Port in June 2014. After initially lying to the police about finding Anthony collapsed in passing on the street, Port eventually admitted the death occurred at his apartment but claimed it was due to an overdose after having sex and took a drug. He also said he panicked and took the body outside. Police believed his story, and in March 2015 Port was sentenced to eight months in prison for twisting the judiciary. But before he was put behind bars, he killed Gabriel Kovari (22) in August 2014 and Daniel Whitworth (21) a month later. After he was released from prison in June 2015, he murdered 25-year-old Jack Taylor three months later. Like Anthony, he met them all through online hook-up apps and then knocked them down with the drug GHB. But the last three victims had their bodies propped against the wall in a nearby cemetery. Sarah urged the police to act from the start and didn't mince words - and she says Sheridan is the perfect person to portray her fight. Sarah said, “I think Sheridan got me to the point. I swear like a soldier and have to admit, when I told the story, I didn't think they'd put all my curses in that killed my son because they couldn't find a hole in their ass. "" But it did I don't mind that it was in there because it was just that. I always knew from the first minute that Anthony was murdered and I wouldn't sit down and be silent. “Me and Sheridan got to know each other well and exchanged numbers. Sarah says the police liaison officer and the Met detectives treated her wrong from day one - and it wasn't just because they were in London and she lived at the family home in Hull. This examination and this drama took a big lump out of my chest. She says officials couldn't even pronounce Anthony's name correctly, let alone get his toxicology reports or return his property to the family. And when she pointed to reports of more murders in similar circumstances, they seemed determined not to link the cases together. "If Anthony had been a 23-year-old girl found dead on the street and then the next and the next in close proximity, there would have been a lot more investigation and a lot more outcry." It was only when Jack Taylor's family put pressure on the police in London that the pieces were put together, and Port was eventually interrogated, charged and sentenced to life imprisonment in November 2016. The catalog of errors was finally uncovered in the investigation into the death of the four men that took place last month. She concluded that the police failure likely contributed to the murder of Port's last three victims. Now Sarah supports calls by MPs for a public inquiry and hopes the officials in question will now be disciplined. This also motivated the creators of the series - including executive producer Jeff Pope and writer Neil McKay - to change the working title from The Barking Murders to Four Lives. They didn't want the story to be misinterpreted as a drama about Cop Heroics. It was about the lives of the four men and loved ones who have never given up their fight for justice. Sarah said, "It was important to be about us. It was about our lives." And I wanted people. "To make sure that if you know it is wrong, you can challenge the police. You can question what they do and say. "There are a lot of people out there who wouldn't have the courage to do so right now." This drama was certainly not about port. "Sarah has nothing but praise for Merchant's performance as port, the Sarah Had to sit close during the murder trial. She said, "When he was sitting in the dock at Old Bailey, he looked like he was sitting and watching the world." He looked like he was relaxing on a park bench, not in court "In the final episode there is a scene where Stephen turns around as Port and stares at Sheridan while he plays me, and that's really pretty bad. Sarah says she's glad the death penalty was abolished and Port a life." Arrangement for the four murders and another eight cases of sexual assault that has also been exposed. She added, “Imagine the feeling that you will never see the light of day again. That’s a great feeling for me. I want to see him suffer for at least the next 30 years. “But to be honest, I don't really think about him anymore, it's not about him now. Unfortunately, I think he will enjoy this drama on TV very much. ”A great positive aspect of the drama for Sarah is that it brought back many happy memories of her pompous son. And she thinks Anthony would be happy to be remembered. She said, “When I met the boy who was playing Anthony I thought it was sad, but it was pretty joyful because he had all of his mannerisms - waving his hands dramatically. “I think he would be overjoyed to be there so much. I spoke to his girlfriend a few weeks ago and she said, 'You know what he would say,' Well, seven years later you're all still talking about me. ' "But that shouldn't just be a sad moment, because now we've finally done what we had to do." * Four Lives continues on BBC1 tonight at 9 p.m., and all three episodes are now available on BBC iPlayer.

