Sassuolo president: Boateng will not stay with Barca

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng is still a Sassuolo player, despite the Serie A club’s president recently saying he was likely to be bought by Barcelona following a stint with the Spanish side.Sassuolo’s Giovanni Carnevali had said that Barca were set to trigger the clause in the loan deal that brought the Ghana international to Camp Nou in January allowing a permanent transfer for €8m.That clause has now expired and Carnevali said that the situation has changed since the original interview took place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I have never said we weren’t expecting him anymore, this interview was done before June 30 [when the loan deal expired] and we still didn’t know about Barcelona’s intentions,” the club president told Goal.“I just said we still didn’t know if Barcelona wanted him, if they wanted to give him on loan to another Spanish club or if he was going to be back with us, the point is the interview was published after the 30th.“Right now we already know Boateng is back to Sassuolo and together we will see what he wants to do.”Kevin-Prince Boateng SassuoloBoateng only joined Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, with his switch to Barcelona happening after only six months with the club.The former Tottenham man made four appearances for the Blaugrana and Carnevali had said he thought the transfer might be made permanent in the interview he alluded to in today’s statement.“I think Barcelona will buy Kevin Prince-Boateng, then he will be loaned to another La Liga club,” he said at the time .For his part the 32-year-old Boateng did not believe he would be moving to Catalonia.The well-travelled forward, for whom Barcelona represented a tenth professional club, seemed to rule out a return in a July 2nd social media pos t.“Today ends one of the most exciting experiences of my career,” he said on Instagram , “I thank every person who made this possible.“I thank my team-mates who made me feel at home from day one, champions and great people.“I thank all the management, available and always present.“A special thought goes to all the fans: I will always carry you in my heart. I wanted to give something more, but I did my best in every minute that was given to me to honour this fantastic shirt,” Boateng concluded.last_img read more

West Africa Security Council mission briefed on Liberian peace talks

Headed by Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, the Security Council mission to West Africa left Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, this morning for Accra, Ghana, where it began with a briefing on the status of the Liberian peace talks by the Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia, Abou Moussa.The delegation will also be briefed on the peace talks by members of the International Contact Group on Liberia, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, ECOWAS mediator for Liberia.Before leaving for Conakry, Guinea this evening, the Council members were also expected to meet with representatives of the Government of Liberia, and representatives of the two rebel movements, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy and Elections in Liberia (MODEL), political parties and civil society organizations.In Abidjan yesterday, the mission held discussions with a range of actors, including Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo, Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, the military and civilian leadership of the “Forces Nouvelles,” political parties, and civil society, to urge full implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement, signed in January 2003, and respect for the cease-fire.Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Ambassador Greenstock said that during the course of the day’s discussions, the Council members imparted a simple message: “We are here to help in the implementation of Linas-Marcoussis because we recognize that there are a lot of difficulties in this country in doing so on both sides.” read more