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first_imgGonzalo Higuain has insisted he wants to stay at Chelsea next season.The Argentina striker joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January but has mustered just three goals in 11 appearances for the Blues.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri feels Higuain must sharpen up to make a real fist of life in the Premier League but still wants the 31-year-old in his squad next term.Chelsea’s appeal against a two-window transfer ban will be heard by FIFA on Thursday and if that cannot be overturned the Stamford Bridge club may not be able to make Higuain’s move permanent.“From a personal point of view I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season,” Higuain said. “That’s my intention.“I came here and I wanted to stay. It’s a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself. So my intention is to stay here.“I’m happy here. It’s always nice to try a new league and it’s my first taste of the Premier League.”Higuain remains confident he can thrive in the Premier League after recently retiring from international duty in a bid to focus on adapting to England’s top flight.Chelsea continue to chase a top-four league finish and Europa League glory in a bid to secure Champions League football for next term, with Higuain suggesting that push remains crucial to future successes in west London.“Obviously, it’s a period where I’m adapting but I’m hoping that, although I’ve only got a short time, I can finish well,” Higuain told Chelsea’s official club website.“The best thing we can do is qualify for the Champions League and hopefully win the Europa League, too.“We’re coming towards the end, so it’s about finishing as strongly as possible.“The main objective is to finish in the top four so we can play in the Champions League, and also to encourage other players to come and play for the club.“That’s what the squad are hoping for, so that we can add players next season, and to finish the season well and make people happy.”last_img read more

first_imgBertie Auld has described Celtic great Billy McNeill as a credit to the club and an inspirational figure.McNeill died on Monday at the age of 79, following a long struggle with dementia and figures across the footballing world have been paying tribute to the iconic Scot.Auld, a fellow member of the Celtic team that won the European Cup in 1967, had a friendship with McNeill that stretched back 60 years and said the former defender could have been a success in any field.Asked what marked the Celtic captain out from others, Auld told STV: “He was educated. He could have been anything he wanted to be. “I met when he was 17. Big Jock [Stein, the Celtic manager] signed him. Jock recommended him and signed him.“I had just finished training and he was at the bottom of the tunnel, so I went over and shook his hand and said ‘Great, son. I hope you enjoy it’.“He was very articulate in everything that he did. He was a credit to Celtic Football Club.”McNeill’s leadership qualities were a key part of Celtic’s success as they won nine successive league titles and a host of domestic cups. Auld said his captain would keep his talented teammates in line and drive them on to victories. “That’s why he was such an important person,” he said. “On the park he could see us carrying on, and you would never ever notice it during the game, but John Clark or Billy would just come up and have a wee whisper – ‘enough of the kidding on’.“The chest was out and he was six-foot 40-something. I promise you, walking down next to him you felt that comfortable.”McNeill went on to become a successful Celtic manager, clinching four league titles over two spells and a domestic double in the club’s centenary year of 1988.He added: “He always loved Celtic and wanted to manage Celtic and rightly so. That’s the type of character he was.“He was a great captain. If things weren’t going right, when Bob Kelly was the chairman, Billy could talk to him. I couldn’t, he would have papped me out of the door!”McNeill was capped by Scotland 29 times and wore the armband for the national team, but his friend said he should have had more reward for his talents at international level.“I didn’t think he got as many caps as he should have because he was outstanding as a player,” Auld said. “All you have to do is look at the history of him.“As far as I was concerned, he had more than people appreciated. The Celtic support appreciated him but he wasn’t one that came out with stories to tell or that would have made headlines. He let his football do that.“Everybody looked up to him.”last_img read more

first_imgPlease don’t be alarmed, but there’s a very good chance you’re paying too much for car insurance. That is, unless you’re taking advantage of every discount available to you, and you’re probably not.How can you use something you’re not even aware exists? Sure, there are a few auto insurance discounts you might know, but there are also many that some car insurers won’t tell you up front.The good news is that there are more discounts available with car insurance than ever before, meaning you can save a nice percentage on your policy if you know where to look.Some discounts you might want to investigate include:Multi-carIf you have more than one vehicle, having them all insured in one policy with the same company often qualifies you for a multi-car discount of 25% per vehicle on average.Be aware that each car must be registered in your name and driven by drivers listed on the policy.BundlingWhen you combine your car insurance with other types of insurance such as renters’ or homeowners’ policies, you can usually qualify for a discount.Not to mention, it’s a heck of a lot easier to make one payment to one company.New Car Safety FeaturesWhen considering your purchase of a new or pre-owned car less than three years old, remember that features like passive restraint systems (airbags, motorized seat belts) can save you even more money.Because the inclusion of safety features in new cars can qualify you for a variety of discounts, check with your insurance carrier to see which ones you can claim on your policy.Finally, keep in mind that it’s becoming increasingly common for insurance carriers to offer discounts for alternative fuel and eco-friendly models.Safe DriverMany insurance providers give discounts to drivers who voluntarily elect to take a defensive driving course.In addition, if you have a clean driving record (i.e., no accidents or moving violations for a specified number of years), you can probably take advantage of additional savings.Finally, if your new or old vehicle is equipped with safety equipment such as antilock brakes, an alarm system or running lights, you’ll save more.Married DriverFor whatever reason, statistics show that married drivers have fewer motor vehicle accidents than single people.As a result, car insurance companies – who take statistics very seriously when formulating their policies – often provide married driver discounts.If you’re already married (tip: don’t get married just to save on car insurance), ask your insurance carrier for this discount.If you’re a newlywed, be sure to combine your beloved’s policy with yours to save more (see the multi-car discount above).Home OwnershipLike with marriage, owning a home apparently shows insurance carriers that you are now a responsible adult.This perceived stability also suggests that you are a more careful driver and so voila!, the home ownership discount was born. Enjoy.Currently Insured/Early SigningMany insurance carriers will offer a discount if you switch to them before your existing policy with another provider expires.By not waiting until your policy ends before signing with a new provider, you can potentially knock up to 10% off your bill.Teen DriverYes, usually the younger the driver, the higher the premium, however if your teen gets good grades (above a B average) or attends college more than 100 miles from home (and doesn’t bring his or her car), you can somewhat offset the cost of adding a teen to your policy.In addition, naming your teenager as an occasional driver of your least expensive car will help you save some money.Finally, add your son or daughter to your existing policy to take advantage of multi-car discounts.OtherSome additional discounts your insurance carrier may not mention include savings for those in low-risk occupations, people who belong to professional organizations or the military, and buyers who opt to pay the premium all at once through auto-pay, and/or using paperless billing.Drivers over the age of 55 may also enjoy a senior discount.Finally, it can’t hurt to inquire about loyalty discounts, which will vary depending on how long you’ve been a customer, and renewal discounts if you renew your policy in advance of the renewal date.While certainly not exhaustive, the above list can put you on course to save on your car insurance.It’s also important to remember that even a company that provides the most discounts may not necessarily offer the lowest auto insurance rates, so it’s important to shop around and compare auto insurance quotes.This article was written and sponsored by CoverHound, where you can compare car insurance rates in as little as 3 minutes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more