12 August 2023

‘I’m not like Messi’ Neymar says Barcelona ‘close to returning’…persuading PSG to ‘terminate contract’

Posted on 12 August 2023 by maxytee.com

Reports have emerged that Neymar is close to parting ways with Paris Saint-Germain and returning to Barcelona.

“A deal between Neymar and Barcelona is imminent,” Catalan outlet La Porteria reported on Wednesday (Nov. 11).

Neymar has been linked with a move away from PSG in recent days. He was expected to join Luis Enrique on the Asian tour and lead the team next season, but ahead of the start of the season, PSG decided not to go with Neymar.

“PSG are pushing Neymar and Marco Verratti away,” said French outlet RMC Sport. “Neymar and Verratti missed PSG’s last training session and were not invited to the official media day. They then met with president Luis Campos and coach Luis Enrique, who told them that the club will not rely on them next season,” explaining that Neymar is out of PSG’s plans for next season.

European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano also reported on social media that “Neymar’s camp and PSG are looking for the best solution to part ways this summer. Both sides are working on the transfer of Neymar. Neymar has received offers from Al Hilal and Major League Soccer (MLS). Barcelona have to decide if they want to try and sign him.”

Indeed, Lee and other players were spotted at the media day and in official training photos, but Neymar, Verratti, and others were nowhere to be seen.

Neymar has already been linked with a return to Barcelona in recent days, and it has been suggested that he could leave PSG.

He left Barcelona for PSG in 2017 for a then-record €222 million transfer fee. He has since become an iconic star for PSG, scoring 118 goals and providing 77 assists in 173 appearances for the club.

PSG have recently opted to rebuild their squad, selling off old players and bringing in new ones. They’ve already let Messi and Sergio Ramos go this offseason, while bringing in players like Lee Kang-In, Marco Asensio, and Luca Hernandez who could be key additions to the team. Alongside these players, Neymar was expected to be the centerpiece of the team for the foreseeable future, but it appears that PSG has decided to sell Neymar, who has been sidelined by frequent injuries.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, “Neymar and Barcelona have been linked again in recent days. Neymar will sign for Barcelona this summer and the issue is causing a lively debate within the club,” said Mundo Deportivo, reporting on Neymar’s possible return to Barcelona.

Initially, Barcelona were expected to struggle to sign Neymar. “PSG are keen to part ways with Neymar, who could still leave, but it is highly unlikely that Neymar will return to Barcelona,” said Fabrice Hawkins, a journalist familiar with PSG news.

Hawkins cited Neymar’s huge salary as a reason why a return to Barcelona is unlikely. According to L’Equipe, Neymar’s salary for one year at PSG is worth €30 million (approximately $43.1 billion).

However, with Neymar taking a pay cut and Barcelona looking to sell additional stakes in order to solve their financial problems, a return to Barcelona seems to be closer than ever.

“Neymar’s return to Barcelona is imminent,” La Porteria said. Negotiations between the player and the club are very advanced and the signing of Neymar will be finalised after the completion of Barcelona’s sale of a 16 per cent stake in Barça Studios for 60 million euros ($87.4 million).”

“Neymar is willing to reduce his salary and will join Barcelona for €12 million. Neymar’s agent has a very good relationship with president Juan Laporta and led the negotiations,” explaining that Neymar was willing to take a pay cut to join Barcelona.

The media outlet emphasised that Neymar was even prepared to terminate his contract to reduce the burden on Barcelona as much as possible. “It’s all about the negotiations between Neymar and PSG. PSG are positive about Neymar leaving for Barcelona, but at the same time, they find the Saudi offer for Neymar attractive. It is more financially attractive. Neymar’s goal is to end his contract with PSG and return to Barcelona without a transfer fee,” he said, confirming that Neymar and PSG are currently in talks.

Meanwhile, unlike Neymar, Lionel Messi has given up on a move to Barcelona. Messi, who was out of contract at PSG, chose between Barcelona, Al-Hilal, and the MLS before deciding against a return to Barcelona. He revealed that he gave up on a return to Barcelona to prevent other players from being sacrificed because of him following his decision to join Inter Miami.온라인바카라

With Neymar out of the picture with PSG and having been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia and the MLS, it will be interesting to see if a return to Barcelona, where he spent his best years, will mark another turning point in his career.


Kim ‘on pace for 21 homers, 38 doubles’, but can Ichiro-Choo become first Asian to hit 20 homers and 40 doubles?

Posted on 12 August 2023 by maxytee.com

Can the San Diego Padres’ Ha Sung Kim, 28, become the first Asian player to hit 20 homers and 40 doubles?

Entering his third year in the majors, Kim is putting together his best season yet. In 110 games, he is batting .288 (106-for-368) with 15 home runs, 41 RBIs, 63 runs scored, 27 doubles, and an OPS of .835. The second half of the season has been especially hot, with a 25-for-35 (93 RBI), five home runs, 10 doubles, 19 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and a 1.052 OPS.

His home run and stolen base pace is particularly impressive. Kim is already on pace to break his own single-season home run record, surpassing the 11 he hit last season, and his stolen bases are on pace to break the record for most stolen bases by a Korean player in a single season, surpassing the 22 set by Choo Shin-soo in 2010.

Kim is on pace to reach 20 home runs and 20 steals, and if he keeps up his current pace, he will finish the season with 21 home runs and 38 steals. Only Shin-Soo Choo (2009, 2010, 2013) and Shohei Oh (Angels, 2021) are the only Asian major leaguers to reach 20 home runs and 20 doubles. This is a first for an Asian infielder.

