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HLEG recommends ‘enhanced’ ESG role for European supervisors

first_imgIt highlighted this as an area of “policy direction” for the European Union, saying the ESAs “should build sufficient expertise on sustainability issues, scenario analysis and general ESG factors related to medium and long-term risks”.It specifically recommended that the role of the ESAs in assessing ESG-related risks be enhanced.The European Systemic Risk Board last year recommended that stress tests of European pension funds cover climate-related risks.The HLEG’s report set out eight recommendations in total in its report.It recommended that the EU develop a classification system and establish an official European standard and label for green bonds and other sustainable assets.Commissioners Valdis Dombrovskis and Jyrki Katainen said in their introduction to the report: “These labels will provide the confidence and trust in sustainable and green products needed for investors to fund the transition to the low-carbon economy.”PensionsEurope, the trade body for European pension funds, welcomed the classification and label recommendations.  However, Matti Leppälä, secretary general of the association, cautioned against introducing new rules and obligations for the European pension fund sector, saying that the HLEG’s report included suggestions on revising the European pension fund directive IORP II.“The new IORP II directive includes many provisions on ESG, as part of risk management and investments,” he said. “It would be advisable to first see the impact of these new rules before expanding them.”ESG ‘integral’ part of fiduciary dutyThe HLEG noted that the IORP directive took sustainability issues into account, but said that it and other directives would need to be reviewed to implement “the clarification of fiduciary duty and sustainability”.The HLEG has recommended it be clarified that managing ESG risks is an integral part of fiduciary duty. A single set of principles on fiduciary duty and the related concepts of loyalty and prudence should be established in the European Union, according to the HLEG.Stefanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), said “the identification, disclosure and effective management of the huge physical and transition risks posed by climate change” must be at the core of any “functional definition” of fiduciary duty.“We therefore endorse the call by HLEG for the recent recommendations from the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures to be integrated in a way that advances EU leadership on this agenda and provides greater legal certainty alongside efforts to ensure an international level playing field,” she said.The other recommendations set out by the HLEG were to:-       unlock investments in energy efficiency through relevant accounting rules;  –       strengthen ESG reporting requirements;  –       introduce a “sustainability test” for EU financial regulation; and –       create an organisation dedicated to developing and structuring infrastructure projects and matching them with investors. The report said the group had identified “dual imperatives” for the European financial system.The Commission said it would start exploring the HLEG’s early recommendations “as of now”.The group is due to present a final report at the end of 2017 and will continue to examine other policy areas, such as integrating sustainability considerations in ratings.The report can be found here. The European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority could in future include environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in its stress tests of pension funds, the European Commission-appointed High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance has suggested.The idea was included in a wide-ranging interim report on its work to help develop an EU strategy on sustainable finance, published today.The other European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) could do the same, the report said, identifying climate-related risks as the most “obvious”.However, this should only happen once “sufficient expertise on sustainability has been built up to avoid undue scenarios and outcomes”, according to the HLEG.last_img read more

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Daily closures planned next week on S.R. 62 for patching work in Jefferson County

first_imgCanaan, IN—INDOT maintenance crews will complete deep patching operations on S.R. 62 next week between C.R. 325 E. and Flatbottom Road in eastern Jefferson County, west of Canaan.The road will close daily at this location from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, October 7, through Friday, October 11, weather permitting.S.R. 62 will be open to local traffic only. Access to homes within the closure will be maintained.The official detour route for all thru traffic is U.S. 421 to S.R. 129.last_img

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Special teams paying dividends for Trojans

