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Decision on allowing tractor rally only after completing modalities: Delhi Police


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Jan 23

The Delhi Police have said that the talks with the protesting farmers over granting them permission to hold their proposed tractor rally inside the territory of the national capital on January 26 are “at the final stages”, as several of the modalities need to be fixed in “black & white”.

A senior police official said, a final decision on granting permission could be taken only after everything including the route, number of vehicles, their owners’ identification, and vehicles’ registration numbers are shared with the authorities, as the issue is “quite sensitive”.

READ: Farmers agree to hold Republic Day rally on Delhi’s inner roads

“All these information have been sought from the farmers and once they are shared, the same will be analysed and accordingly a final decision will be arrived at,” said the official.

Meanwhile, the police have issued an advisory saying that people would be allowed to watch the Republic Day parade at Rajpath “strictly on the production of an invitation card or a ticket”. They also said that those below 15 years of age will not be allowed at the event.

“This year, Entry to RDC-2021 will be strictly through Invitation Card/Ticket only! All those, who don’t have a valid Invitation Card/Ticket are advised to watch the live program at home. Children below 15 years of age are not allowed to RDC-2021 at Rajpath,” the Delhi Police said in a tweet, adding that there would be “no free entry to the programme this year”.

The national capital has been brought under an unprecedented ground-to-air security cover, with thousands of armed personnel keeping a tight vigil in view of the Republic day celebrations. Patrolling has been intensified in the busy market areas of the city.

Security arrangements have also been tightened at the border areas in view of a proposed tractor parade by the farmers agitating against the Centre’s new farm laws on January 26.





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Landmark Decision: UFC Decriminalizes Marijuana Use | The State

Recreational use ceased to be illegal in the mixed martial arts championship

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Starting today, a positive for carboxy-THC, the addictive component of cannabis, will no longer be considered as doping in UFC, since the championship of mixed martial arts considers that this substance does not have a relevant correlation with the performance of the fighters.

The exception to the rule is to fight under the influence of this substance, since it will remain illegal if it is detected that it was consumed by a fighter the same day of the fight.

While we want to continue to prevent athletes from competing under the influence of marijuana, we have learned that levels of carboxy-THC in blood and / or urine have little or no scientific correlation with impairment“, Explained Jeff novitzky, the UFC’s senior vice president of athletic health and performance in a statement.

This decision comes after the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in some states of the United States; In the UFC, the rule was implemented today retroactively from January 1, 2021.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends banning Trump as the right decision

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that banning President Donald Trump from Twitter was the ‘right decision’ but added the ban sets a dangerous precedent.

Dorsey spoke out in series of Tweets on Wednesday musing about the permanent ban Twitter handed down last week after Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

‘I do not celebrate or feel pride’ in the ban, Dorsey wrote, adding ‘I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety.’ 

‘Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all,’ he continued.

‘Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation,’ Dorsey wrote. 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that banning President Donald Trump from Twitter was the ‘right decision’ but added the ban sets a dangerous precedent

Dorsey went on to express concern over the actions of Amazon, Apple and Google, which took Twitter competitor offline over the weekend after it became a haven for Trump supporters.

Apple and Google removed Parler their app stores, making it unavailable on smartphones. Parler’s entire site also went offline this week after Amazon ceased to provide hosting services to the company. 

‘The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet,’ he wrote. 

‘This concept was challenged last week when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous,’ he continued. ‘This moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet.’

Dorsey spoke out in series of Tweets musing about the permanent ban Twitter handed down last week after Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol

Dorsey spoke out in series of Tweets musing about the permanent ban Twitter handed down last week after Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol

Meanwhile, Snapchat confirmed on Wednesday that its indefinite suspension of Trump has been extended to a permanent ban.

‘Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account, and have been assessing what long term action is in the best interest of our Snapchat community,’ Snapchat told The Wrap in a statement. 

‘In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account.’ 

Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram had already issued indefinitely suspended Trump last week.

On Wednesday, YouTube suspended the Trump campaign’s channel for at least a week amid concerns over ‘ongoing potential for violence,’ meaning the channel will be locked through the end of Trump’s term.

‘After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence,’ a YouTube spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Snapchat confirmed on Wednesday that its indefinite suspension of Trump has been extended to a permanent ban

Snapchat confirmed on Wednesday that its indefinite suspension of Trump has been extended to a permanent ban

Under the suspension, Trump’s channel is temporarily prevented from uploading new videos or live streams for at least seven days, although the channel remains live, YouTube said.

