Khedira signs new Juve contract

first_imgSami Khedira has signed a new contract at Juventus.The Germany international’s new deal runs until 2021, with an option for a one-year extension.Khedira has won three Serie A titles since joining Juve from Real Madrid and scored a career-best nine goals last season, including a first-ever career hat-trick, although he is more typically known for his defensive contribution and accurate passing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Indeed, he netted during the club’s 3-2 win over Chievo Verona on the opening weekend, and also featured in the wins over Lazio and Parma.”I just extended my contract at Juventus until 2021,” he wrote on Twitter.”Since my first day I’ve had a special feeling and it quickly felt like home here. I’m very proud to be a part of the great history of the club and of the Juventus family. Let’s continue to make black and white history.”Khedira, who is described as a “cornerstone” of the midfield by the club in a statement, has made 113 appearances for the club following his 2015 move and he has played more minutes than any other player, amassing a total of 8882 in all competitions over his three years. The 31-year-old is one of Europe’s most decorated players and has won league titles in Germany with Stuttgart, Spain and Italy, and also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. Of course, the midfielder was involved in Germany’s terrible 2018 World Cup campaign, as they were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.However, he has since reaffirmed his commitment to the national team, maintaining that he will not retire from the cause.”I continue to believe that the team’s sporting success and performance must be above all else,” Khedira wrote on social media last month.”The national team must be formed by the best players in the country and the national coach must have free choice.”He has won 77 caps for the national side and has scored seven goals but was not involved in their recent Nations League draw with France or the 2-1 friendly victory over Peru.Instead, he will hope to feature against Sassuolo for Juventus on Sunday.last_img read more

15-year-old Coco Gauff thinking about Wimbledon next year

first_imgA day after her memorable Wimbledon ended, Coco Gauff already was thinking about coming back.”Obviously, there’s always room for improvement,” Gauff said in an interview with The Associated Press at the All England Club on Tuesday.”I’m going to go and practice and improve some things,” the 15-year-old Floridian added, raising her eyebrows and smiling her infectious smile, “so that next time, I can win the tournament.”Well, then.Gauff made quite an impression over the past two weeks at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, accumulating a series of milestones and a legion of fans around the globe.”To say the least, a star has been born,” All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said. “It’s good for the sport. It’s good for the event.”First, Gauff became the youngest player to qualify at Wimbledon in the professional era. Then she made her main-draw debut at any major tournament with a victory over five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, who is 39. And then she became the youngest player to reach Week 2 at the All England Club since 1991.What stands out the most to her from it all?”The most important point for me is just the match point after beating Venus. That was a moment that I will never forget,” Gauff said. “Watching the video, it seemed like it all happened quickly. But during it, I felt like I was on the court for like 20 minutes, when I dropped the racket and everything.”She was ranked 313th when Wimbledon began and, by getting to the fourth round before losing to former No. 1 Simona Halep on Monday, is projected to jump into the top 150 next week. Gauff’s upcoming tennis schedule is a bit up in the air at the moment, in part because she didn’t expect to still be in England and in part because of the tour’s restrictions on how many events someone her age can enter.advertisementWhat is certain is that Gauff knows she can get better.And that she very much wants to.”Maybe a year ago, when I lost, I kind of felt sorry for myself. And now I don’t feel sorry for myself. I just feel like: If you lose, that means you can always improve,” Gauff said. “I mean, I’m never going to be perfect, because you’re always going to lose matches. It’s impossible to win all of them. Even the more you lose, the more you need to improve, I guess.”After a pause, she added with a chuckle: “And even Roger Federer, even though he’s one of the greatest of all time, he still loses matches. So that means he still can improve.”That approach has served Gauff well already.She was the U.S. Open junior runner-up at age 13, the French Open junior champion at 14.On Tuesday, she mentioned that she wants to tweak her serve which, as it stands, reached 119 mph, a speed surpassed only by two women in the entire tournament. She also said about her forehand: “I don’t have a lot of confidence on that side and I think a lot of players know that.”There’s work to be done away from the court, too: Gauff is about two weeks away from finishing her freshman year of high school, via the Internet-based Florida Virtual School. Her favorite subject: language arts. Her least: math.Maybe that can wait until she gets home, whenever that is.”I don’t even know what today is,” Gauff said with a giggle. “These past two weeks, I didn’t know what day it was. All I knew is, ‘Oh, I play tomorrow.’ My mind has just been somewhere else. I already had respect for the people who win (Grand Slam titles). But now, like, experiencing one and being to the second week, I have way more respect, because I can see how difficult it is to be able to stay focused for two weeks. It’s just a lot. It’s a lot. But I can see myself doing better in the future.”Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Barbora Strycova, Elina Svitolina reach first ever Grand Slam semi-finalAlso Read | I am a little bit more than Ashleigh Barty: Rafael Nadal on Centre Court status at Wimbledon 2019Also Seelast_img read more