Kyle Walker is now football’s most expensive defender 1 Manchester City’s new signing Kyle Walker wants to add multiple trophies to a CV lacking silverware after joining from Tottenham in a deal that could reach £50million.The England right-back, 27, was confirmed as City’s third signing of the summer on Friday for an initial fee of £45m, with Spurs due another £5m if various add-on clauses are met.Although David Luiz’s £50m switch to Paris St Germain in 2014 and John Stones’ £47.5m move to City in 2016 initially cost their clubs more, Walker’s agency Base Soccer claimed on Twitter their client commanded “a record fee for a defender and record fee for an English player”.Whatever the eventual outlay, it is a significant sum for Pep Guardiola’s team and takes their summer spending well beyond the £100m mark following the acquisitions of Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson. Walker was an integral figure for a Spurs team that finished above City in each of the previous two Premier League seasons but after eight trophy-less years in North London honours are on his mind.“With the size of the club, we need to go on and pick up silverware, get trophies left, right and centre, and hopefully that can add to my CV because I haven’t won that many things so far in my career,” Walker told CityTV.“Tottenham was a great club, it helped me to get me to where I am now. I’ve learned a lot, especially under the current manager (Mauricio Pochettino), he’s been fantastic with me.“But sometimes your path isn’t there and you have to move on and what a place to come and take a different path. Just win trophies – that’s all I’m about and all I want to do.“Hopefully we win titles, that’s what I’ve come here for; the most important thing is actually winning a title.”City moved quickly to secure the services of Walker after Guardiola’s former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves snubbed them to join Paris St Germain earlier this week.The City boss had called Walker and his old Spurs colleague Danny Rose “the best full-backs in the league” after playing Tottenham in January, and Guardiola’s latest signing admits there is a mix of excitement and nerves about playing under him.“What a manager to work under,” Walker added. “I’m excited, and a little bit nervous, I’m not going to lie.“It’s the next chapter in my career where I can go on and learn. I think I’m at a good age now where I’m probably at the peak of my career and I just want to try and be the best player I can be.“He’s very positive, says I’m going to fit into his style of play really well. The main thing that we’ve both said is just winning trophies. It’s a massive club, a great set of players in the team and we need to go out and win things.”Walker is expected to head out to America with the rest of City’s squad on Monday for their pre-season tour and he could face his old Tottenham colleagues in Nashville later this month.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleBerkow is the second commander under Chief LAPD Bill Bratton to leave Los Angeles to head his own department. Assistant Chief George Gascon left this summer to become chief in Mesa, Ariz. He was succeeded by Deputy Chief Earl Paysinger. “This is not uncommon,” said Councilman Bernard Parks, who served as chief for five years before being replaced by Bratton. “During my tenure, we had 14 LAPD officers leave to become chiefs in other cities. “It is a sign of the talent we have here that other cities come to the LAPD to learn how we do things and in hiring our people.” Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired LAPD sergeant who now chairs the council’s Personnel Committee, said Berkow’s departure demonstrates the opportunities available in law enforcement. “With Chief Bratton looking like he’s going to get a second term, we have talented people who are going to be pursued for other jobs,” Zine said. “Being a police chief, even in a smaller community, is a big challenge and a big opportunity.” The head of the LAPD’s Internal Affairs Division has been named the chief in Savannah, Ga., the second top commander in three months to leave the Los Angeles Police Department. Deputy Chief Michael Berkow, 51, will become the Savannah chief in mid-November, overseeing 570 officers in the city of 130,000 people. He’ll be paid $168,000 annually, compared with the $202,000 he earned in Los Angeles. Berkow was out of the city on Monday and could not be reached for comment. But an Associated Press story quoted him as saying the salary isn’t a factor in making professional decisions. “In my life, it’s never been all about the money,” said Berkow, who previously served two years as chief of the Irvine Police Department. “For me, it’s about the fit of the community, the fit of the job with my talents and abilities.” LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said Bratton encourages his command staff to be open to outside opportunities. “One of the assets of the department is that the chief wants his people to be open to the possibilities of other opportunities, and the strength of the LAPD is that we have people waiting to move up and take on new responsibilities,” said Vernon, a department spokesman. Bratton and the department are preparing for further losses in the coming year, when many will be forced to retire because the five-year extension offered veteran officers is expiring. “That’s one of the things we need to emphasize as we recruit officers,” Zine said. “We have opportunities for advancement in a department that offers training and experience unlike any other police department in the city. It prepares you for everything.” No successor has been named for Berkow, who oversees the division that handles ethics and anti-corruption inquiries against officers. He has has been responsible for a number of sensitive investigations, including the slaying of Devin Brown, a 13-year-old who was shot and killed by officers during a car pursuit. Police Commissioner Alan Skobin said he met with Berkow before the announcement was made and encouraged him to advance his career. “I think this is the perfect fit for him,” Skobin said. “(Savannah) is a city where they have a commitment to policing and providing the funds for police and have an active community policing program going on.” Unlike Gascon, who indicated he hopes to eventually succeed Bratton, Skobin said he believes Berkow is not looking to return. “You have to remember that Bratton is widely considered the best chief in America today and when you have that kind of guidance, it’s only natural for people to look to move up to other jobs,” Skobin said. “And, Bratton has indicated he wants to stay around for five more years and people who want to have their own department are going to look around.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