The official White House YouTube channel now remains one of Trump’s only ways to directly reach American citizens through social media.

On Wednesday night, he issued a video statement on the channel soon after the House voted to impeach him for a second time, on a charge of ‘incitement of insurrection.’

The president said the January 6 Capitol riot ‘angered and appalled millions of Americans across the political spectrum.’

‘I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week,’ Trump said, clearly reading from a prompter.

‘Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country – and no place in our movement.’ 

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Liverpool transfer raid on De Paul forces Leeds’ hand as ace makes decision

Liverpool have ramped up their efforts to sign Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul, who is also on Leeds United’s radar.

The Reds are looking to retain their Premier League crown this season and sit top of the table.

However, they have seen their recent form drop off and they have not won a match in three outings.

It has allowed Manchester United the chance to leapfrog them if they gain just a point from their game in hand.

Liverpool have been ravaged by injuries, not just to their defence with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out, but further up the pitch.

They include summer signings Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota as well as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Rodrigo de Paul is wanted by Liverpool and Leeds

Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his ranks this month to bring some momentum back to Anfield.

And it has led them to step up their interest in De Paul, who has been bright in Serie A this season, according to The Sun.

However, Leeds could pose a problem with the Whites desperate to sign the Argentine.

Marcelo Bielsa was close to landing his countryman in the last transfer window but a deal could not be pulled off in time.

With how the season is panning out, the Elland Road outfit were prepared to wait until the end of the season.

But they have been alerted by Liverpool’s interest, meaning they could also hasten their transfer plans.

Leeds tried signing Rodrigo De Paul in the summer

The Sun further reports that De Paul is keen on a move to the Premier League with Inter Milan also monitoring the 26-year-old.

The former Valencia star was looking to sign for Leeds in September but they refused to meet Udinese’s £35m asking price.

But the Serie A outfit are set to increase their valuation with the added interest from Liverpool, The Sun state, to £40m.

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Zaha questions Arsenal over ‘no brainer’ Pepe transfer decision

Wilfried Zaha says he was desperate to join Arsenal in the summer of 2019, and wonders why the Gunners opted for Nicolas Pepe instead of making the ‘no brainer’ decision to sign him.

The Crystal Palace star thinks clubs should prioritise signing players that they already know a lot about from facing them, with Zaha having frequently impressed against the Gunners over the years.

The Ivory Coast attacker had a discussion with then Arsenal boss Unai Emery ahead of the 2019/20 season, and he thought that he was on the way to sign for his boyhood club.

“I had a conversation with the manager, actually,” Zaha told Jamie Carragher on The Greatest Games podcast.

“He was just like, ‘we don’t need to go through much’. He’s seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that. It was like, ‘yeah, we’d love to have you’.

Zaha could have joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019

“And I was just like, ‘I’d love to come’.

“The conversation was rather straightforward because I’ve played against him when he’s managed Arsenal, he’s seen what I can do, he’s seen my work rate, what I can add to the team.

“Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose, and obviously they chose Pepe over me.”

Zaha says that Premier League clubs who know all about the players they come up against should look to be bringing in those players instead of taking gambles on stars from abroad who may not settle in to the division.

The Gunners opted to sign Nicolas Pepe instead
The Gunners opted to sign Nicolas Pepe instead

“I just think if there’s a player who plays in the Premier League who you see week in, week out, and you know what he does… I feel like it’s a no-brainer,” he said.

“The other leagues, I feel like they are totally different, in the Prem there are no easy games whatsoever. Every team is going to give you a run for your money. There’s no game where you’re going to go, ‘yeah, we’re going to win 5-0’.

“That’s my thought. I totally understand what you mean. I feel like when players come from abroad, I don’t know, they just have that edge with clubs, it’s just like [they say], ‘yeah, I may want him a bit more because he’s from there’.”

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Ffos Las clerk on late decision to abandon racing due to frost

Racing at Ffos Las was abandoned less than 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the card due to frost in the ground.

Four inspections were held at the West Wales track, after temperatures dipped to -2C overnight.

Jockeys Sam Twiston-Davies, Will Kennedy and Rex Dingle joined trainers Anthony Honeyball, Sarah-Jayne Davies, Peter Bowen and David Rees to assess conditions.

BHA and course officials were interviewed and the stewards ordered the seven-race card to be abandoned at 12.45pm.

