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Jessica Ennis" coach Toni Minichiello slams UK Athletics for "lack of respect"

Ennis coach slams UK Athletics and claims 'lack of respect' forced him out the door

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

20:18 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 9 February 2013

Jessica Ennis' coach, Toni Minichiello, has cut all ties with UK Athletics, claiming he felt ‘bullied’ and ‘not respected’ and alleging that chief executive Niels de Vos had not even congratulated him after Ennis won Olympic gold last summer.

Minichiello had been offered a consultancy role within UKA after his old job came to an end last month.

But Minichiello, who has coached Ennis since she was 12, has turned down the role after relations between him and De Vos and head coach Peter Eriksson soured.

Winning relationship: Toni Minichiello will continue to coach Jessica Ennis

Winning relationship: Toni Minichiello will continue to coach Jessica Ennis

Errikson said last month that Minichiello had been offered a new job and it was his decision to ‘take it or leave it’.

That jarred with Minichiello, who was at the European Indoor Championship Trials in Sheffield yesterday.

‘He said take it or leave it and I left it,’ he said. ‘It reflects what
their attitude and position is on what I’ve achieved in coaching.

‘What I’ve done with Jess, coaching her from such a young age, is
unique. You look at that statement and it shows a lack of respect. I
felt bullied and I’m sick and tired of that.’

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

Minichiello will continue to coach Ennis as she targets the World Championships and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Pay me or don’t pay me, I am still going to coach Jess,’ he said.

Swede Eriksson, who took over from Charles van Commenee as head coach,
said Minichiello’s offer was worth more than his previous job.

‘He had a better financial offer than when he was a full-time employee,’
he said. ‘We gave him a better offer to coach one athlete and he turned
it down. That’s his choice, if he doesn’t want the job, that’s fine.’

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

Minichiello disagreed with Eriksson’s interpretation, saying: ‘It was
actually a reduction in my overall salary compared with the financial
package I was getting before.’

But it was the lack of validation that really hurt Minichiello.

‘After the Olympics, I got floods of congratulations, but there were two
notable absentees — Niels and Ed Warner, the chairman,’ he added. ‘At
no point did they pat me on the back, it was pretty clear they didn’t
rate me even after that success.’

Golden girl: Minichiello fears that his time with Ennis could be limited if he has to look for other work

Golden girl: Minichiello fears that his time with Ennis could be limited if he has to look for other work

A UKA statement said: ‘We made Toni a good offer to continue working
with us, but he has decided he would prefer to coach independently.

We have no issue with that and absolutely respect his decision. His
track record with Jessica is superb and if he feels his decision is the
best way to maintain success, then we respect that.

‘We’ll continue to support Jess and Toni 100 per cent with all training, medical and support services.’

Priority: Head of UKA Niels de Vos confirmed they would still be working very closely with Ennis

Priority: Head of UKA Niels de Vos confirmed they would still be working very closely with Ennis

John Guidetti stakes claim for Manchester City promotion after scoring for development squad on injury return

Guidetti stakes claim for City promotion after scoring nine minutes into injury return

By
Paul Collins

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19:51 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 14 January 2013

Manchester City striker John Guidetti returned to Blues colours for the first time in 18 months today – and marked the occasion with a goal.

Guidetti has been out of action for nine months with a knee injury and also had an extended spell on loan at Feyenoord.

The Swede took just nine minutes to hit the target, sliding in to finish off Marcos Lopes' cross.

Remember me John Guidetti (right) in action for Manchester City's development squad on Monday

Remember me John Guidetti (right) in action for Manchester City's development squad on Monday

Jose Angel Pozo and Albert Rusnak wrapped up a 3-1 win for City, with Reading's consolation coming through Lawson D'Ath.

Guidetti is yet to feature in a Premier League game for City, but proved his talent when on loan last season with Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals in just 23 appearances.

On target: Guidetti (floored) scores City's first goal of the game in a 3-1 win against Reading

On target: Guidetti (floored) scores City's first goal of the game in a 3-1 win against Reading

He signed a new three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League champions in October last year.