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Broadcast news LIVE! PSG identify Mbappe replacement, no later than Haaland Barcelona; Rumors about Chelsea and Arsenal

Broadcast news LIVE! PSG identify Mbappe replacement, no later than Haaland Barcelona; Chelsea and Arsenal Rumors - (Author: Gardener)

Haaland BarcelonaMuch of today's key news revolves around Romelu Lukaku after the Chelsea striker was disfellowshipped in the Liverpool draw yesterday due to an explosive interview. Lukaku is set to meet with Thomas Tuchel today and it appears Chelsea have no intention of reducing their losses with a sale in January but reports in the Italian press claim the Belgian is keen to force a shock move to Tottenham, where he would be again -united with Antonio Conte. Antonio Rüdiger is another blues star who has met with interest at Real Madrid, one of four clubs reportedly under discussion to sign the defender on a free transfer this summer. On the continent, meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has been catching up on the latest reports on his club's proposed move to Kylian Mbappe, while Barcelona President Joan Laporta has discussed the chances of Erling Haaland's move. Stay up to date with all the breaking transfer news, rumors and gossip using Standard Sport's LIVE blog below! 10:13 p.m., Marc Mayo Sevilla could rival Arsenal and Tottenham for Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski. Spanish newspaper Sport say a bid of around £ 30m will be enough to sign the Swede - but Sevilla can't afford such a deal until summer is most likely on the cards. 21:55, Marc Mayo The Telegraph reports on Tottenham chasing Adama Traore from the wolves. A fee of around £ 20m is said to be enough to entice the Molineux club into selling the winger who started on the bench for today's win at Manchester United. West Ham are also mentioned as interested. 9:42 p.m., Marc Mayo PSG could attempt to capture one of Real Madrid's key players in the hunt for Mbappe. El Nacional claim Casemiro is a top target for the French club in their search for a new central midfielder ready to wait their time and approach the deal carefully, with a summer offer on their agenda. Paul Pogba, Marcelo Brozovic and Franck Kessie have also reportedly been interested in Les Parisiens. 9:33 p.m., Marc Mayo Mauricio Pochettino will ask PSG to bid for Joao Felix if Kylian Mbappe moves to Real Madrid already on their radar as Spanish Outlet Sport reports that Felix Pochettino's ideal new signing is amid competition from Juventus and Manchester City. 21:19, Marc Mayo Mauro Icardi is about to join Juventus after allegedly fighting with Lionel Messi. Der Spiegel claim that Juventus are in pole position to sign the PSG striker, who fell out of favor under Mauricio Pochettino. Calciomercato adds that Manchester United are interested in replacing Edinson Cavani. Icardi is even said to think that Messi is behind his lack of appointments for Argentina in recent years ... 9:05 pm, Marc Mayo West Ham is in talks about a deal for Gabriel Barbosa The Brazilian, known as Gabigol, was a child prodigy, who struggled at Inter Milan and now plays for Flamengo. A move to England is said to interest the 25-year-old, along with three other Premier League teams to pursue him as he tries to cement his place in the Brazilian World Cup squad. The Hammers are known for chasing down a striker who assists Mikhail Antonio in their attempt for a top four finish. 8:36 p.m., Marc Mayo Jonathan Dinzeyi and Nikolaj Möller are back at Arsenal after their loan. Dinzeyi only made three appearances for League Two Carlisle, while Moller made 13 appearances for German third division club Viktoria Köln. 8:12 p.m., Marc Mayo Four teams are to negotiate a preliminary contract with Antonio Rüdiger. The Chelsea man is free to discuss a summer move with European clubs before his blues deal expires in June. According to Sky Sports, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG, all of them have contacted Rüdiger's warehouse. Chelsea sealed the future of Thiago Silva tonight, while Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are also out of contract this year. 7:54 p.m., Marc Mayo The Scot reports that Rangers defense attorney Nathan Patterson arrived on Merseyside today for medical treatment in Everton. An initial £ 12 million deal to get the 20-year-old to Goodison Park could rise to £ 16 million with the move set to be confirmed in the coming days. 7:33 pm, Marc Mayo Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo will leave Real Madrid this summer to shed over £ 50m in wages. The trio no longer has a contract at the end of the campaign and Los Blancos are linked with relocations for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. According to AS, Madrid have chosen Bale to be among the top earners at £ 600,000 a week. 7:05 p.m., Marc Mayo Crystal Palace is reportedly keen on Dundee United defender Kerr Smith. The 17-year-old would join the Eagles' youth, according to Football Scotland. Kerr was previously interested in Manchester United and Aston Villa and contract until 2023. 