The decision was made, 13 minutes before the first race at 12.58pm, due to frost in the bypass areas.

Clerk of the course Dai Jones said: “We gave it every chance.

“The weather was supposed to get up to about 4C and unfortunately it never was above 1C.

“The sun came out for about an hour and then went back in.

Jockey and trainers check the going at Ffos Las Racecourse

“We had a delegation of jockeys and trainers come out and look at the track, the racing line was OK but there was still a bit of frost in the ground in the bypass areas.

“Safety is paramount so we had to abandon.”

Trainer Jamie Snowden was due to run Sandaroc in the opening contest, the Vibe Recruit Partners With Ffos Las Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Staff at work as the course is inspected on January 7

“It’s frustrating to call it off before the first race,” he said.

“Trainers and jockeys felt happy with the ground.

“Horse welfare is always the forefront of our minds and in every decision we take.”

Johnny Farrelly, who had sent recent winner Sandford Castle on the six-hour round trip for the K. P. Tyres Llanelli Handicap Chase, said: “Dai is a very good clerk of the course and he has given it every chance to be on.”

The late call attracted some criticism on social media and Ffos Las became a trending topic on Twitter.

Seven races were due to be held at Ffos Las on Thursday

One user felt it was “very unsatisfactory,” while another said: “If you are going to wait that long, why not call off the first race and give the others a chance?”

Jones added: “I understand people may be frustrated.

“If we didn’t think there was a chance of it being on we wouldn’t have risked it.

“I understand travelling down to West Wales is not easy.

“In any situation I always have in my mind how far people have to travel.”

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Maripier Morin in La faille: Charles Lafortune explains the decision

Co-producer of the series The fault with his Pixcom box, Charles Lafortune defended Tuesday evening on the set of Tower his decision to keep Maripier Morin in the second season, filming of which should resume in the coming days in Quebec.

• Read also: Sex scandals in Quebec: 2020, a year of denunciations

Charles Lafortune was questioned by Patrick Huard about his motives for keeping the host on the show, after she was accused of harassment and assault by Safia Nolin last July.

Quebecor Content and Pixcom confirmed at the beginning of December the resumption of production of The fault, with Maripier Morin in its ranks.

To make the decision, Charles Lafortune confided with had a conversation with the host and actress.

“I wanted to know what happened, what she’s taken on, and what she plans to do. You lost everything in your life, you have nothing left. It is still an extreme social sentence. Ultimately, we could have replaced it, ”he admitted.

Charles Lafortune then mentioned that she had the “right to rehabilitate”.

“This is the kind of society I want to live in. I want to live in an egalitarian society, I want to live in a society where there is no aggression, where we take care of our old people and we educate our children. ”

However, he made it clear that he believed Safia Nolin. “I’m not saying it didn’t happen,” he insisted. Safia, she is right! Denunciations are extremely important. We cannot live in that universe. There are things that can no longer exist. ”

The second season of La Faille is expected to land on Club Illico at the end of 2021.

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FA make Klopp decision after Liverpool boss’s comments on Man Utd penalties

Jurgen Klopp has escaped an FA fine despite criticising Andre Marriner and questioning Manchester United’s penalty record.

The German made the comments after his sides 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Monday evening. Klopp felt his side should have had a penalty in the first half when Sadio Mane went down after a collision with Kyle Walker-Peters.

Liverpool’s goalless performance led to only their second defeat of the season and United, who are level on points with a game in hand, now have a chance to go ahead.

Annoyed by the decision, Klopp claimed Marriner did not handle the Mane moment properly. Not stopping there, the Reds boss also questioned United’s large number of penalties. Across the 2018/19 and 19/20 seasons United were awarded 11 more penalties than any other team in the league.

An unhappy Klopp at full-time.

But despite his comments, Klopp will face no action, according to the Manchester Evening News.

“We had a really good view of it [the Mane incident], and it looked like a clear penalty,” said Klopp at full-time. “I turned around to the fourth official and asked if it was going to be checked, he said it already had been and was not a penalty. That’s 100 per cent true, and now someone wants to tell me how quick they had it in all these different angles.

“Last year, there was a penalty against Leicester when people said Sadio Mane goes down too easily – if he goes down easily, we would have had a penalty in this game and the last game, a stonewall penalty, but what Andre Marriner did with Sadio Mane I’m not sure if that’s okay.

Klopp felt Liverpool should have won a penalty vs Southampton.
Klopp felt Liverpool should have won a penalty vs Southampton.