first_imgSpecial teams.Just by the name, the unit separates itself from all other units in a team. Yet, despite what your second-grade teacher might say, simply because something appears special doesn’t mean it’s all that special. Special teams is the area on many teams where second- and third-string players get their chance to see some playing time.That’s how it mostly was under Pete Carroll. Unless a kicker pulls a kick wide, the long snapper snaps the ball over the punter’s head or the return man muffs a punt, the unit remains like Michael Cera — you don’t know he’s there unless something happens to him.That’s all changed with new coach Lane Kiffin. With him, special teams really is special.Kiffin wasted no time in making it known that he was going to put a large emphasis on special teams. For the first 30 minutes of the first spring practice, Kiffin had every player participate in special teams drills. Linemen were catching punts and running backs were blocking kicks.Senior tailback C.J. Gable, senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo have all said they’ve never spent as much time on special teams as they have this year.“We got more emphasis on it now,” Johnson said. “It’s a lot better now. Everyone’s paying a lot more attention to detail and everyone’s buying in, and we are just making big plays now.”The added emphasis has paid off, as already the Trojans have two returned kicks for touchdowns and blocked one field goal. To compare, in the last four years, the Trojans had a combined four kicks returned for touchdowns and it already has two in three games.“I would challenge that we put more time and dedication into our special teams than anybody in the country and it’s continued to pay off for us three games in a row,” Kiffin said.Not only has it continued to pay off, but it’s paid off at critical points in all three matches.The biggest momentum-turning play on special teams happened last week at Minnesota. The Golden Gophers, big underdogs, had just taken the lead in the third quarter, and you know how underdogs work. The longer you let them stick around, the more dangerous they become.Freshman wide receiver Robert Woods wanted no part in that, so he acted like the bully at school who steps on ants for fun and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Trojans a lead they would never relinquish.Then there was the Virginia game two weeks ago. With 3:49 left in the game, USC had a 17-7 lead, but Virginia was lining up for a 35-yard field goal attempt to make it a one-possession game. The last thing many Trojan fans expected was for Virginia to be within a touchdown that late in the game.Senior cornerback Shareece Wright made sure that didn’t happen. He twisted off the right side and blocked the kick to preserve the two possession game.Lastly, don’t forget about Hawai’i, when senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson returned an 89-yard punt, the longest for USC since 1992, in the third quarter to put the Warriors away.I would argue that without those three plays on special teams, USC would have one or two losses next to its name.How does this happen? How do you get a team that paid as much attention to special teams as a kindergartner does to broccoli to all of a sudden buy into the fact that the broccoli turned into chocolate?It’s great coaching by Kiffin and special teams coordinator John Baxter.“It brings a lot of trust,” Johnson said. “At first, last year a kick return, I didn’t trust it at all. Now Woods is hitting it full steam ahead and coach Baxter really installed a lot into us.”One person that Baxter needed to buy into the system is Galippo. The redshirt junior was a starting linebacker for the Trojans last year and now his playing time mostly comes on special teams. But instead of complaining about his demotion, Galippo has taken his new role very seriously.“It’s pretty special,” Galippo said. “Coach Baxter’s a heck of a coach. To be in week three and have two special teams touchdowns, they both came in critical points in the game that completely flopped the momentum — it just shows how important they are and how playing on special teams you’ve contributed to the team.”For Baxter, this is nothing new. Before coming to USC this year, he spent 13 years as special teams coordinator at Fresno State where he routinely turned out some of the best units in the country.The Bulldogs led the nation with 49 blocked kicks and punts between 2002-09 and scored 39 special teams touchdowns during Baxter’s time there. For those non-math majors out there (my chemical engineer roommate helped me out here), that means Baxter’s unit averaged three special teams’ touchdowns per year.“We’re not spending too much time,” Baxter said. “We’re spending what you should spend. They didn’t before. That’s not my fault. I got nothing to do with it. All I can control is what our staff does. You guys are used to watching [a team spend little time on special teams] but I’m not.”It’s because of Baxter and Kiffin that special teams has become special again at USC.“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kenny at klegan@usc.edu.last_img read more

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Women’s basketball grabs two key wins over Arizona, Arizona State

