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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sends message to Roman Abramovich and makes transfer statement

Thomas Tuchel wants to become the first long-term manager of the Roman Abramovich era and has told the Chelsea owner he can build a dynasty. Victory in the Champions League final against Manchester City capped a stunning turnaround in four months for the German.
But he laid out his long term vision to Abramovich at a meeting yesterday to hammer out a new deal which could see him stay at the club until 2024.

Asked whether he could be the man to end the hire-and-fire policy at Stamford Bridge in order to create sustained long-term success, Tuchel said: We have to check with the owner if this is his plan, I think it’s possible.

“It’s always possible because the foundation is very, very strong.

“If we really want to build something, I’m all in, I can tell you. And I’m happy to talk about it and discuss it. If our beliefs match, we go from there.”

Saturday’s victory over Manchester City triggered an extension clause in Tuchel’s 18-month contract which was set to run out next summer.

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“It’s a constant thing to never deny change.

“That you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sends Roman Abramovich message on future before Man City clash

Thomas Tuchel has made it clear to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich he’s keen to sign a new contract if one can be put on the table. Tuchel is six months into his current 18-month deal but insists he’s as happy as he’s ever been in his career at Stamford Bridge.
The German was axed by Paris Saint-Germain back in December and then took over from the sacked Frank Lampard at Chelsea in late January.

Chelsea had lost five of their previous eight league games under Lampard to slip down to 10th in the Premier League table.

But upon his appointment Tuchel oversaw a 15-match unbeaten run across all competitions and eventually led the Blues to fourth in the league in the final standings.

In Europe the Londoners also saw off Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid to reach a first Champions League final since 2012, in which they will face Manchester City in Portugal on Saturday night.

Chelsea reached the FA Cup final too but fell 1-0 to Leicester thanks to Youri Tielemans’ sublime long-range strike at Wembley.

Yet even though they could still end the season trophyless if they lose to City in Porto, their improvement under Tuchel has been immense.

And the former Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and PSG boss insists he’s never been happier as he hinted he’d like a new long-term contract from Russian billionaire Abramovich.

It is thought the original deal Tuchel signed would extend automatically if Chelsea reached the Champions League for each of the two years of his initial tenure.

But Chelsea are understood to be keen to extend Tuchel’s stay beyond his current deal meaning an agreement could be found after the Champions League final.

Tuchel said this week when asked about his future: “This is very easy. I’m just so happy to be here.

“I never felt so good since I was in Mainz and this feels like the perfect place and the perfect moment for the perfect place.

“I’m so happy to be here, so whatever will come will come. We cannot force things, but, of course, this is my point of view and this is very clear.”

He said: “It’s one of the nicest weeks that you can have in football. You’re one of the only two teams that are still in training. This is very, very special.

“Hopefully the players take their time to also picture it, to connect to where they came from when they were little boys with the ball under their arm in the park or in their first clubs and dreamed about becoming professionals.

“This is the moment to picture it. [This is] what we do it for. Why do you do it? Why was this dream so big? [This is the moment] to connect you to the little boy in you and feel the joy and at the same time the hunger to fulfil your dream.

“It feels like I’m in the perfect place at the perfect time. I feel very, very good.

“Hopefully it’s like this but I know we have to deliver. It’s about timing, not only about results sometimes but the chemistry, the moment, the team. Everything feels very, very good now.”

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Elon Musk makes dramatic U-TURN on cryptocurrency – cryptic tweet sends stock flying

Announcing today on Twitter the Tesla boss suggested he would support cryptocurrencies over fiat currencies. This u-turn comes after the SpaceX CEO sent out contradictory messages for over a week that began with a declaration that Tesla would be halting their acceptance of bitcoin as a payment method. On Twitter this morning, Mr Musk said: “The true battle is between fiat and crypto.
“On balance, I support the latter.”

Mr Musk was responding to a Twitter follower who said: “Yo Elon what do you think about the peeps who are angry at you because of crypto?”

This was in reference to the recent contradictory tweets from Mr Musk that have brought such volatility to cryptocurrency markets.

Over one week ago Mr Musk tweeted a statement that read: “Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin.

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Mr Musk answered the tweet by simply saying, “indeed”.