Kim, who has been getting better and better in the second half of the season, stole three bases in a game for the first time in his major league debut on Tuesday against Seattle. If he can keep up his stealing pace, he could become the first Asian major leaguer to hit 20 home runs and 40 steals. Even Japan’s greatest player, Ichiro Suzuki, who has 3089 career hits in the major leagues, hasn’t accomplished the feat, as he has stolen 40 bases five times (2001, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) but hasn’t hit 20 home runs.온라인바카

Kim is also on pace to set a new franchise record for stolen bases. He is currently fifth in the National League in stolen bases and has stolen the most bases for San Diego since Travis Jankowski (30) in 2016. If he reaches 40 steals, he will become the 10th San Diego player to do so since Cameron Maybin (40) in 2011.

Already having the best season of his career, it’s important for Kim to maintain his current pace for the rest of the season. After a completely different second half, it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his hot bat for the rest of the season.


38-Year-Old Shortstop Hitting 3 for 2…No Successor in Sight, ‘Genius Shortstop’ Shouldn’t Retire on His Back

Posted on 12 August 2023 by maxytee.com

Doosan Bears veteran infielder Kim Jae-ho has literally “rejuvenated”. That’s because the 38-year-old shortstop is batting third and hitting second in the second half of the season. And there’s still no heir apparent to the title of “genius shortstop,” so it’s too early to call it quits.

On August 11, Doosan won an 11-4 victory over the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon. With the win, Doosan improved to 49 wins, 1 tie, and 45 losses on the season and remained in fifth place in the league. Only one game separates them from the third-place NC Dinos and fourth-place KT WIZ.

Doosan struck first in the top of the first inning. After a leadoff single by Jung Soo-bin and a walk to Kim Jae-ho, Doosan took the lead with runners on first and second when Kim Jae-hwan singled to right.스포츠토토

After a solo home run by Heo Kyung-min in the top of the second, Doosan had the bases loaded in the top of the third after back-to-back singles by Kim Jae-ho and Rojas and a walk by Yang Seok-hwan. Against reliever Lee Tae-yang, Doosan capitalized on a Kim Jae-hwan single, a fielding error, and a three-RBI double by Heo Kyung-min to take a 7-0 lead.

The Doosan bats didn’t stop scoring runs. In the top of the fourth inning, Kang Seung-ho scored on a groundout with the bases loaded, and in the top of the fifth inning, Jung Soo-bin hit an RBI triple, Kim Jae-ho scored on a groundout, and Ahn Jae-seok hit an RBI single to right field to make it 11-0.

With the big lead, Doosan took it easy in the sixth inning, making a number of changes to its lineup. Starting pitcher Brandon Waddell earned his fifth win of the season (2-2) with six innings of five-hit, four-strikeout, three-walk, one-run quality starts.

Kim Jae-ho, who batted second and played shortstop, also shined. He went 1-for-2 with a double, one RBI, two walks, and two runs scored.

In 51 games this season, Kim Jae-ho, who has been batting second most of the time lately, is batting .311 with 38 hits, 13 RBI and a .409 on-base percentage. Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Kim Jae-ho is doing so well in the No. 2 spot. He is 38 years old, so we have to take care of him, but there is no alternative, so he has to play every day. In addition to his stable defense, he has been doing a great job batting for the team,” he said, giving him a thumbs-up.

Kim Jae-ho will be a free agent after this season. It’s a crucial time for him to prove his worth in order to extend his contract. In conclusion, Doosan still hasn’t found a successor to its ‘genius shortstop’. This is because the team has had several different faces in the shortstop position since the beginning of the season, but in the end, Kim Jae-ho is still the only one who has been able to hold onto the position.

In a recent interview with MK Sports, Kim Jae-ho said, “When I am given the opportunity, I do my best in the moment. I feel happy to play every day like this. When I was younger, I rarely batted second because there were many other good hitters. Now, I think I’m in that position because of the team situation, so I try to focus on the team’s batting as much as possible. I really enjoy it when I do something to help the team win,” he smiled.

Kim has been in the best physical shape of his career this season, free from the shoulder and back injuries that have plagued him in recent years. That’s why he’s starting to smell like his old self.

“My shoulder is definitely better, so unlike last year, I can respond to the pitcher’s fastball at the plate. In defense, I’m starting to accept that my reaction time has slowed down a bit. When I was younger, I used to take my first step from the back of the infield, but now I try to take my first step from the front and reduce the angle of the hit as much as possible,” he said.

Kim Jae-ho further emphasized the importance of defense to his juniors. In the past, Doosan’s reputation was built on its defense, led by Hustle Doo, and Kim Jae-ho believes in the power of defense because he was one of the main players who built that reputation.

“Compared to the best members of the team a few years ago, it’s a challenge for us to perfectly coordinate our defense. If the younger juniors can’t settle down and change positions frequently, it’s inevitable that they won’t be able to call each other’s plays or coordinate the details of the defense. Still, defense is what makes a strong team. While batting has its cycles, defense is a great weapon that can keep you in close games when your batting cycle drops. In order to become a stronger team, we need to focus on defense for the team rather than for ourselves.”

Above all, Kim wants to prove his worth in the remaining games of the season. This is why he has a strong desire to extend his career. At this point, Doosan has yet to find a successor to Kim. It’s completely inconceivable that Kim Jae-ho, who bats second and plays shortstop every day, would retire on his back after this season. He still has a lot of work to do for the organization.

“For me, there is no early retirement (laughs). “The title of ‘Doosan’s starting shortstop’ is not something you get easily, you have to be the best that everyone recognizes. And I don’t think it should be given away easily. I have to continue to show my competitiveness in the remaining games of the season. The future is not always in my hands, but I want to prove that I’m not out of the picture just yet.”