West Ham, Southampton, Sunderland and Fiorentina have shown interest in Guidetti and City are keen for him to gain Premier League experience so could send him out on loan.

Celtic reaching Champions League last 16 is on par with 2003 UEFA Cup final, says Johan Mjallby

The spirit of Seville: Mjallby proud of Celtic stars for matching the class of 2003

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00:00 GMT, 20 December 2012

Johan Mjallby placed the achievement of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League on a par with reaching the UEFA Cup Final in 2003.

Celtic will discover which one of the seven sides they will face in next year’s knockout stages when the draw is made in Nyon at 10.30.

The German trio of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Schalke are joined by Manchester United, Paris St Germain, Malaga and Juventus as the Scottish champions’ potential opponents.

Mjallby and Neil Lennon were pillars of Martin O’Neill’s side which tried, but failed, to make it out of the group stage, yet which managed to go all the way to Seville.

They're just champion: Johan Mjallby - pictured presenting a donation to Yorkhill Hospital - says it's as good as 2003

They're just champion: Johan Mjallby – pictured presenting a donation to Yorkhill Hospital – says it's as good as 2003

And the Swede feels that in successfully hurdling two qualifiers before eliminating Benfica and Spartak Moscow and beating Barcelona, the class of 2012-13 can take pride of place alongside the team of 10 years ago.

Asked if this year’s campaign was already as good as that of 2003, the Celtic assistant manager said: ‘Yes, it is for me personally. Seville, that was the biggest disappointment as well, because if you are in a final there’s only two teams left.

‘But it was maybe the biggest achievement in a way, as we beat a lot of good teams on the way.

‘When I came back here three years ago, obviously I wasn’t too sure that I would be sitting here with a chance to play the last 16 of the Champions League.

‘It’s been great having that chance and I think we have improved a lot of the players as well; that’s a part of management and what you want to do.

‘It’s something we are really happy with.

‘We are so proud of the players and it is one of the greatest achievements that I have been involved in to make it to the last 16.

‘You are usually only happy when you win things, win titles — but the Champions League is the Champions League.

‘Usually, money talks, and that is why we are really happy. The team I played in had better financial resources than this team.’

Magic moment: Kris Commons rifles home the penalty which sealed Celtic's progression

Magic moment: Kris Commons rifles home the penalty which sealed Celtic's progression

Celtic’s run this season has made players like Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama household names around the continent. And Mjallby feels that watching such players develop and thrive under the most intense scrutiny football has to offer has been every bit as satisfying as the results.

‘We didn’t know when we started this adventure if we were good enough to play without the ball,’ he added.

‘It’s always going to be different playing in Europe; a lot of teams are very good at keeping the ball and we have to give up a lot of possession to other teams. When you’re not used to it, you don’t know.

‘Yes, we played in the Europa League last season but the Champions League is a step up — and these teams are even better.

‘We didn’t really know if we had the capabilities to defend as a team without the ball for long spells, but I think we have taken a lot of confidence from it — and we have shown that we can do it.

‘You have to remember that we have scored quite a few goals as well and, apart from the Benfica game, we have looked quite dangerous on the counter-attack.

‘It’s great that we can maybe change the style of play now and again and, if you have that in your back pocket, it will stand you in good stead.’

Tough to take: Mjallby (right), Henrik Larssen and Ulrik Laursen reflect on a painful defeat in Seville

Tough to take: Mjallby (right), Henrik Larssen and Ulrik Laursen reflect on a painful defeat in Seville

Celtic will be at home first on either February 12, 13, 19 or 20 before playing the second leg away from home on March 5, 6, 12 or 13 and Mjallby admits there are some sides he would relish playing more than others.

‘The ones I would rather not get are Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United — you have to remember they’re top of the Barclays Premier League, one of the hardest leagues in the world,’ he added.

‘You can say maybe from the glamour point of view it would be a nice to get Manchester United, but you have to remember they are a great team who always play in the Champions League and do well. So that would be very hard.

‘PSG would be hard, too. They have spent so much money. And Juventus.

‘Probably Schalke and Malaga are the two, on paper, who might seem the best to get.