6.41pm. Marc Mayo Antonio Conte has remained cautious about his plans for the January window. The Tottenham boss told reporters this afternoon, "My expectation is to speak to my club and then give them my opinion." The club will know after I speak and what decision they want to make. "6:21 pm , Marc Mayo Arsenal have to deal with competition when looking for Borussia Mönchengladbach star Denis Zakaria. The Gunners are heavily linked to a move for the soon-to-be-available midfielder, whose contract expires in the summer. Manchester United and Liverpool are also linked but Daily Mail are now claiming Aston Villa are interested in a move for the Swiss international. 5:51 pm, Marc Mayo "Playing here with Chelsea is a real pleasure," he told the club's website. "I never thought that I would play three years here at this great club, so I am very happy to stay another season." I would also like to thank my family, the club, Marina and Mr Abramovich for this opportunity . I will continue to give everything for this club and for the fans who have been by my side since I arrived. I'll give everything to play at this level in the world's most important league. ”5:40 pm, Marc Mayo Thiago Silva has signed a new contract with Chelsea until 2023. 5:21 p.m., Marc Mayo Celtic is set to drive the £ 6.5m deal to sign loanee Jota from Benfica. The winger has scored eight goals since Arrival at Parkhead and A Bola report on Celtic's ongoing talks about a permanent move which they initially oppose. 4:52 p.m., Marc Mayo One, who should pay attention to the future when the Bundesliga club Augsburg concludes a deal for the FC Dallas youngster Ricardo Pepi. The move of 14.5 million pounds was confirmed today with striker Pepi: was my dream "I think Augsburg and the Bundesliga will be the perfect conditions for me to collect match practice at the highest level as a youngster." 16:26, Marc Mayo Fiorentina shooter Dusan Vlahovic has given an update on his future amid ties with Arsenal, Tottenham, Real Madrid and several top clubs. He told the Russian outlet Politika: “I've said it several times so far. We have a good team, great players, great support from the fans. 16:08, Marc Mayo Ahead of today's game against Manchester United, Covid hit Wolves midfielder Ryan Giles called back from his loan at Cardiff. "Good luck for the future," confirmed a Bluebirds statement. after they last played on December 19. We called Ryan Giles back from his Cardiff City loan to work with Bruno Lage's squad.— Wolves (@Wolves) January 3, 2022 3:51 PM, Malik Ouzia The Athletic report that Roma have made a formal offer for Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, saying the deal would include an option to buy, with the Serie A team keen to bring the England international on, but will not be able to do so during this window. Whether Arsenal would sanction his departure at this point? However, the stage remains to be seen as the central one Midfielders Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny have both gone to AFCON. 15:34, Malik Ouzia We told you earlier about Joan Laporta's bullish remarks about the resurgence of the Barcelona transfer market. Well, the Nou Camp boss was also specifically asked about the prospect of victory for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and said: “We are working on building a top team. 14:37, Malik Ouzia The Telegraph reports that Newcastle's pursuit of Sven Botman has encountered a stumbling block, and Lille insists it is not for sale. 13:51, Malik Ouzia, the Italian outlet Calciomercato says Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing Tanguy Ndombele to Roma this month. 1:14 p.m., Malik Ouzia There is much speculation today about the short-term future of Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, whose summer move from Liverpool to PSG did not go quite so well. Spanish Outlet AS says Arsenal are looking to borrow Wijnaldum to cover Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny's losses at AFCON. However, there have also been reports linking the 31-year-old to Newcastle or even an immediate return to Anfield, where Liverpool midfield looked weaker for his departure. 12:38 p.m., Malik Ouzia Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak as they step up their search for a new striker. Spanish outlet El Nacional reports that the Gunners' hopes have been bolstered by the fact that Sociedad refuses to sell to a La Liga rival, with Barcelona being among the clubs associated with the Swede. 12:13, Malik Ouzia And while we are in Barcelona, ​​there are various reports today that suggest that Alvaro Morata's move to the Nou Camp could be completed this week. In case you're struggling to follow Morata's travels across Europe, the Spaniard is currently playing for Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid, but Spain's AS say he will be recalled and initially on loan to Barca for six months before the deal breaks this summer made permanent. 