first_imgAfter a tough stretch of seven consecutive losses, the women’s basketball team may be turning its season around with back-to-back victories against Arizona and Arizona State over the weekend. While the Trojans struggled to find a rhythm on Friday night against Arizona, they fought throughout the game, ultimately earning USC its first wins since 2016.“You know what, we won,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said after her team’s first game against Arizona. “I didn’t think we played a great game. One of the things we talked about in pregame was grinding. We needed to grind out a win — do whatever it took to come away with a victory — and I thought we did that.”With the career-high performances from freshman forward Ja’Tavia Tapley and senior center Ivana Jakubcova, the team was able to clinch the much-needed victory over the Wildcats. Standing at6-foot-3 and 6-foot-6 respectively, the two were able to use their length and solid form under the basket to combine for 26 points and 18 rebounds.“It was very important,” Tapley said. “With boxing out and the height advantage, we just put two and two together and just made it happen on the boards.”Having players like Tapley and Jakubcova come through for the Trojans was even more important given the loss of yet another player due to injury this season. Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck had previously missed five games with a stress fracture in her foot but was able to come back for both games against UCLA last week. Those games exacerbated her injury, and there is now no timetable for her return to the court.“We were trying to work through it,” Cooper-Dyke said. “But it was clear after the UCLA game that she couldn’t play anymore. Not only did she reaggravate it, but it is also more swollen, more painful. So we had to almost restart her rehab.”The Trojans did not let Mazyck’s injury keep them from competing against Arizona State on Sunday. USC and ASU had the number one and two 3-point range defenses in the conference respectively going into the afternoon, meaning the game was played mostly from the inside. The Trojans shut the Sun Devils down from that range, holding Arizona State to 0-5 from beyond the arc in the first three quarters — much to the delight of Cooper-Dyke.“What a great defensive game by my Women of Troy,” she said. “This team came out from the beginning and established ourselves defensively, and we did not let up off that pedal. It allowed us to get out on the fast break and get some buckets that we needed to keep our engine going.”In the first half, neither team was able to pull ahead, and it was 26-25 at the break, with ASU barely holding on to its one-point lead. After the half, the Trojans were plagued with unforced turnovers, and the Sun Devils finally managed to surge ahead. By the end of the third quarter, however, the Trojans had come alive, igniting the fans in Galen Center with their play. A four-point play by freshman guard Minyon Moore started a USC scoring run, and ASU would never recover.“When we turned over the ball it was demoralizing,” junior guard Sadie Edwards said, “[but] we didn’t put our heads down. Our coach called a timeout, and we said, ‘Let’s get this right, and let’s fix this.’ We did, and we made plays and played together.”The Trojans will now look to build a winning streak as they head onto the road for the next four games. Their newfound spirit could be just what the team needs to turn its season around.last_img read more

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NBA project: Vivek Ranadivé predicts faster basketball growth in India

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US “So, I believe that India will have a global star in the next decade. There will be many global stars coming out of the Indian system. Obviously, basketball is a new game here. We have cricket stars. Cricket is the national pastime. I think basketball can be too. It is a country of a billion people. People are willing to work hard and that’s what it takes. If you have some skill and you work hard, then you can reach the highest levels. So, once we have more facilities and people have opportunities, then those stars will emerge,” Ranadivé opined.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Last Updated: 5th October, 2019 16:16 IST NBA Project: Vivek Ranadivé Predicts Faster Basketball Growth In India Speaking to Republic on Saturday, Vivek Ranadivé, the owner of the NBA team Sacramento Kings expressed optimism over the faster growth of basketball in India WATCH US LIVE Speaking to Republic at the ground-breaking ceremony of the legacy project helmed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings, Vivek Ranadivé- the owner of Sacramento Kings expressed optimism over the faster growth of basketball in India. He mentioned that he had arrived in India along with the NBA commissioner Adam Silver in the country 5 years ago to kickstart the league. Lauding the inaugural NBA game in India played between his team and the Indiana Pacers on Friday, he noted the enthusiasm and energy levels of the children.  Read | NBA India Games: Indiana Pacers Beat Sacramento Kings In OT Thriller Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US Read | Indiana Pacers Beat Sacramento Kings To Win Inaugural NBA India Game‘Stars will emerge’ Responding to a specific question about the possibility of India producing basketball stars, he replied in the affirmative. Stressing that the people were willing to work hard, he predicted that the country would have a global star in the next decade.  Session ID: 2020-09-09:266a97a2733a2566d16c9f02 Player Element ID: video_player_5f584ffc27daa OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Akhil Oka COMMENT Read: NBA In India: Kabbadi League Based On The NBA, Says Vivek Ranadive  First Published: 5th October, 2019 16:16 IST He said, “Our experience in India has been that India has overachieved on all fronts. So, when we kicked off the NBA in India first 5 years ago, when I came here with Adam Silver, we hoped that a few million kids will be exposed to basketball. And now, we have 10 million boys and girls bouncing basketballs over the country. The game last night was historic, epic. I saw the enthusiasm and energy of the kids. I saw the reception we have received in this country, in my hometown. So, in my mind, in this country the technology we have and the awareness that is there today, basketball will grow a lot faster than other countries in the past.”  Read | NBA India Games: John Abraham, Sonam Kapoor, Malaika Arora Grace EventThe Legacy Project The NBA along with the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings are partnering with the American India Foundation to support 5 under-resourced municipal schools in Mumbai. The NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé, Indiana Pacers Governor Herb Simon and NBA Legend Vlade Divac attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the Legacy project at the BMC Marathi School located at Lower Parel on Saturday. This will help the schools get technological equipment, trained teachers, a basketball court and enhanced infrastructure. Furthermore, Ranadivé surprised the students by beginning his address in Marathi. He revealed his Maharashtrian roots and praised the intellect of the students. last_img read more