‘But the good thing for us is that, whoever we get, we are not going to be the favourites. The pressure will be more on the other team.

‘I think it is easy now and then to be the underdog. Usually when we play domestically in Scotland we won’t be underdogs, so it’s a bit different.

‘I think our support accepts that we might not have the ball all the time, but we have taken a lot of confidence.’

Arsene Wenger no regrets over Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Wenger reveals how Ibrahimovic slipped through the net at Arsenal as cocky 16-year-old kid

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10:17 GMT, 16 November 2012

Arsene Wenger says he has no regrets about missing out on Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he came to Arsenal for a trial aged 16.

The Paris St German superstar made headlines this week when he scored four goals – one of which now sits among history's greatest – in Sweden's win over England.

Zlat trick: Arsenal missed on Ibrahimovic in 2000 when he refused to take a trial with the club

Zlat trick: Arsenal missed on Ibrahimovic in 2000 when he refused to take a trial with the club

Zlat trick: Arsenal missed on Ibrahimovic in 2000 when he refused to take a trial with the club

The subsequent clamour over Ibrahimovic bought back into focus one of his most famous quotes, in which he allegedly told Wenger that 'he doesn't do trials' after being invited to Highbury in 2000.

Ibrahimovic eventually joined Ajax, and has gone on to win league titles with AC Milan, Barcelona and Inter, while commanding transfer fees in excess of 150million. He's also bagged three goals against the Gunners to knock them out of the Champions League.

Wenger, though, insists he doesn't look back ruefully on the day the Swede got away.

The Frenchman said: 'He came here to visit the training ground. He didn't want to take a trial because he was 16 years old at the time. He went home and we decided against watching him again.

'I wanted to see him in training but it didn't stop him from making a great career. In the end, he chose to go to Ajax Amsterdam. That happens. He's not the only one.

Reflecting on Ibrahimovic's stunning acrobatic strike in stoppage time at the end of Wednesday's international friendly, Wenger was stunned.

He added: 'Sometimes, when a guy has a
shot from 30 yards and puts it in the top corner, you say “it's a
fantastic goal” – but somehow you believe you can do that as well, even
if you cannot do it on a consistent level.

Haunted: Ibrahimovic has since twice helped knock Arsenal out of the Champions League, with Barcelona and Milan

Haunted: Ibrahimovic has since twice helped knock Arsenal out of the Champions League, with Barcelona and Milan

Haunted: Ibrahimovic has since twice helped knock Arsenal out of the Champions League, with Barcelona and Milan

'But when he scores a goal like that, you think it’s impossible for a normal athlete. You have to be an exceptional athlete to do that.

'They say he’s a master in kung fu. You could see that on Wednesday night. You need some special flexibility, subtleness and physical strength to do that, apart from the fact that you have to realise what you have to do.'

Head over heels: Ibrahimovic scored one of history's greatest goals in Sweden's friendly win over England

Head over heels: Ibrahimovic scored one of history's greatest goals in Sweden's friendly win over England

Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu wanted by Espanyol and Valencia

Chelsea midfielder Romeu may be given a route back to Spain

PUBLISHED:

22:30 GMT, 12 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 12 November 2012

Espanyol and Valencia want to take Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu back to Spain.

Romeu, 21, left Barcelona for Stamford Bridge 18 months ago but has struggled to command a regular place.

His agent Magico Diaz is understood to have held talks with Valencia at the weekend but they could be edged out by Espanyol. PSV Eindhoven are also interested.

Wanted: Chelsea midfielder Romeu could return back to Spain

Wanted: Chelsea midfielder Romeu could return back to Spain

Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo was in Holland at the weekend and took the opportunity to watch forward target Wilfried Bony in Vitesse Arnhem's 0-0 draw against FC Twente.

Scouts from Everton, Liverpool and Wigan were also at the game.

Chelsea are giving an extended trial to
Malmo 14-year-old Zacharias Faour while another young Swede, IFK
Gothenburg defender Hampus Dahlquist, 15, is set for trials with
Arsenal next week.

Struggle: Romeu has failed to command a regular place in the Chelsea side

Struggle: Romeu has failed to command a regular place in the Chelsea side

Meanwhile, Chinese side Guizhou Renhe say they have opened talks with Frank Lampard's representatives over a proposed move.