11:53 AM, Malik Ouzia At the Ferran Torres reveal, Barcelona President Joan Laporta had a little bit of arguing, claiming the club are "back" on the transfer market after their well-documented financial troubles. "Everyone in the world should get ready because we are back on the market as big players," he said, according to Fabrizio Romano. "Barça is back." 11:35 am, Malik Ouzia Barcelona officially unveiled new signing Ferran Torres in a ceremony at Nou Camp after arriving from Manchester City. The Spaniard has also spoken to the press, so we will still have quotes. 11:20 am, Malik Ouzia Wolves is ready to sell Adama Traore this month, putting Tottenham and West Ham on high alert. According to The Telegraph, the Midlands club would accept an offer of £ 20m or more for the winger as he looks to fund their own transfer business. Spurs have had strong ties with the Spanish international in the past, including in the summer following the arrival of former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the dugout. 10:58 am, Malik Ouzia Arsenal youngster Harry Clarke has been recalled from his loan deal with Ross County before a final exit from the club. The 20-year-old made such an impression in the first half of the season that Hibernian struck a deal with the Gunners to initially loan the 20-year-old until the end of the season, his current contract expiring. "I hope your time here was fun," said county chief Malky Mackay. "Although we are disappointed in losing Harry, I want to thank him for his contribution over the past six months and I think he has become an even more rounded player in that time." QPR will miss Cook 10:43, Malik Ouzia The Mail say QPR will miss out on signing Bournemouth defender Steve Cook this month, with the midfielder leaving for Nottingham Forest. Cook is slated to end his decade-long tenure with the Cherries this month, and QPR is reported to have led the race for his signature, but Forest has made a two-and-a-half year contract offer. 10:28 a.m., Malik Ouzia Everton is about to sign a deal to sign Rangers star Nathan Patterson, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. The report claims the Toffees would pay £ 12m for the Scottish international, which would be a record sales fee for Rangers. 10:01 am, Malik Ouzia Next up to Newcastle, which I suspect will be a pretty busy writing for the next month. I say the Magpies hope Kieran Trippier is signed and ready to show up in time for their next premiere league game against Watford in just under a fortnight. The England international played 90 minutes for Atletico Madrid in yesterday's 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano but the Toons are optimistic that they may be able to agree on a deal later this week. 09:37, Malik Ouzia Another day, another Ousmane Dembele to the Premier League rumor. Today's deal comes from Catalan outlet Are, which claims Barcelona will be offering Frenchman Man United in a swap deal for compatriot Anthony Martial and is expected to leave Old Trafford this month if a suitable offer is received. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick admitted this at the weekend. 9:20 am, Malik Ouzia Manchester United and Liverpool are among the top clubs reportedly interested in signing Leeds defender Charlie Cresswell. Along with the likes of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, the Academy Graudate, which is under contract through 2025, is likely to be one of the club's top selling assets should they go down by the end of the campaign, and according to The Sun, that has put people like Liverpool and United on high alert. 09:02, Malik Ouzia Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has suggested that the club will wait until the end of the season before joining Kylian Mbappe, but in the last six months of his contract he is already entitled to a pre-contract with foreigners Negotiating clubs. When asked if Real could try to close a deal early, Ancelotti said: “I don't know. We think we will keep fighting for the title. “It's an interesting moment because we're back in La Liga, we have the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. 08:57, Malik Ouzia As for Romelu Lukaku's future, the striker will have a crucial meeting with Thomas Tuchel today. After yesterday's draw with Liverpool, Tuchel said he will also consult older players before deciding whether to bring Lukaku back into the team ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham on Wednesday. So not only do we make decisions this time, but talk to the five or six players regularly to get their opinions and insights. 8:52 AM, Malik Ouzia There's only one place to start today and that's with the latest on Romelu Lukaku's situation - and a pretty impressive report in the Italian press. The Belgian was dropped by Thomas Tuchel for yesterday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool after an explosive interview in which he shared his misfortune at Stamford Bridge and expressed his love for Inter Milan. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, it's a reunion with former Inter coach Antonio Conte in London at Tottenham who would interest the striker if he is forced out of Chelsea this month. 8:50 am, Malik Ouzia Hello and welcome to another day of Standard Sport LIVE coverage of the January transfer window. We'll start with a recap of all of today's breaking news and rumors ...