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ABB anticipates further shop closures during 2019

first_img Share Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon The impact of stake reductions on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) is continuing to have a ‘profound impact’ upon UK bookmakers as the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) anticipates further shop closures by the end of the year.The statement comes after retailers and unions have urged the government to take action over the rate of shop closures on UK high streets, as new data indicates that the number of vacant shops is rising at its fastest pace in nearly a decade.In a statement, the ABB explained: “We anticipate a significant number of betting shop closures by the end of this year (2019) – further compounding the crisis facing Britain’s high-streets. “While we accept the government’s decision to reduce stakes on gaming machines in betting shops, the decision is having a profound impact on retail betting and their staff. We support calls by retailers for the government to take action to help all businesses on our high streets.”Analysis carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and high street analysts the Local Data Company (LDC) has shown that 16 stores closed each day in the first half of 2019 while only nine opened. UK bookmakers have already suggested that a number of their stores could disappear from the high street, with William Hill estimating 700 shops could close, and GVC predicting a figure of 900.At the time of the FOBT legislation being discussed, the ABB issued a statement warning that the move to reduce the stakes on FOBTs from £100 to £2 would lead to a number of job losses across the UK betting industry.last_img read more

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William Hill reduces cashburn as focus shifts to reopenings

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill has reduced its ‘cashburn’ and further restructured terms on its debt bonds, as the company secures full financial flexibility navigating COVID-19 headwinds.Publishing both a Q1 trading update for the unaudited 17 weeks to 28 April 2020 as well as a COVID-19 update, William Hill revealed that retail closures, a drop in sports betting markets and international coronavirus lockdowns had hampered operations during the period.The operator divided its update into a pre-Coronavirus period (the period to 10 March), and the COVID-19 impacted period (period from 11 March – 28 April).Prior to international lockdowns, group total net revenue fell by 5%. US operations continued to drive growth, with a 26% increase in sportsbook amounts wagered, and a 30% increase in total net revenues.Sportsbook amount wagered fell by 6% for the group’s online division, with a 7% growth in UK online total net revenues.In the period from 11 March – 28 April, William Hill revealed a 57% slump in group-wide total net revenue driven by a combination of retail closures, a drop in sports betting markets and international coronavirus lockdowns.The operator also confirmed that it is targeting a H2 ‘phased reopening’ of its retail estate across the UK, and is ‘carefully monitoring developments across the US in the nine states where it is in operation.The drop in online sports wagers was ‘less than anticipated’ for the group, with customers ‘continuing to place bets on alternative products such as table tennis and emerging market football’.Total net revenue in the US took the largest hit, having fallen by 90% in the seven weeks to April 28, while retail like-for-like dropped by 85%.The operator currently offers online sports betting across four states, and confirmed that it ‘will be launching online casino in the second half of the year’.Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO, commented: “William Hill has overcome many challenges in its 86-year history, and I am exceptionally proud of the team and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked hard to protect them, and in turn they have done the same for our customers.“We reacted quickly to the cancellation of sports activities and the closure of our retail estate. We took immediate measures to save costs, reduce cash outflow and minimise non-essential expenditure by negotiating with our suppliers, cancelling pay rises and executive bonuses and suspending the dividend.”William Hill also addressed previous guidance issued on COVID-19 contingency measures, revealing that each additional month of shop closures to impact core earnings by up to £15 million – which equates to approximately half of the initial estimate.The bookmaker further confirmed that it has waived its Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) covenants for 2020 – which will see William Hill defer payments on £200 million bond deferred to 2021/2022.Undertaking analysis of COVID-19 developments, William Hill stated that due to ‘limited visibility’ regarding the duration of ‘virus related restrictions’, the company would withdraw all future guidance.Instead, the betting group will focus its resources on the resumption of sports beginning with this weekend’s restart of the German Bundesliga and UK and French horseracing taking place in June.Bengtsson added: “We have preserved liquidity and amended the terms of our net debt covenant, leading to significant balance sheet headroom. This will enable us to continue to invest for growth, most notably in the US, as plans there to roll out sports betting continue apace.“Our ambition to build a digitally led, internationally diverse business of scale is proving beneficial during the disruption as our international online business has performed very strongly. We have accelerated product developments in the US in particular to ensure we are well positioned when sports activity reopens.“Our product development teams elsewhere have also excelled themselves during this period of remote working, deploying a range of important new products, most notably a gaming front end to improve navigation and speed for the UK market.“We remain focused on player safety employing ever more customer protection. We are taking care of our teams, securing as many employment opportunities as possible and we are ready to power up the business as soon as COVID-19 restrictions permit.“Our strategy for the Company remains a simple one – to win with our customers, build agile collaborative teams, and get things done – execution. We are developing products that we are proud of and that will improve William Hill’s competitiveness for the long term.”last_img read more

