Ozil would ‘prefer’ to stay at Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his team’s second goal against Middlesbrough on April 17, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 12 – Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has admitted he would prefer to continue playing for the Premier League club, amid new contract negotiations.The Germany international’s current deal at the Emirates Stadium is due to expire in 2018, but he appears to be keen to pen an extension as soon as possible. Ozil is reportedly after a £350,000-a-week package to keep him at the Gunners, but is hopeful that talks will conclude shortly.“It is definitely my preference to stay,” the 28-year-old playmaker said at the launch of the club’s Puma-made third kit.“It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss about the future.“For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I’m back in London, we will sit down and discuss.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sai Praneeth advances to second round

first_imgTokyo: Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth stormed into the second round of the Japan Open after beating Kento Nishimoto in straight games in the men’s singles event here on Tuesday. The unseeded Praneeth recorded a comfortable 21-17 21-13 win over the Japanese shuttler in just 42 minutes at the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament. He will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the second round. In the mixed doubles event, Satwiksairak Rankreddy and Ashwini Ponnappa started their campaign on a winning note. The duo beat the German combine of Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler in straight games 21-14 31-19. However, it was a bad day in the office for the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy, who crashed out with a 12-21 16-21 loss to Malaysia’s Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin. On Wednesday, top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will begin their campaign in the women’s and men’s singles respectively. Sindhu, who is seeded fifth, will face Yue Han, while Srikanth will take on compatriot H S Prannoy.last_img read more