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"Could fit the bill" - Sheffield Wednesday is looking for a deal for the defending champions

This article is part of Football League World's "The Verdict" franchise, which features FLW writers' personal opinions on the latest news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more ... Sheffield Wednesday is desperately trying to get back to the championship and it could be an important winter window to make sure they are well prepared [...] (Author: Gardener)

WednesdayThis article is part of Football League World's "The Verdict" series, which features the FLW writers' personal opinions on the latest news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more ... Sheffield Wednesday is desperate to get back in the championship and make it could be an important winter window to make sure they are well prepared to challenge in the second half of the season. Darren Moore and his team looked good at times and have a squad of players who can play at a higher level. However, the boss will certainly be on the lookout for potential recruits this month to try and strengthen the roster to ensure they can finish in the top six. There are no doubt a couple of targets on the owls radar and one of them is believed to be Mark Beevers. As The Star reports, the defender could soon be on his way back to League One - and use his experience to lead the club to promotion. But would he be a good addition to Sheffield Wednesday? Given Darren Moore's persistence with a three-way formation this season, Wednesday at the center-back doesn't have nearly enough depth. With injuries like at the club, bringing in someone with the experience of Mark Beevers would be a wise move. The 32-year-old will likely still feel like he has a role to play in Peterborough United's battle for championship survival, but the lure of a club the size of Sheffield Wednesday could play a role. Whether the Owls will finish in the top six this season seems to be close, but with Posh's dangerous position in the second division, the chances are good that Beevers will play in League One next season if he decides to stay or go. You can understand why some Wednesday fans are under-challenged because they have had the player in the past and he's with a Peterborough team that weren't great at keeping clean hands. However, it needs a dominant center-back on Wednesday and he could meet the bill. On top of that, he's a player who knows the league so doesn't need time to adjust, which is crucial as Darren Moore tries to build a team that can push promotion this season. While this may not be the most glamorous signing, overall, Beevers will bring much-needed experience and strength to a Wednesday defense that is a priority for improvement in the January market. Just look at the fact that they played center-backs against Ciaran Brennan and Liam Palmer to know they need reinforcements as there is no guarantee Chey Dunkley will stay fit for the rest of the season. He should stay in the tank for at least a year or two so this would be a good mid-term commitment for the owls - and one that could allow them to climb the table if he can replicate the shape he showed off at Peterborough .