Renhe's deputy chairman Yang Xiayou said: 'Yes, we are in contact with Lampard but so far nothing has been settled.'

Swede Hanson in Ryder Cup dilemma over sick son

Swede Hanson in Ryder Cup dilemma after sick son rushed to hospital

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21:56 GMT, 8 September 2012

Swede Peter Hanson's Ryder Cup
preparations were thrown into chaos when his infant son was rushed to
hospital with a virus and put in isolation on Saturday.

Yet, with just 19 days to go before
the start of one of the biggest events in the world No 34's golf career,
he has been told to resist his natural instinct as a father and steer
clear of his child's bedside.

Anxious dad: Peter Hanson of Sweden

Anxious dad: Peter Hanson of Sweden

If he ignored the advice, he would risk having to pull out of the cup altogether. Hanson, 34, was racing up the leaderboard in the KLM Open in Holland when he learned that his 18-monthold son Tim was in hospital in Orlando suffering from a serious virus that affects children's lungs.

But despite wishing to be with his family, he has been told not to race to the child's bedside because he too could catch the virus – and this would threaten his place against the Americans at Medinah, in Chicago.

Explaining his decision to stay in Holland, Hanson – a member of the 2010 victorious Europe team – said: 'Tim has got an RS virus, which is dangerous when you are a child. He has been ill for a couple of days and it goes down to the lungs.

'I spoke to the doctor and he said that, with the Ryder Cup coming up, it might be possible I could also pick up the virus.

'So that's why we have Tim isolated in the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, because my wife Sanna is now ill and so too is our nanny.

'The doctors said that when they cough it could be so easy for me to pick up the virus.'

So when he tees off in the fourth round of the KLM Open today, just one shot behind four joint leaders who include England's Graeme Storm and Scotland's Scott Jamieson, Hanson's biggest test will be putting aside, for a few hours, his family concerns.

USPGA Championship 2012: Rory McIlroy ready to turn the screw

Confident McIlroy ready to turn the screw after solid start in the USPGA Championship

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UPDATED:

07:17 GMT, 10 August 2012

Rory McIlroy made golf look ridiculously easy again on Thursday, but he was expecting to have to work a lot harder on his return to Kiawah Island on Friday.

One behind US-based Swede Carl Pettersson after starting the USPGA Championship – golf's final major of the year – with a five-under-par 67, McIlroy was in no mood to make any bold predictions.

'We know that there's going to be a bit of wind coming in and maybe a bit of bad weather,' the 23-year-old Northern Irishman said.

Stay cool: Rory McIlroy is well in the hunt after the first round of the USPGA

Stay cool: Rory McIlroy is well in the hunt after the first round of the USPGA

'It's just something that you're going to have to deal with and I'm just happy that I got off to a great start – I have a great platform to go from.

'Hitting balls on the range there was completely no wind. It was flat calm and I really thought that I had to take advantage of the conditions.

'I'm pretty comfortable on the golf course. I played nine holes on Monday, nine holes on Tuesday and that was it.

Driving on: McIlroy is one off the lead

Driving on: McIlroy is one off the lead

'I didn't feel like I needed to play any more. I've got my lines off the tees and I know what it's like around the greens.

'I think that was any first bogey-free round in a while, and it's always nice to shoot a round with no bogeys.

'I've had my fair share of weeks where I've started well and had a couple of bad rounds. I think that's just golf.

'You get weeks where you're feeling good and you're playing well and you're just able to keep rolling and continue the momentum from one day to the next. Hopefully this is one of these weeks.'

McIlroy worked with putting coach Dave Stockton in Akron last week, but it was more than just technical stuff.

'He sort of said to me, 'Just go out there and have fun and enjoy it and smile'. That's something that I've really tried to do and it's definitely helped.'

Alongside McIlroy are another Swede, Alex Noren, Spanish Ryder Cup hopeful Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and big-hitting American Gary Woodland.

Graeme McDowell was handily placed on four under – part of a group which also included Adam Scott, the Australian who blew the Open last month with four closing bogeys.

