Suarez in block­buster ex­ten­tion talks

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BARCELONA:

Euro­pean Golden Shoe win­ner Luis Suarez said ne­go­ti­a­tions to ex­tend his con­tract with Barcelona un­til 2021 were run­ning smoothly. The 29year-old, who claimed the award for a sec­ond time af­ter fin­ish­ing top scorer across Europe last sea­son, orig­i­nally joined Barcelona on a five-year deal from Liver­pool in 2014. “Ne­go­ti­a­tions are mov­ing along nicely in the right di­rec­tion,” Suarez told a press con­fer­ence in Uruguay, where he is pre­par­ing for a World Cup qual­i­fier with Ecuador to­day. “Both par­ties want this deal to go through,” said the cen­tre­for­ward, who scored 40 Liga goals in 35 games last sea­son and 59 goals from 53 games in all com­pe­ti­tions. Barcelona-based sports daily El Mundo De­portivo re­ported yes­ter­day the Span­ish cham­pi­ons had of­fered Suarez an im­proved deal un­til June 2021, two years be­yond his cur­rent con­tract. “Luis Suarez, ready,” read its head­line, while Marca also re­ported the im­mi­nent deal. “His salary rise will be sub­stan­tial,” said Marca. “Right now he earns 16 mil­lion eu­ros ($17.6 mil­lion) a sea­son, his new deal will push that to 25 mil­lion eu­ros a sea­son,” it added. —AFP

LON­DON:

Team Sky prin­ci­pal Dave Brails­ford will ap­pear be­fore Bri­tish politi­cians as part of an in­quiry into an­ti­dop­ing prac­tices in cycling, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day. The Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport se­lect com­mit­tee is look­ing into how Bri­tish cycling has han­dled anti-dop­ing is­sues and the use of ther­a­peu­tic use ex­emp­tions (TUEs). Brails­ford is likely to be asked about Sky’s Bradley Wig­gins be­ing granted three TUEs for the banned anti-in­flam­ma­tory drug tri­am­ci­nolone to treat a pollen al­lergy. “Sir Dave Brails­ford has been one of the most se­nior fig­ures in Bri­tish cycling over the last 10 years and we thought it important to speak to him as part of our in­quiry into how the sport has han­dled anti-dop­ing is­sues and the ethics around TUEs,” com­mit­tee chair­man Damian Collins told The Times. “We are now talk­ing to Team Sky about a date when he can come and speak to us.” Wig­gins’s use of tri­am­ci­nolone was re­vealed fol­low­ing a leak of his per­sonal med­i­cal data by pre­sumed Rus­sian cy­ber hack­ers the Fancy Bears in Septem­ber. —AFP

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