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Petition to stop Tony Blair's knighthood exceeds 500,000

The former Labor Prime Minister, who has been the first and only one to lead the party to three straight wins in parliamentary elections, was the most controversial name on the Queen's New Years honor roll. (Author: Gardener)

Tony Blair'sPressure is growing on Boris Johnson to intervene in the decision to knight Tony Blair - as a petition demanding that the honor be removed from 500,000 signatures. The former Labor Prime Minister, who has been the first and only one to lead the party to three straight wins in parliamentary elections, was the most controversial name on the Queen's New Years honor roll. Mr Blair, 68, has been named the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter - the highest form of knighthood bestowed on all but one of his predecessors. However, the decision met with violent backlash as antiwar activists branded it a "kick in the teeth" for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, and military mothers threatened to return Elizabeth Crosses, a form of recognition given to grieving families of disgust. Although the garter appointments are a gift from the Queen and were made without the advice of the Prime Minister, a petition calling on Mr. Johnson to ask Her Majesty to remove his knighthood has now been signed by more than 500,000 people. Poll creator Angus Scott said on the website that Sir Tony “is the least deserving public honor, especially anything bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen. "We request the Prime Minister to ask Her Majesty to remove this honor." On Monday evening, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told MailOnline that the dispute over Sir Tony's knighthood put "more pressure" on the ailing Prime Minister who has been opposed in recent weeks over the Downing Street party scandal and the Tory MPs' rebellion The coronavirus was heavily criticized Measures according to Plan B. However, it is unlikely that the honor will be discussed by MPs as the petition was not created on Parliament's website. In the parliamentary procedure, petitions signed by 10,000 people will receive a response from the government, while petitions signed by more than 100,000 people will be considered for debate in parliament. House of Commons Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg said last year that petitions hosted on sites such as Change.org, as with Mr Blair on Friday, are out of the question regardless of the number of signatures received. Blair has long been criticized for sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, a decision that culminated in a 2016 devastating report by Sir John Chilcot that found he overplayed the evidence of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. A total of 179 British Armed Forces and Defense Department civilians died during the Iraq campaign, while another 457 were killed during the deployment in Afghanistan. In August, British military personnel withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years, but the Taliban regained control of the country within days. It prompted families of British soldiers to say that they felt that loved ones gave their lives for free. In a statement on his petition, Mr Scott wrote: “Tony Blair has done irreparable damage to both the United Kingdom's constitution and the country's society. “He was personally responsible for killing countless innocent civilians and serving in various conflicts. Mr London of Southend, Essex said: “An accolade for that obnoxious man Tony Blair, but still not an accolade for the last surviving Dambuster, George 'Johnny' Johnson at 100, is a national disgrace. "An accolade for a war criminal, but not for a war hero." Another signatory, Deborah Warford, added: “Tony Blair should be prosecuted and not knighted. Honoring such a person shows how corrupt and hideous the system is. ' Fergus Murray, who also signed, said, "As long as people like Blair are honored, this whole system dishonors us." Mr Farage told MailOnline that the riot for the Prime Minister was "an argument" that many people were "very angry" about. He said this was a "contributing factor" on top of other problems the prime minister is facing, including skyrocketing energy bills. On Saturday, Lindsey German, the leader of the Stop the War Coalition, said Sir Tony's knighthood was a "slap in the teeth for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan". She told LBC radio, "I think it's pretty incredible considering that this year we saw the collapse of Afghanistan, which was Tony Blair's first major war on terror. “We now have 8 million people in Afghanistan on the verge of starvation. We have Iraq in dire condition now, almost 20 years after the invasion. "And I think it is a kick in the teeth for the people in Iraq and Afghanistan and a kick in the teeth for all the people who protested against the war in Iraq and who were approved." Ms. German added that although the award had become a convention, she never saw any justification for it. John Smith, son of World War II veteran and author Harry Leslie Smith, said it would have been "more appropriate" to honor Gordon Brown. A military mother, Carol Valentine, told The Mirror that Sir Tony's knighthood was the "ultimate insult" after her son Simon was killed while clearing landmines in Afghanistan in 2009. And Hazel Hunt, whose son Richard died in Afghanistan, thought about returning the