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Coaches, captains of Black Maidens and Black Princesses react to resumption of training

first_imgCoaches and Captains of the Black Maidens (Female U-17) and Black Princesses (Female U-20) have reacted to the ease of restrictions on their activities by Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.The President, on Sunday, July 26, 2020, announced that the two national teams can resume camping to prepare for their respective assignments.The Black Maidens have a FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria while the Princesses prepare to take on Guinea-Bissau in a 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifier in September.The GFA Communications team has been speaking exclusively to the two Head Coaches and Captains for their reaction to the news:Yusif Basigi – Head Coach, Black PrincessesI am elated that finally the President, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has eased the restrictions for us to begin camping. During the lockdown, I engaged the players individually to monitor their training via video recordings just to make sure their endurance level is not compromised. Now that we are to resume camping, I believe at least those exercises will help boost the teamwork quickly.Justice Ama Tweneboah – Captain, Black PrincessesOn behalf of my teammates, I want to use this opportunity to thank the President for the opportunity given us to start training. Since the beginning of the break, we have been engaging in individual training but we all know it is not as effective as team training. This opportunity will help us get back in shape for the task ahead. We as players are happy about the news. Thank you, Mr. President.Baba Nuhu – Head Coach, Black MaidensI am so happy and glad that the President has given us the green light to start camping towards our last hurdle. I gave out several exercises during the restriction period to all the players who were in camp before the break. My technical team and I did this in bid to keep them active. I am glad that now we can group together as a team to fine-tune our preparations.Basira Alhassan – Captain, Black MaidensOn behalf of my teammates, we are very happy and excited that after FIFA and CAF had given the go-ahead to resume the qualifiers, today the President has also given us the green light to begin camping.  The entire team is very happy about our coming back to the field. I believe together we will be able to put the team in very good shape ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria. Source: ghanafa.org Tags: Black MaidensBlack PrincessesYussif Abubakarlast_img read more

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Barcelona lands coveted midfielder Frenkie de Jong on $85.4M deal

first_img“Everyone knows that I think Barcelona is a beautiful club, but I don’t know if I should see my career as a city trip.”What you’ve all been waiting for… pic.twitter.com/gDE1mujMLF— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019De Jong becomes the third major Barca signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Jeison Murillo and Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Valencia and Sassuolo, respectively.Ajax center-back Matthijs de Ligt, 19, has also been linked with a switch to LaLiga’s reigning champions. Barcelona has signed Frenkie de Jong for an initial €75million (approx. $85.4 million), with the coveted Ajax midfielder set to join on a five-year deal for the start of the 2019-20 season.Previously linked with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, de Jong has opted for Camp Nou but will remain in the Eredivisie for the rest of the season. Barca has agreed to pay a potential €11m (approx. $12.5 million) in variables for the 21-year-old midfielder, who has helped Ajax reach the last 16 of the Champions League this term.De Jong has developed into one of the hottest talents in European football, and it is Barca that has won the race for his signature.With the arrival of Frenkie De Jong we add talent, youth and Barça style to our sporting project. We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie! pic.twitter.com/9HCHmrlqvj— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) January 23, 2019″With the arrival of Frenkie de Jong we add talent, youth and Barca style to our sporting project,” wrote club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Twitter. “We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie!”Barca has a strong history of Dutch players, with icons such as Johan Cruyff and Ronald Koeman having represented the Catalan club.De Jong will also join a fellow Netherlands international at Camp Nou, with Jasper Cillessen — who also moved to Barca from Ajax — already on the club’s books.De Jong told Fox Sports recently he wanted clarity over his future, with City, Madrid and PSG all reportedly keen to snap him up.”I’m not going to make a hasty decision, but I’d like to be clear about it myself pretty quickly,” he said. “I do not know if I’ll make it known to the public.”De Jong had also hinted Barca would not necessarily be his next club when he added: “When I was in Barcelona, people thought I would join them, but that’s not the case.last_img read more

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