Lampard: We want to keep Willian, Pedro despite contract uncertainty

first_img Chelsea are currently locked in talks with the pair about temporary extensions to their contracts so they can finish the season in west London. However, Pedro has reached a pre-contract arrangement with Italian giants Roma, which is leaving doubts about his availability for the upcoming matches. Willian hasn’t agreed on a move away from Chelsea but he has yet to agree on an extension until the end of the season after his request for a new three-year contract was rejected. Having seen Ryan Fraser look to leave Bournemouth before the end of the season, Lampard is hoping that his two forwards don’t opt to do the same. Instead, he hopes that they stay on and help his side qualify for \d Champions League football next season. “We want them to extend their stay and make sure they can see out the season,” Lampard told reporters via a Zoom conference call. “I see both sides. I see the individual player because I was one, and I respect that they have both been great servants to the club. “I’ve had nothing but open conversations with them. We’re just trying to make that extension happen. The players have to be happy. We have to be happy. Hopefully, we can get there before the 23rd of June, next week, because that’s the day we have to get it done by. “Anyone around us knows that. So we will keep talking and hopefully they stay on.” There are concerns that players negotiating free transfers away from their clubs will be cautious about lining up due to the risk of getting injured in the final weeks of the season ahead of a lucrative move. Lampard has refuted suggestions that Pedro has told him that he is unwilling to play and he knows he can rely on his two elder statesmen. “Pedro is certainly available,” he continued. “He actually had a bit of a bang on his ankle last week but he’s fit and wanting to train. He’s going to get some painkillers. It’s one of those impact kind of injuries that hang around a bit but he’s training well. “So is Willian. I have got absolutely no worries about motivation. They are both top class professionals and have been great servants to the club. They’ve trained really well in this last three-and-a-half week period, which has been a tough physical period for them. “I’ve got no issues at all with their motivation. Every time they put on a Chelsea shirt, as they have done for years, they will give everything.” Indeed, their absences could have left Lampard with problems as Callum Hudson-Odoi missed both their pre-restart friendlies due to a minor ankle knock. It came after the 19-year-old broke the United Kingdom lockdown to meet a woman who accused him of rape, which is a charge that has since been dropped by the Metropolitan Police. After keeping in contact with Hudson-Odoi throughout the ordeal, Lampard wants his academy graduate to put it behind him and deliver on the pitch. “I’m very happy that in the eyes of the law it’s been sorted out,” he concluded. “That was my main concern at first. So that’s positive for us. I’m very sympathetic to the idea that we’re not angels or saints and we make mistakes, particularly at a young age. “I will never be one to come down too harshly, albeit we have had conversations, myself and Callum. The big conversations with Callum now is to make sure he learns his lesson from what happened. He broke lockdown and that wasn’t good enough. read also:Abraham will need to improve with Werner’s arrival–Lampard “He has admitted that and we move on. The next thing is to train consistently at a really high level to work hard in training every day. He came back from lockdown and got injured early in this period so now he has to work hard to get fit again. “As much as the pitfalls off the pitch I want to see how he can work on the training pitch and get into this team, and perform to levels we all believe he can. It doesn’t come easy. That’s the big thing I say to Callum a lot and something he really has to take on board now.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Frank Lampard has no qualms about picking Willian or Pedro this weekend despite their contracts expiring just nine days after the away trip to Aston Villa.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Veritas Forum held on empathy

first_imgUSC hosted the Veritas Forum discussion yesterday night in Town and Gown. This year’s forum, “Neighbors: A Campus Conversation on Race, Empathy and Faith,” featured guest speakers, Dr. Jody Armour of the Gould Law School and visiting speaker William Tate, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.Veritas Forums are hosted by campus student organizations across 70 campuses nationwide. The forums aim to engage students and faculty members in a dialogue about life’s hardest questions in the context of both faith and Jesus Christ.Though Veritas is a Christian organization, it explores how an individual’s faith might affect their perception on various academic topics.“Many of the students who attend are not Christian,” Varun Soni, dean of religious life at USC, said. “This year’s theme of racial justice and empathy is an important national conversation for all of us to have regardless of our individual faith affiliations.”Typically, Veritas Forums aims to foster academic discussions between one professor who identifies as a Christian and one professor who does not.The Forum invites a diverse group of students who are Christian and non-Christian.  Non-Christian groups on campuses are often invited to present the first questions during the Q&A portion of the talks as well as supply additional reading materials for the presenters.Laura Ziesel, West Coast regional director of the Veritas Forum, explained why she believes Veritas is an important component for college students.“We are convinced that these conversations are important to the well-being of students, and that knowing how to have hard conversations in the face of significant differences is a culture-changing skill,” Ziesel said.Each year, student planning teams and presenters work together to decide the discussion’s theme.  This year, USC undergraduate students Saharra Griffin and Rachel Victor, as well as graduate students Magadalene Ante Christian Brown and Abigail Jia Er Kang decided the theme for Veritas.In an opening speech, Soni discussed the timeliness of the Verita’s topics for discussion.“Given the recent events in Ferguson and the release of the film Selma, this is a timely conversation for all of us to have, but the reality is that a conversation about racial justice in the United States has always been a timely conversation since the birth of our nation,” Soni said.Questions regarding religious discourse among the black community included the opinion of prominent black female rapper, Azealia Banks, who has compared “black Christians to “Uncle Toms.”Armour asked Tate about [the harmed groups whatever they are]’s relationship with the Bible.“Why should someone from one of these harmed groups find comfort and solace and salvation in this Book [the Bible]?,” Armour said.Tate responded that the issue largely came down to the historical context in the Bible.Furthermore, he contended that the Bible does not identify slavery as a widespread issue but was something acquired in the United States during the 17th, 18th and 19th century.  This being said, the scripture was inaccurately used to defend injustice all across the United States.Dean Soni presented the final portion of the forum by asking both presenters to speak directly to the students about ways in which they can think about and practice empathy.The Veritas Forum closed with a benediction by civil rights activist the Rev. Cecil Murray of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement.Editor’s note: Saharra Griffin is the news assignments editor at the Daily Trojan.last_img read more

World Cup closer dominates Twitter and Facebook

first_imgThe World Cup final, which saw Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina, broke global records on Twitter and also marked the biggest sporting event in the history of Facebook.Twitter said that yesterday’s game peaked at 618,725 tweets a minute, smashing the previous record of 580,166 set during Germany’s triumph over Brazil in the semifinal. There were 32.1 million tweets sent in total during the game.On Facebook, 88 million global users made a record 280 million interactions (posts, likes, comments) during the final game. This broke the previous record held by the Super Bowl in 2013 of 245 million interactions.A record 34.65 million German viewers tuned in for the game on Sunday, which aired on the pubcaster ARD. This beat the previous all-time record of 32.57 million viewers, which was set by the German semifinal against Brazil. This represents a market share of 86.3 percent.last_img read more