However, now  Mr Musk has retracted these earlier statements.

Mr Musk then came out with a swift clarification to end speculation that Tesla might dump their bitcoin holdings.

He tweeted:”To clarify speculation, Tesla has not sold any bitcoin.”

Then there Elon Musk tweeted a “diamond hands” emoji amid bitcoin drop, implying that Tesla won’t sell their large holdings of the world’s preeminent cryptocurrency.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Mr Musk said that Tesla had “diamond hands” suggesting the company he heads would not be shedding its $ 1.5 billion (£1.06 billion) stake in bitcoin.

The head of Tesla also tweeted: “How much is that Doge in the window?”

In this tweet he attached a cryptic image of a US dollar bill that had been manipulated to look like it had a doge coin face on it. 

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Lando Norris sends F1 title warning to Lewis Hamilton after signing new McLaren contract

Lando Norris has sent a title warning to Lewis Hamilton, after signing a new contract with McLaren. The 21-year-old tweeted: “[I’m] so excited to tell you that I’m staying with McLaren. My goal is to win races and world championships and, over the last three years, McLaren have shown me that they’re able to build a car for me to do that in. Let’s continue what we started.”

The team said the new deal “cements the McLaren driver line-up for the coming years”, with Norris’ team-mate Daniel Ricciardo already signed to a long-term contract.

Norris made his F1 debut with McLaren in 2019 and has scored two podium finishes since then. He was previously part of the team’s junior driver programme.

“Having been with the team for almost five years, I feel very much part of the family here and I couldn’t imagine starting the next phase of my career anywhere else,” Norris added.

“McLaren has been a huge support since my days in junior series and I’ve really enjoyed learning and developing as a driver since.

“My commitment to McLaren is clear: my goal is to win races and become Formula 1 World Champion and I want to do that with this team.

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“Since joining in 2017 our progression has been consistent and we have clear ambitions together for the future.

“I want to say thank you to Zak and Andreas for the belief they’ve shown in me since the beginning, and to the whole team for giving me such a strong environment to continue my career in.

“We’ve already had some incredible moments together which I’ll never forget – two podiums and securing P3 in the championship.

“Together with Daniel and the rest of the team I’m looking forward to pushing for even more success in the years to come.”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown described Norris as “one of the brightest talents on the F1 grid”.

“I’m delighted with the extension of our agreement with Lando for 2022 and beyond,” he said.

“He’s been instrumental in our return of form here at McLaren and we’re proud of the growth he’s shown since he first started with us back in 2017.

“Lando is one of the brightest talents on the Formula 1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength-to-strength both on and off track.”

Team principal Andreas Seidl added: “Our decision to confirm Lando’s long-term future at McLaren was very straightforward. Lando has impressed us since his rookie year with his performances, and his evolution as a driver since then has been clear to see.

“He’s an integral part of our performance recovery plan and his record so far, securing two podiums with the team over the past year, has shown he’s a formidable competitor on track.

“Like him, we have strong ambitions for our future together and I’m pleased we’re continuing this journey for both Lando and the team.

“In Lando and Daniel we have a hugely talented and exciting driver line-up, and this announcement is a strong signal of commitment to the next chapter for McLaren from 2022 onwards.”

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South China Sea tensions explode as US sends destroyer through Strait – Beijing backlash

This prompted further fears of all-out conflict in the disputed region. The US Navy released a statement explaining why the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Curtis Wilbur, was complying with international law.
The statement read: “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”

But China denounced the US Navy for “disrupting” peace in the contested waters.

A spokesman for China’s Eastern Theatre Command said: “The US actions sends the wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces, deliberately disrupting the regional situation and endangering peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

The remarks come after a former Australian Major General warned of a “very big war” between the US and China in the event that China decides to take back Taiwan by force.

China’s stance toward its neighbour has become increasingly aggressive and its rhetoric is ever more belligerent.

In April, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng insisted that Beijing “will never allow Taiwan to be independent.”

Retired Major General and Liberal Senator Jim Dolan pointed out that Washington is “not convinced” that it could win any such military clash and that Australia could face “collateral attacks” from Beijing.