Elizabeth Cross that her family had received as a token of protest. Another military mother, Caroline Whitaker, who lost her son Gareth after he was shot and killed by an Afghan police officer in 2012, said she felt the establishment "mocked" her and other children's deaths. Another said: “The contempt shown by the British elite for the public has never been more eloquently expressed than in the decision to bestow the highest knightly order on Tony Blair. Get up Sir Tony! ' The petition on Change.org urging the Prime Minister to take action against the knighthood was initiated by Angus Scott. Sir Tony's predecessors, except the first, were all appointed to the Order of the Garter as soon as they left office. However, it was more than 14 years before his own appointment came after serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Only a former prime minister had to wait as long to be honored as Sir Tony. Edward Heath was appointed to the Order of the Garter in 1992, 18 years after leaving office in 1974. Winston Churchill and Harold Wilson were knighted on Downing Street immediately after they left, while Clement Attlee and Maggie Thatcher had to wait about five years. He said in a statement: “It is a great honor to be named Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen. Current Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, MP added: “The last Labor administration brought a permanent change from the national minimum wage to the peace process in Northern Ireland. "My congratulations to Tony Blair on this recognition for his public service to our country." The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, also spoke out in favor of knighthood. He said it was "respectful" and "the right thing" as the prime minister's role is "one of the toughest jobs in the world". He told BBC Radio 4's Today program, “Whatever people think, it's one of the toughest jobs in the world and I think it's respectful and it's the right thing to do, whether it's Tony Blair or David Cameron acts. “Everyone should be offered this knighthood when they are finished prime ministers. “I would say that if you had been the prime minister of this country, I believe that the country should recognize the services that it has rendered. “It's not about politics, it's about the position they held in this country: it's about the position and the respect we show the people who have led this country. Sir Tony faced years of criticism of the Iraq war, culminating in Sir John Chilcot's devastating 2016 report finding that the former prime minister was exaggerating evidence of Saddam Hussein's weapons and ignoring peaceful means of sending troops into the country . In a series of devastating conclusions, Sir John found that Blair presented the war with an "unwarranted certainty" based on "flawed" information about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Blair then said he would "make the same decision" to invade Iraq again if presented with the same information that he defiantly defended after being devastated by the Chilcot report. The former prime minister was optimistic in responding to the long-awaited report and, while groveling apologies for the bloody aftermath of the Iraq war, tried to shift the blame by saying that intelligence was not his responsibility. In a remarkable self-defense performance at a nearly two-hour special press conference, the visibly humiliated former prime minister described the 2003 decision to take military action to oust Hussein the "most difficult, momentous and excruciating" of his ten years in office. At several points during his speech at the Admiralty House in Whitehall, he seemed close to tears as he accepted the "serious criticism" of him and his administration in the run-up to and after the Iraq war, saying that he "took full responsibility, without exception , without apology. ”In response to the publication of the Iraq War Report, his voice cracked as he said,“ For all of this, I express more sadness, regret and apology than you can ever know or believe. ”He later added: "I carried the decisions I made with me for 13 years and will do so for the rest of my days. And at the most extraordinary moment of his lengthy speech, Mr. Blair insisted," If I were in the same place again, I would Make the same decision with the same information, because obviously this was the decision that I think was right. "Everything I say today because it is obviously part of the Secret service information found incorrect, planning was incorrect. I have to accept that criticism, I take responsibility for it. "In another social media review, John Smith - son of World War II veteran and writer Harry Leslie Smith - said the decision indicated that it was" okay "Is to kill people by the hundreds of thousands. The appointment made by the Queen is regularly bestowed on past Prime Ministers, with Sir John Major, Sir Tony's predecessor, last receiving the honor. Sir Tony, a former Labor Leader, said, "It is a great honor to be named Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen." It has been a great privilege to serve as Prime Minister and I want everyone I would like to thank those who have served by my side in politics, in the public service and in all parts of our society, for their commitment and commitment to our country. "" It was a great priv I am privileged to serve as Prime Minister and I want to thank everyone who has served by my side in politics, public service and all parts of our society