Catch him if you can: Carl Pettersson is out in front in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Catch him if you can: Carl Pettersson is out in front in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Wales' Irish Open champion Jamie Donaldson shot 69s, while Ian Poulter and 2008 champion Padraig Harrington – both looking to move into a Ryder Cup qualifying place – had 70s.

Two late birdies helped Martin Laird to a one under 71, but Luke Donald was in the water on the 17th as he shot 74 and Lee Westwood also finished poorly and signed for a 75.

Former Open champions Darren Clarke and Paul Lawrie both had 73s like Simon Dyson and David Lynn, while Robert Rock took 76 and Paul Casey, with only one cut made since dislocating his shoulder snowboarding last Christmas, struggled again and handed in a 79

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Rory McIlroy roars again at US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island

Day to savour as super Rory roars again in electric start to US PGA Championship

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23:05 GMT, 9 August 2012

We enjoyed Rory McIlroy scoring his lowest under-par round in a major since his record-breaking exploits at the US Open last year. We had Tiger Woods breaking 70 and John Daly providing a glorious reminder that few things pay in this game quite like perseverance.

In short, we had arguably the three most natural talents the game has seen over the past 20 years all producing the goods on the same day for perhaps the first time, and so providing the 94th US PGA Championship with an electrifying beginning.

Perhaps there is sporting life outside the Olympics after all.

Back on track: Rory McIlroy watches his drive from the 15th tee during a good start at Kiawah Island

Back on track: Rory McIlroy watches his drive from the 15th tee during a good start at Kiawah Island

Certainly there will be if Rory and Tiger keep going in the manner of their opening rounds, where the former struck the ball from tee to green with all the confidence of his best days to record a five-under-par 67 and the latter putted in the manner of yesteryear for a 69.

Daly, meanwhile, finished between them following a 68 to build on his performance in the Reno Tahoe Open last week, where he was tied fifth to register his best finish in America for seven years.

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All three were on the first page of the leaderboard, chasing the American-based Swede Carl Pettersson, who shot 66. He showed his liking for Pete Dye-designed courses and golf in these parts in April when he won the Heritage Classic, about an hour’s drive away on another Dye course at Hilton Head.

Is there something in this grass lark McIlroy had enthused in the build-up about the paspalum strain used here and predicted it would prove an advantage for players like himself, Dustin Johnson and defending champion Keegan Bradley, who all practice at the Bear’s Club in South Florida, where it is also used. Here, Bradley shot 68, Johnson 71, while McIlroy holed his share of putts as well for the ideal start.

Work to do: Tiger Woods found his touch on the greens but must improve his long game

Work to do: Tiger Woods found his touch on the greens but must improve his long game

Out on the range at 7.15am, the sun was shining, there was not a breath of wind and the 23-year-old knew if he was to make an impact on this major he had to take advantage.

Over the course of the next five hours he did much to suggest that, following a difficult summer, normal service is about to be resumed.

Here was McIlroy opening his shoulders once more and wielding his driver to great effect. What an asset it is when you can hit 330-yard drives straight and true. The sixth was a perfect example. Most of the field were hitting mid to short irons. McIlroy had a flick with a wedge for his approach.

It gave him one of five birdies during his first bogey-free round this year. The other thing that made a difference was a putting session with Dave Stockton at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, where McIlroy finished fifth.

Wild Thing: John Daly shot a superb four-under 68 to continue his fine recent form

Wild Thing: John Daly shot a superb four-under 68 to continue his fine recent form

Stockton, a controversial Ryder Cup captain here in 1991, has reinvented himself as a putting guru and done wonders for McIlroy’s confidence on the greens. ‘He made a slight adjustment to my routine and stroke that has made a huge difference,’ said McIlroy.

The other thing the American suggested was to play with his head up and a smile on his face. This used to come naturally to the Northern Irishman but his typically sunny countenance has not been much in evidence over the past few months. ‘It is something I’ve tried to do this week and last, and it has definitely helped,’ he said.