6 AFP Getty Images – Getty Man United – 1999/2000 – Won by 18 pointsThey may have been forced to sign three goalkeepers across the season – Mark Bosnich, Massimo Taibi, and Fabien Barthez – but they still romped to the title.It was a fantastic follow up to the Treble as they lost just three times and scored a stunning 97 goals.They were so good in attack that three different players scored hat-tricks – Andy Cole, Paul Scholes, and Dwight Yorke.If they had the right shot-stopper between the sticks, they could easily have gone unbeaten and in better style than Arsenal’s Invincibles. 6 AFP and licensors Chelsea (2004/05) – Won by 12 pointsJose Mourinho arrived at Chelsea with a swagger and arrogance which hadn’t been seen in the Premier League before – and his team reflected his character.The Blues overcame Manchester United in his first league game in charge and lost just one match all season.They amassed 95 points – then a Premier League record – and remarkably only conceded 15 goals.Mourinho led Chelsea to their first title in 50 years and it was sealed by a Frank Lampard brace at Bolton in late April. 6 AFP or licensors Getty Images – Getty Man City (2017/18) – Won by 19 pointsPep Guardiola’s rampant side did what no other team has done before and amassed 100 points.‘The Centurions’ won the league by a whopping 19 points – another record – and also recorded the most wins in the competition’s history.Sergio Aguero netted 21 league goals, while Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané also got double figures.Many now regard this team as the greatest team in Premier League history – and it’s hard to disagree with the claim. Man United (2012/13) – Won by 11 pointsSir Alex Ferguson didn’t have the most flashy, star-studded team but the signing of Robin van Persie was all that was needed to make them title winners.Ferguson knew he needed to sign someone who would score goals and he did that, with the Dutchman netting a 26 goals to scoop the Golden Boot and the Player of the Season accolade.The Red Devils won the league title by 11 points – which was a remarkable achievement given the little resources available to the legendary manager at the beginning of the season.The title victory would be Ferguson’s last in management – and arguably his greatest achievement. 6 The season is only eight matches old but Liverpool fans all over the country are struggling to contain their excitement that this could actually be their year.Jurgen Klopp’s men are already eight points clear of Manchester City and, despite it being very early on in the campaign, the Reds have a great chance of claiming their first title in almost three decades. Arsenal went the whole season unbeaten in the 2003/04 season Ferguson won the title in his last season in charge Man United celebrate in style Getty – Contributor Man City smashed all sorts of records under Guardiola Chelsea conceded just 15 goals in Moutinho’s first season 6 Last season, Liverpool remarkably amassed 97 points but were still pipped to the Premier League crown by City.Having won eight out of eight matches so far they will know that any dropped points at all will give their title rivals a chance to get back into the race.In light of Liverpool’s storming start, talkSPORT.com has identified five other Premier League champions who have blitzed the division and made winning the title seem like a walk in the park…Arsenal (2003/04) – Won by 11 pointsThe Gunners became the first side in Premier League history to go unbeaten and this feat doesn’t look like it will be repeated anytime soon.Arsene Wenger’s men trailed Manchester United going into into 2004, but after a win over Aston Villa, the Red Devils suffered a shock defeat to Wolves and Arsenal moved to the top of the table.And that’s where they stayed, eventually winning the title by 11 points with French striker Thierry Henry winning the Golden Boot, having found the net 25 times. 6 Will Klopp deliver the title at Anfield this season?
Hyderabad, Sep 15 (PTI) Solar tracking systems manufacturer SmartTrak today said it is planning to raise USD 25 million (about Rs 165 crores)through private equity funding for its expansion plans in India and overseas market. The city-based company is in talks with investors in the US and the funds raised will be utilised for its expansion plans, including scaling up manufacturing of solar micro- inverters. “We are planning to raise USD 25 million. We are in talks with US-based private equity investors and are hopeful of closing the deal in the next three months,” Bhagawan Reddy Gnanapa, CEO and director of SmartTrak, told reporters here. “So far, we have invested Rs 10 crore. We will set up offices abroad and launch the SmartTrak micro-inverter brand in the US and African markets by March 2016,” he said. The company today announced the launch of indigenously built solar micro-inverter for residential and commercial market segment. The newly introduced rooftop solar micro-inverter is a device that converts direct current (DC) generated by an individual solar panel to alternating current (AC). For utilising the E-Metering feature, the output from individual micro-inverters is combined and fed to the electrical grids. The company expects to close the current financial year with a revenue of Rs 140 crore. It has so far installed 50 MWp tracking systems and 120 MW projects are under execution, Reddy said. “We expect SmartTrak micro-inverter brand to contribute 10 per cent to our sales target of Rs 140 crore by March 2016,” he said. SmartTrak also plans to ship 5,000 micro inverters in the next quarter. It has a manufacturing facility to serve 30-MW solar capacity at the Hardware Technology Park near Hyderabad. Engineers Sameer Garg and Tathagata Mitra who have contributed to the product development, said that the current 300 Watt rooftop solar micro-inverter is designed to take the first step towards making a cost effective solar power harvesting system for home applications. PTI VVK ARS ANUadvertisement