“The boy tried everything, had a few great challenges with Walker-Peters. But there were a lot of situations which should have been free-kicks. The last one, when he goes down, you see that back and in the box he hits him in the end with his left foot, that’s a penalty.

“We cannot change. I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years. I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.”

Managers can be punished for their post-match comments, but the FA say “provided they are not personal in their nature, imply bias or attack the integrity of the officials in charge of the match, or in any other respect bring the game into disrepute.”

Despite Klopp questioning United’s number of penalties it seems his comments were not strong enough to warrant any action.

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Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden react to UK decision NOT to extradite Julian Assange

2006

Assange creates Wikileaks with a group of like-minded activists and IT experts to provide a secure way for whistleblowers to leak information. He quickly becomes its figurehead and a lightning rod for criticism.

2010

March: U.S. authorities allege Assange engaged in a conspiracy to hack a classified U.S. government computer with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. 

July: Wikileaks starts releasing tens of thousands of top secrets documents, including a video of U.S. helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians in Baghdad in 2007.  What followed was the release of more than 90,000 classified US military files from the Afghan war and 400,000 from Iraq that included the names of informants. 

August: Two Swedish women claim that they each had consensual sex with Assange in separate instances when he was on a 10-day trip to Stockholm. They allege the sex became non-consensual when Assange refused to wear a condom.

First woman claims Assange was staying at her apartment in Stockholm when he ripped off her clothes. She told police that when she realized Assange was trying to have unprotected sex with her, she demanded he use a condom. She claims he ripped the condom before having sex.

Second Swedish woman claims she had sex with Assange at her apartment in Stockholm and she made him wear a condom. She alleges that she later woke up to find Assange having unprotected sex with her.

He was questioned by police in Stockholm and denied the allegations. Assange was granted permission by Swedish authorities to fly back to the U.K.  

November: A Swedish court ruled that the investigation should be reopened and Assange should be detained for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. An international arrest warrant is issued by Swedish police through Interpol.

Wikileaks releases its cache of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.  

December: Assange presents himself to London police and appears at an extradition hearing where he is remanded in custody. Assange is granted conditional bail at the High Court in London after his supporters pay £240,000 in cash and sureties.

2011

February: A British judge rules Assange should be extradited to Sweden but Wikileaks found vows to fight the decision.

April:  A cache of classified U.S. military documents is released by Wikileaks, including intelligence assessments on nearly all of the 779 people who are detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

November: Assange loses High Court appeal against the decision to extradite him.

2012

June: Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London requesting political asylum. 

August: Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador.

2013

June: Assange tells a group of journalists he will not leave the embassy even if sex charges against him are dropped out of fear he will be extradited to the U.S.

2015

August: Swedish prosecutors drop investigation into some of the sex allegations against Assange due to time restrictions. The investigation into suspected rape remains active.

2016

July: Wikileaks begins leaking emails U.S. Democratic Party officials favoring Hillary Clinton.

November: Assange is questioned over the sex allegation at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the presence of Sweden’s assistant prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell. The interview spans two days. 

2017

January: Barack Obama agrees to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning from prison. Her pending release prompts speculation Assange will end his self-imposed exile after Wikileaks tweeted he would agree to U.S. extradition.

April: Lenin Moreno becomes the new president of Ecuador who was known to want to improve diplomatic relations between his country and the U.S. 

May: An investigation into a sex allegation against Assange is suddenly dropped by Swedish prosecutors. 

2018

January: Ecuador confirms it has granted citizenship to Assange following his request. 

February: Assange is visited by Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

March: The Ecuadorian Embassy suspends Assange’s internet access because he wasn’t complying with a promise he made the previous year to ‘not send messages which entailed interference in relation to other states’.

August: U.S. Senate committee asks to interview Assange as part of their investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

September: Assange steps down as editor of WikiLeaks.

October: Assange reveals he will launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his ‘fundamental rights and freedoms’.

November: U.S. Justice Department inadvertently names Assange in a court document that says he has been charged in secret. 

2019

January: Assange’s lawyers say they are taking action to make President Trump’s administration reveal charges ‘secretly filed’ against him.

April 6: WikiLeaks tweets that a high level Ecuadorian source has told them Assange will be expelled from the embassy within ‘hours or days’. But a senior Ecuadorian official says no decision has been made to remove him from the London building. 