Off course: Luke Donald hits from the sand by the seventh green during a disappointing round

Off course: Luke Donald hits from the sand by the seventh green during a disappointing round

For those who think Woods cannot putt any more, how does a total of 22 putts for 18 holes on these sloping greens sound Twelve single putts allowed Tiger to escape with an eminently encouraging score, but he knows he will have to raise his game from tee to green if he is to end his four-year major drought.

Two months before the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah, a redneck from Arkansas drove through the night as the last reserve to get into the PGA field and duly ended up four days later with the Wanamaker Trophy. What a life Daly has lived in the intervening 21 years and how good it is that, at 46, he seems to have finally found a little inner peace. ‘The most important thing is my mind is right, I’m healthy at last, and it is giving me a chance,’ he said.

Looking good: Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell started the year's final major in style

Looking good: Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell started the year's final major in style

Like these players, Lee Westwood was another blessed with an early tee time on a day when the wind picked up after lunch to make life difficult for the afternoon starters. But the 39-year-old Englishman seems to have lost his mojo and another major year appears about to come and go without him winning one after opening with a poor 75.

Better news concerned Ian Poulter, who could do with a good week to boost his Ryder Cup chances and opened with a useful 70. Not so Martin Kaymer, without a top-10 finish since April and likely to drop out of the automatic qualifying spots after a 79.

Among the afternoon starters, Spanish
Ryder Cup hopeful Gonazalo Fernandez-Castano fared best with a fine 67,
while Aussie Adam Scott bounced back from his Open meltdown with a 68.
Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell was four under but world No 1 Luke
Donald has work to do on Friday morning after a 74.

AC Milan to refund season tickets after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva sale

Take Zlat back! Angry Milan fans offered refund on season tickets after Ibra and Silva sales

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07:45 GMT, 24 July 2012

City of love: Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the world's most expensive player when he joined PSG from AC Milan

City of love: Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the world's most expensive player when he joined PSG from AC Milan

AC Milan says it will give refunds to disgruntled fans with season tickets following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

The club made the offer in a statement on Monday after fans were left fuming at the star duo being sold, some even staging a mock funeral outside Milan headquarters.

A lawsuit has been filed arguing that some fans bought season tickets on the presumption the two players would be at the club.

The club says the offer was made because of “the need for style and love of the club towards its supporters and independent of any legal analysis,” adding that “the lawsuit is without any foundation.”

Ibrahimovic became the world's most expensive player when he completed his 31million switch from France last week.

At his unveiling by the Qatar-backed side, the Swede said: 'I'm finally here in Paris. It's a dream which has become reality, for me it's a big step in my career. Playing for PSG is an incredible thing.

'It's a beautiful project and one I'm happy to be a part of. Now that I'm here I want to play my part in the history of this club. I'm here to win and that's the most important thing.'

Carlo Ancelotti's men finished second behind Montpellier in Ligue 1 last season but the squad has been heavily bolstered, with, as well as Thiago Silva, PSG also announcing the signing of Italian Under 21 international Marco Verratti from Serie A outfit Pescara.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who was called up to Italy's pre-Euro 2012 squad, is highly rated and has signed a five-year contract.

Out: The world's best defender, Thiago Silva, was also sold to PSG

Out: The world's best defender, Thiago Silva, was also sold to PSG

Ibrahimovic, who had a contract with Milan until June 2015, was Serie A's top scorer last season, netting 28 goals as the Rossoneri finished runners-up to Juventus.

Ancelotti's spending spree has caused outcry from French sports minister Valerie Fourneyron.

He said:'These sums are astronomic, they are unreasonable.'

Ibrahimovic, 30, has cost a combined total of 150m in transfer fees, following spells with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.

PSG's sporting director Leonardo said: 'This is a big year for PSG. That a player of his calibre has come to Paris, it's enormous. This is a player who could change everything. '

Milan icons Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi also left the club after last season.

Travelers Championship: Live leaderboard

Travelers Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The PGA Tour is at TPC River Highlands this week for the Travelers Championship.

Swede Freddie Jacobson took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Freddie Jacobson posted 20 under par to win the Travelers Championship in 2011

Freddie Jacobson posted 20 under par to win the Travelers Championship in 2011