Nani lands five-year United deal

first_imgManchester United winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract with the Old Trafford outfit. Press Association Last season he won the Premier League for the fourth time and whilst there was talk he was unhappy at the terms he was offered to remain at United last season, it seems now he is much happier. “Playing at United has been a fantastic experience for me,” he said. “When I came to the club, I never imagined the success we have enjoyed. “Training every day with top players who want to win trophies every year is a great motivation to me. “I’m very happy that the new manager has shown this faith in me and I’m looking forward to helping the team compete for more honours this season.” There had been speculation the Portugal international would leave United this summer. Instead, he has signed a deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. “I’m really pleased Nani has re-signed for the next five years,” said United boss David Moyes. “He has great ability and experience beyond his 26 years.” Following the capture of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, it did seem United had a wide player too many given the presence of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in the Red Devils squad. With a year remaining on his contract, and the transfer deadline just passed, there did appear an obvious need to secure Nani’s services for an additional amount of time in order to prevent him leaving for nothing in 12 months. Yet the length of contract does indicate Moyes has faith in a player who has struggled to consistently hit the heights during his six years at the club. “I’ve been impressed with his approach to training and look forward to working with him in the coming seasons,” added Moyes. Nani does boast an impressive medal collection since his £17million move from Sporting Lisbon. He was part of the Champions League-winning squad in his debut campaign, scoring a crucial penalty in the shoot-out triumph over Chelsea. last_img read more

Catch or No Catch: Antonio Brown needs to shape up

first_imgWe’re all asking the same question: Who the hell can get away with all of this? It’s exhausting just to summarize it — I can’t imagine being his coach. But seriously, 99% of the league would be gone after even one of Brown’s many mistakes. Is it clichéd to remind you that all Colin Kaepernick did was take a knee? From his unorthodox haircuts to his on-field emotion to his jaw-dropping talent, Brown has remained a beloved, if polarizing, figure for most of his career. As a Pittsburgh Steeler, he picked up the torch from receiving royalty like Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace and ran with it, reaching the Pro Bowl in seven out of his nine years with the team.  Matthew Philips is a senior writing about football. He is also a former lifestyle editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Catch or No Catch,” runs every other Tuesday. It’s far too early to take a confident stance on this case, but it’s a horrific cap on what’s been a crippling year for Brown’s reputation. That’s a shame for a player who’s so often praised by fellow players for his passion, positivity and work ethic on the field. Now, it’s up to him to prove it off the field as much as he does on it. The Raiders offered Brown a three-year contract worth over $50 million with $30 million in guaranteed money, a payoff Brown had sought despite becoming the league’s highest paid receiver in 2017. Brown seemed content. After all, as he likes to say, business was boomin’.  Over the past six months, the star wide receiver’s actions have dominated much of the NFL’s news cycle. Some would dub them “antics” or “turbulent behavior,” and they wouldn’t be wrong. Brown has been no stranger to controversy during his time in the NFL, but this year feels different. Brown says the relationship was consensual, and his attorneys allegedly plan to follow up with a countersuit against Taylor. Reports also surfaced Sunday that Brown rejected a $2 million settlement and maintains his innocence as the lawsuit moves to court. Oh, but it wasn’t. Brown’s recent domination of sports headlines began in December, when his tension with the Steelers boiled over. He refused to suit up for the pivotal regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. It was a bad look. Pittsburgh didn’t make the playoffs, and Brown was traded in March to the Oakland Raiders.  From what’s known so far, the details of the case are both disturbing and confusing. Leaked text messages from Brown to Taylor reflect his erratic persona in the most bizarre ways possible and seem to confirm a relationship between the two. center_img You’d think this would be the logical end to the Antonio Brown saga, but you’d be wrong. In fact, Brown’s string of unpredictable behavior took a sinister turn Tuesday night when The New York Times reported that Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor, had filed a civil lawsuit against him for sexual assault and rape. WTF? Again, there’s no denying that Brown is talented. And in this world, talented people can make the kinds of mistakes many others can’t. But how many mistakes can he make before you set him straight? It’s a pattern of behavior the NFL can’t keep allowing from whatever team is willing to rent his talents until it eventually grows tired of him. Sure, he butted heads with a Super Bowl-winning coach and quarterback sometimes, but one of those people is Ben Roethlisberger, who is difficult to get along with himself! Brown’s an emotional guy, and Pittsburgh isn’t a place that deals well with that. Conflict makes sense — that’s why it didn’t feel like news earlier this year when we found out there was a real disconnect between Brown and the organization. It’s the situation, duh! In the meantime, because it’s a civil case, Brown is free to play football while the investigation continues. No player in the NFL has received more attention in 2019 than Antonio Brown and rightfully so. Whew, did I recap all of that okay? Oh wait, he also asked the team to release him via social media, and it did. He recorded his reaction to the news of his release and posted it to YouTube. Classic. Oh, and the defending Super Bowl champions signed him just hours later on a one-year, $15 million contract. Business is boomin’ again. But then he showed up to training camp with frostbitten feet. Weird, but okay. Then he flat-out refused to play without his specific model of helmet, which had become outdated according to a rule that every other player seemed to accept in stride. That was weirder. He followed that up with some questionable social media posts, one referencing a fine the team gave him and one that included a recording of a phone call with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden in which Gruden questioned Brown’s commitment to the team. When that didn’t go over so well, he went to the Raiders facility and delivered a fiery rant that peaked with him calling general manager Mike Mayock a cracker. What?last_img read more