Lucas won’t move in January but summer door left open

first_imgAtletico Madrid will not allow Lucas Hernandez to leave in January, says the club’s executive director Miguel Angel Gil Marin, but a summer switch to Bayern Munich is not being ruled out.The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Germany over recent weeks.Atletico have already sought to distance their World Cup winner from those reports, with president Enrique Cerezo claiming: “He wants to stay with us.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? That stance has now been reiterated ahead of the winter window.Gil Marin told Goal and Spox of the mounting rumours: “The player cannot leave Atletico Madrid in this winter transfer window.“We have a good relationship with Bayern and will meet with them in January to evaluate the situation.“If the player wants to leave we will talk about it – but only about a transfer in July.”Bundesliga champions Bayern will be pleased to hear that a deal has not been completely ruled out.Kylian Mbappe Lucas Hernandez France World Cup 2018They are, however, going to have to be patient in their ongoing pursuit of a top target.Niko Kovac will also have to make do for the time being or turn his attention to alternative targets in January.Bayern are still scrapping to salvage a season which has seen them slip surprisingly off the pace in the German top tier.They are currently taking in a winter break and will not return to action until January 18.It remains to be seen how much further they will look to take their efforts to land Hernandez before then.The 22-year-old has an €80 million (£72m/$91m) release clause in his contract which will need to be met in order for a deal to be done.If it is triggered, then Atletico will be richly compensated for parting with Hernandez and find themselves in a position of boasting considerable funds with which to go and bring in a replacement at left-back.last_img read more

UN agency helps Nicaragua fight hunger

To check rising rural poverty and hunger in Nicaragua, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping the country’s Government to support small-scale farmers boost their production of beans, maize, rice and other staple crops.The agency said that there are 52.5 million hungry people in Latin America, citing high food prices and the global recession as among the main reasons for the region’s increasing food insecurity.Although Nicaragua has made strides in the fight against hunger and poverty, it is still the second poorest country in the region after Haiti.In Nicaragua, poverty is a rural phenomenon, with two out of three people in the country-side living on less than $1 a day.FAO is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Union (EU) to help farmers’ associations increase their yields through a two-year, €3 million scheme which will, among other activities, focus on the delivery of high-quality seeds as well as the provision of technical support and marketing assistance.During the planting season which lasted from May to June, nearly 5,000 hectares of land were planted with improved bean, maize and rice seeds provided by FAO to more than 4,000 farmers.Although no results are available yet, Leonard Fagot, the agency’s project coordinator, said he is optimistic. “Many farmers will come and work with us again,” he said. 25 October 2010To check rising rural poverty and hunger in Nicaragua, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping the country’s Government to support small-scale farmers boost their production of beans, maize, rice and other staple crops. read more