Robben gives advice to Bayern target Hudson-Odoi

first_imgArjen Robben believes Chelsea teen Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to take his “chance” amid interest in Bayern Munich to acquire the attacker.Hudson-Odoi’s future has come under speculation as his lack of playing time with the Blues has made the teenager hesitant to renew his contract, which expires in 2020.There is a thought Hudson-Odoi could follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who departed Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund and has become one of the most productive players in the Bundesliga at age 18. 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? Bayern Munich has looked to pounce, as Goal understands the reigning Bundesliga champions have tabled four bids for Hudson-Odoi, the latest worth £35 million ($45m) for the 18-year-old winger.That fee would indicate Bayern see Hudson-Odoi as a player who can contribute right away and Robben, who will be departing the German club at the end of the season, thinks that when an opportunity to comes along, it behooves a player of the youngster’s talent to take it.“He is one of the best (young players) in Europe,” Robben told beIN Sports. “You are better off getting your chance and if you get that chance then you have to take it.“For young players, it’s always the same. First, you have to take the big step to achieve it. Become a professional football player at the highest level, get into the first team, get your place.“Then, second, which can be more important, what’s sometimes missing is that you have to stay there. Staying there is often more difficult than actually becoming a footballer in the first place.“You have to to prove it, game after game, season after season and don’t be happy.”Don’t just be happy when you achieve something little or small.”Chelsea have been fighting hard to keep hold of Hudson-Odoi, with manager Maurizio Sarri saying he thinks it would be best for the teen to remain at Chelsea.In addition, Goal can confirm the Blues will report Bayern to FIFA if they find evidence the Bundesliga champions made an illegal approach to Hudson-Odoi.An illegal approach would constitute contacting the player, family or their representatives without the permission of the team that holds their registration.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher amid Loblaw Tim Hortons earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a solid advance Thursday as investors weighed mixed manufacturing data and concentrated on well-received earnings from Canadian corporate heavyweights, including grocer Loblaw (TSX:L) and coffee chain Tim Hortons (TSX:THI).Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,210.37 +90.64 0.64%S&P 500 — 1,839.78 +11.03 0.60% Dow — 16,133.23 +92.67 0.58%Nasdaq — 4,267.54 +29.59 0.70%The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 90.64 points to 14,210.37.The Canadian dollar fell 0.14 of a cent to 90.1 cents US.New York’s Dow industrials gained 92.67 points to 16,133.23, the Nasdaq climbed 29.6 points to 4,267.55 while the S&P 500 index added 11.03 points to 1,839.78.HSBC’s preliminary version of its monthly China purchasing managers’ index dipped to a seven-month low of 48.3 from January’s 49.5. Numbers below 50 show activity contracting. But a survey by Markit showed that manufacturing in the U.S. expanded at the fastest pace in almost four years in February. Its Flash U.S. Manufacturing index rose to 56.7 from 53.7 in January.Also, the Conference Board’s leading indicator, a measure of future growth, posted a moderate gain in January, suggesting the economy will continue to expand in the first half of this year.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up about 4.5% while April bullion fell $3.50 to US$1,316.90 an ounce.Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, announced a US$19- billion purchase of the popular messaging service WhatsApp late Wednesday. Facebook shares ticked $1.57 higher to US$69.63.Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group, said the Facebook deal was another example of increased merger and acquisition activity, a very positive sign for markets.“We are seeing tons of M&A, it’s almost every day now or every week” and “that shows that CEOs are confident,” Mills said.The TSX tech sector rose as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) gained 41 cents or 4.1% to $10.41 as the Facebook deal raised optimism that there is value in the smartphone maker’s messaging service.The consumer staples sector was up 2% as Loblaw reported $183 million or 65 cents per share of quarterly adjusted net earnings, which was 10 cents above estimates. Revenue was up 2.3% to $7.64 billion, also better than expected and its shares climbed $2.01 or 4.75% to $44.29.Tim Hortons posted net earnings of 69 cents a share, up from 65 cents a year ago but below analyst estimates of 77 cents. Revenue was up 10.7% to $898.5 million. The company also said it was raising its quarterly dividend by about 23% and its shares gained $1.04 or 1.79% to $58.98.The base metals segment was up 0.16 % with March copper shedding a penny to US$3.28 a pound.The utilities sector led decliners, down 0.56%.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) said Thursday that its quarterly net income was $420 million or 59 cents per share, missing estimates by a penny. It also raised its quarterly dividend by 4% to 48 cents a share and its shares declined $1.07 to $48.83.The pipeline company’s Keystone XL project suffered a major setback in a Nebraska court Wednesday as a judge overturned a state law that could have forced landowners to allow the pipeline through their property.The energy sector was off 0.13% as the March crude contract in New York slipped 39 cents to US$102.92 a barrel.TOP STORIESWhy Facebook is paying a mind-blowing $19-billion for WhatsAppFive ugly facts about Walmart management revealed in today’s earnings announcementBlackBerry gets boost as WhatsApp deal confirms messaging next ‘Internet gold rush’Loblaw shares climb after grocer posts earnings that were a lot better than analysts were expectingTim Hortons shares spike after it pulls plug on ice cream sales at Canadian storesWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer Price Index (Jan): Economists expect 0.1% rise from month before, 1.3% year over year Retail sales (Dec): Economists expect a decline of 0.4% UNITED STATES10 a.m.Existing home sales (Jan): Economists expect a decline of 4% CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESAmeren Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 12¢ a share Pinnacle West Capital Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 19¢ a share CANADAEldorado Gold Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 4¢ a share Enerplus Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 10¢ a share read more