‘Neymar could’ve succeeded Messi & Ronaldo before PSG move’

first_imgMarseille coach Andre Villas-Boas believes Neymar’s move to PSG has seen him stumble in his quest to potentially succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best footballer. In total, Neymar has managed 51 goals in 58 games for PSG – who opened their latest title defence with a 3-0 win over Nimes without the 27-year-old.But the Brazilian’s time with the club has been impacted by injury and, more recently, transfer speculation which has seen both Barcelona and Real Madrid circle for him .  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? While Neymar’s future is far from clear, Villas-Boas claims his move to PSG has seen the attacker fail to build upon the promise he showed while at Camp Nou. “He is an important player in the world of football. For me, it was the player who could succeed Ronaldo and Messi for the Ballon d’Or. But he did not recover all the qualities he had shown in Barcelona,” Villas-Boas said. Despite that claim, the Marseille coach conceded Neymar’s potential departure from France would leave a big hole to fill. “For Ligue 1, it’s not good if he leaves,” Villas-Boas said.”This type of player has an important image in football, a bit like when Ronaldinho was here in Paris.”There’s this attractiveness, the football world wants to watch these kinds of players. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I can’t comment on the separation because I’m not the PSG coach.”As it stands, Barca have finally opened face-to-face negotiations with PSG over a move for Neymar, though a potential deal still appears to be some way off. While the Catalans are willing to offer Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic as part of the transfer, the Parisians are reportedly keen on getting Nelson Semedo. With the tug of war over Neymar ongoing, the player himself has been left sidelined with PSG fans turning on their star player during the club’s season opener . Though fan sentiment has taken a turn, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has stressed Neymar remains crucial to his cause. “He was very decisive for us. If we lose Neymar, maybe I will not sleep,” Tuchel said on French TV show Canal Football Club . “Because it would be hard to lose him and find another player who can do the same things for us. Maybe no news is good news.“It’s hard not knowing. Because I want him at home. But we have to find solutions without him too.”last_img read more

Plan B After investors pull out of BC interest in planned NS

Plan B: After investors pull out of B.C., interest in planned N.S. LNG facility up HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia company looking to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Canada’s East Coast says it’s seeing an uptick in interest since an LNG megaproject slated for the West Coast was scrapped last week.Paul MacLean with Bear Head LNG Corp., a subsidiary of Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd., says after more than a year of wooing western Canadian shale gas producers, the Nova Scotia project is getting attention.“We’ve been working with western basin producers over the last year-and-a-half presenting Bear Head as a complimentary option to what was proposed for the B.C. LNG project,” MacLean, strategic and regulatory affairs adviser, said in an interview. “It was sort of a plan B.”But with Petronas and its partners pulling out of the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia, Bear Head is hoping to become the top choice for producers looking to get landlocked natural gas to markets.“We’re not really relishing the fact that Petronas has decided to withdraw their project by any means, but we are experiencing an increase in interest as a consequence of that decision for sure,” MacLean said.In a fiercely competitive energy market grappling with a global oversupply of natural gas and a prolonged period of depressed prices, the cancellation of the West Coast megaproject appears to give the East Coast terminal an edge.The proposed $5-billion LNG export facility in Cape Breton already has construction and environmental permits as well as federal approval for a licence to export LNG and import natural gas from the United States.“We’re the only fully permitted LNG project in Atlantic Canada,” MacLean said, noting that the construction phase would require 1,500 workers while the terminal would create 150 permanent jobs. “We’re shovel-ready.”Bear Head’s sister company, Bear Paw Pipeline Corp., also has approval to building a 62.5-kilometre pipeline that would run between Goldboro, N.S., to the export facility planned for Point Tupper. The $235-million pipeline would connect to the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, which runs from Goldboro to Massachusetts.The company’s ambitious proposal would see producers in Alberta ship natural gas through TransCanada Corp. pipeline to North Bay, Ont., which MacLean said is currently underutilized and has sufficient capacity. From there, Bear Head would build a new pipeline to Goldboro, a distance of more than 1,700 kilometres.Building the so-called greenfield pipeline from Ontario to Nova Scotia would require deals from producers up front, something MacLean said he’s optimistic Bear Head can obtain within the next year or so.The company plans to get pipe laid and the terminal up and running by 2022 or 2023.While western Canadian producers would be able to deliver natural gas to domestic markets from Alberta to Nova Scotia along the way, the final destination would be overseas.“Nova Scotia geographically is positioned extremely well for accessing global markets,” MacLean said.The natural gas, shipped through pipeline in a gaseous state, would be liquefied at the Point Tupper terminal, loaded onto tankers and exported to northwestern Europe or other international markets, he said.Yet Toronto-based independent energy consultant Tom Adams, a self-professed watcher of Atlantic Canada’s “energy adventures,” called the proposed Nova Scotia facility “silly talk.”“I’m a long-time skeptic of all the Atlantic Canada LNG proposals,” he said. “But this is the longest of the long shots.”While Adams called the planned Bear Head project a “theoretical possibility,” he said it’s not practical.He said western Canadian producers would be better off shipping natural gas south of the border, to the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on the border between Texas and Louisiana, for example.Adams said if the market is not attractive enough to get British Columbia — positioned close to energy-hungry Asian markets — into the LNG business, then “Nova Scotia is just not even worth talking about.”Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. bought the site in Point Tupper from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in an $11 million deal that closed in August 2014. by Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 2:20 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more