April 11: Assange has his diplomatic asylum revoked by Ecuador and he is arrested by the Metropolitan Police; he is remanded in custody by a judge at Westminster Magistrates Court.

April 12: He is found guilty of breaching his bail terms.

May 1: Sentenced to 11 months in jail.

May 2: Court hearing takes place over Assange’s proposed extradition to the U.S. He tells a court he does not consent to the extradition and the case is adjourned until May 30.

May 13: Swedish prosecutors reopen rape case saying they still want to question Assange. 

June 3: Swedish court rules against detaining him in absentia, setting back the extradition case.

June 12 Home Secretary Sajid Javid signs an extradition request from the US.

June 13 A hearing sets out the date for Assange’s full extradition hearing – February next year.

November  Swedish prosecutors stop investigation into an allegation of rape against Mr Assange 

November 25 – Medics say without correct medical care Assange ‘could die’ in Belmarsh 

December 13 –  Hearing in London hears he is being blocked from seeing key evidence in case

December 19 – Appears at Westminster Magistrates’ Court via video-link where his lawyer claims US bid to extradite him is ‘political’. 

2020   

February 24 –Assange faces an extradition hearing at Woolwich Crown Court.

Assange’s representatives argue he cannot legally be handed to the US for ‘political offences’ because of a 2003 extradition treaty.

March 2 – Assange appears by video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he is refused bail amid the coronavirus crisis.

April 11 – Stella Moris, Assange’s partner, who gave birth to his two children while he was living inside the Ecuadorian embassy, issues a plea for his release amid fears for his health.

June 24 – The US Department of Justice issues an updated 18-count indictment, over Assange’s alleged role in ‘one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States’.

August 25 – Ms Moris visits her partner in Belmarsh prison for the first time in almost six months.

September 7 – Assange’s extradition hearings resume at the Old Bailey. They are expected to go on for up to four weeks.

October 1 – Judge Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case at the Old Bailey until January 4. 

January 4 – Judge Baraitser strikes down US extradition bid. 

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Arsenal transfer round-up: Paul Pogba move backed, Gunners make Isco decision

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is continuing to overhaul his squad as he continues to fire the Gunners up the Premier League table.

The Gunners are now within touching distance of the Europa League qualification spots after three consecutive wins over West Brom, Chelsea and Brighton.

Sead Kolasnic has already been moved on, joining Bundesliga side Schalke on loan, and Arteta more than hinting others will follow the Bosnian through the exit door this month.

But the need for reinforcements, and departures, is clear as the Spaniard seeks to stamp his vision on the team now the January transfer window has begun.

Here’s the latest Arsenal transfer news.

Pogba move backed by Wright

Could Paul Pogba join Arsenal?

Ian Wright “would love” Paul Pogba to play for Arsenal as he continues to be linked with a Manchester United exit.

Mirror Sport understands that the club will sanction Pogba’s exit in the summer after accepting he would not sign a new deal.

And Wright admits he would love a player of his ilk in north London as he waxed lyrical about his performance against Villa.

“Yes [Pogba is back to his best] he is and you know, with all the stuff that’s happened with him he’s getting it right on the pitch,” he said.

“He was everywhere. He was in his own box, he was up there in their box, he was doing everything today.

“That’s what he can do with his creativity. you give him this much time when you have willing runners like Marcus Rashford….that is just fantastic.

“A super, super pass. I’d love to have someone like that.”

Gunners make Isco decision

Real Madrid star Isco has been linked with Arsenal

Arsenal have reportedly decided against making a move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco.

That is because they have been impressed by the recent form of young Emile Smith Rowe.

The 20-year-old has highly impressed in recent weeks after being given a run of games, starting in all three of Arsenal’s recent wins.

Arteta was believed to be a big supporter of Isco and would have loved to snap up the 28-year-old if he became available, but AS claim that he now thinks that would be an unnecessary move following the emergence of Smith Rowe.

Sevilla star speaks out amid rumours

The combative midfielder is a key part of Sevilla's team
Combative midfielder Joan Jordan is a key part of Sevilla’s team

Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan has spoken out amid rumours that he is being targeted by Arsenal this month.

The Gunners are believed to be willing to meet Sevilla’s £32million asking price, meaning a move could be on the cards.

But Jordan insists he is focused on life in Spain and La Liga.

He said: “In the end, these are just things that come out [transfer talk], like the many things that were said, the rumours, when I was at Eibar.

“I have always been very clear about the present…the future does not feed me, it takes away from me and does not give me the energy I need.”