for their dedication and commitment to our country. "Sir Tony led New Labor in 1997 to a landslide victory and won two straight general elections before leaving Westminster a decade later, paving the way for Chancellor Gordon Brown to assume the post of Prime Minister. Sir Tony led New Labor to a landslide victory in 1997 and won two consecutive general elections before leaving Westminster a decade later and paving the way for Chancellor Gordon Brown to assume the post of Prime Minister. The 68-year-old described Diana, Princess of Wales, after her death as the "Princess of the People" and was the British leader during the Allied military invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The former lawyer became the Middle East envoy and, after retiring from politics, founded his own non-profit group, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Every year, Royal Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter gather at St. George's Chapel in Windsor for a colorful procession and ceremony. Sir Tony, who left Downing Street more than 14 years ago, is one of three new appointments to the palace. Appointments to the garter are a gift from the Queen and are made without the advice of the Prime Minister and are usually made on St. George's Day the 23rd. They are for life unless a knight or consort violates certain "allegations" . The garter was created by Edward III in 1348. founded and is awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public services and achievements. It is said to have been inspired by events at a ball in northern France attended by the King and Johanna, Countess of Salisbury. The countess is said to have dropped her garter, which led to laughter and some embarrassment. The emblem of the order is a blue ribbon or garter belt worn below the left knee by men and on the left arm by women. There are now 21 non-royal companions in order of a maximum of 24. Despite major mistakes, we cannot ignore his achievements: STEPHEN DAISLEY argues that Tony Blair deserves his garter garter - even those that no one like James Callaghan voted for. And let me make it clear that I have no loyalty to the Labor Party: I am a political centrist who believes that ministers should keep us most of our money and generally keep the ship of state afloat. There are aspects of Tony Blair's behavior that I find objectionable: his money creation by seedy dictators after he left office; his refusal to accept the Brexit outcome. He was the Labor leader who understood Central Britain's concerns rather than scornfully dismissing them, as the left so often does. This open-minded, pluralistic approach enabled him to sell liberal policies to an essentially conservative nation. New Labor focused on growing the economy. Instead of demonizing the pursuit, Blair celebrated it. Where Blair really stood out was foreign policy. Few young people today understand how, before the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the specter of Irish republican terrorism hung over the streets of Belfast and London alike. After September 11, 2001, Blair saw Islamism as a threat to liberal democracy, which cracked down on local extremists and enforced the British values ​​of freedom, tolerance and the rule of law abroad. I respect their principles, but I remain convinced that Britain did the right thing in overthrowing Saddam Hussein. Many lives - and businesses - could have been saved if ministers had listened. Tony Blair made a fairer, more tolerant country at home and stood up for desperate people abroad. It's an insult to my son who died for Tony Blair's Iraq madness: JOHN MILLER, father of a military policeman, says former Prime Minister does not deserve the accolade From John Miller for the Daily Mail Tony Blair's knighthood has been tremendous to me and my wife Causes pain. We have been fighting for justice for our son Simon since he was murdered in Iraq on June 24, 2003. The news is an insult to the 179 British soldiers who died from Blair's decision to drag the country into the war in Iraq. He was 21 years old when he died with five comrades from the 156 Provost Company after they were surrounded by an insurgent mob at a station in Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq. I think Blair knew when he came to power in 1997 that our armed forces were being equipped with faulty radios. In my opinion, the only court it deserves is an international one: the dock of a war crimes trial. His domestic record as prime minister is hardly better. He hadn't even been elected by then, but he made himself the ringleader of Project Fear and issued dire warnings that never materialized. For years after the vote, he tried to undermine the clearly expressed will of the people. Much of his behavior as Prime Minister was not to be despised: he named his friends, "Tony's Cronies", to top positions. His financial wastefulness prepared us for the worst recession in nearly 100 years. Far from ending the scourge of nationalism, its flawed policies will likely one day lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom with the secession of Scotland and Northern Ireland. But it is the wasted lives of our soldiers that are his true inheritance. Blair would never sacrifice his own sons or daughters in his wars. Instead, he sends other people's children to their deaths. There is a scroll signed by the Queen in my son's bedroom thanking Si for giving his life for his country.

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