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Rafael Nadal sends clear message to Djokovic and Sonego after reaching Italian Open final

“It is important for my confidence to be back in an important final like this one.

“Tomorrow I am going to have a tough opponent in front of me for sure, Djokovic or Sonego, but I need to be ready and play my best tennis.”

Meanwhile, Amazon tennis pundit Greg Rusedski was asked who the favourite would be if Nadal took on his old foe Djokovic in the final.

“Rafa is always the favourite when you meet him on a clay court,” he replied.

When pressed on if Nadal would be a heavy favourite, Rusedski added: “Not a clear favourite. Djokovic against Tsitsipas was impressive the way he fought back.

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Lewis Hamilton's boss Toto Wolff sends message to Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan

Speaking a few years ago at an F1 live event, Khan said he was open for talks with F1 about a race in the city.

Khan told F1: “My ambition is for London to carry on being the sporting capital of the world, whether it’s tennis, cricket, football, athletics, American football, American baseball, American basketball – and if it’s the case that F1 want to talk to us about organising a Grand Prix in London, I’m really happy to speak to them, work with them.

“There are some hurdles we have to overcome, but it can’t be beyond the wit of us to organise it in the future.

“So look, bring it on.”

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Reported cyberattack on major US pipeline sends oil & gasoline prices higher

Crude and fuel price rose on Monday as one of the largest fuel pipeline systems in the US remained largely shut down after a reported cyberattack. The US has declared a state of emergency in 17 states due to the situation.

Both Brent and US West Texas Intermediate futures climbed around 0.7% to $ 68.79 a barrel and $ 65.37 a barrel respectively on Monday morning. Meanwhile, US gasoline futures and heating oil jumped around 1%. 

The spike comes shortly after Colonial Pipeline, the operator of a key gasoline pipeline that transports about 45% of fuel consumed by the US East Coast, said it had been hit by a cyberattack. The company had to halt operations of its main lines, with only smaller lines between terminals and delivery points remaining operational. The operator is still struggling to get the full system back online, and did not say when it would be able to do that. 
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Some analysts warn that longer disruptions could push prices at the pumps higher. According to Bloomberg, average US gasoline prices may rise to $ 3 a gallon – their highest since 2014 – faster than previously expected, until Memorial Day at the end of May.

“If it [disruption] lasts longer, it’s likely to result in some location dislocations – shortage of oil products in the East Coast, abundance in the Gulf region. That will support New York product prices and might attract more oil products from abroad,” Giovanni Staunovo, commodity analyst at UBS Group AG, said, as cited by Bloomberg.

On Sunday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regional emergency declaration covering 17 states and the District of Columbia. The order relaxes rules for drivers carrying gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products.

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Max Verstappen sends Red Bull warning after Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

“Already at the end with the softs he was faster, and then when we were put on the mediums he clearly had a lot more pace, he could just stay within one second.

“There was not much we could have done.

“They went for another stop and then I knew it was over because I was already struggling with the tyres and you could see every lap he was getting closer and closer. I was just a sitting duck.

“We were just clearly lacking pace. I tried everything I could.

“We are not where we want to be. We have to push hard and catch up because at the moment we are a little bit slower.”

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High global demand sends Russian Urals crude oil price soaring

Russia’s Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday that the average price for domestic Urals oil benchmark stood at $ 62.50 per barrel in April, which is a 340% increase in annual terms.

According to the ministry, in the first four months of the year the average price for the Russian export oil brand was $ 60.47 per barrel, compared with the average price of $ 41.04 per barrel during the same period of 2020.

Experts say that the price rise was primarily due to the recovery of global demand for fuel and the fulfillment of the terms of the OPEC+ deal. 
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The current rise in the price of Russian oil is also due to the peculiarities of its composition, says Viktor Parno, Argus’ vice president for business development in Russia, CIS and Baltic States. He explained to RT Russia that Urals crude is characterized by a high sulfur content, while Brent and American WTI are considered lighter grades.

“From time to time, the market situation develops in such a way that medium-heavy varieties become more popular than light ones. In terms of supply volumes, Urals is now the most demanded oil grade in Europe,” Parno said, adding that the main importers in the region are Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and a number of other EU countries.

According to him, China and Japan are also among the major buyers of Russian oil.

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