In addition to extra virgin olive oils, the elegant audience will be served family wines Kozlovic from Momjan, Malvasia, Teran and Momjan Muscat. Cover photo: Zigante truffles, Sotheby’s, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr In addition to Istrian white truffles, Istrian extra virgin olive oils of the family will be presented Chiavalon which will be served with truffle-based specialties and present at all Harry’s Bar tables so that each of the guests present is available for tasting. That’s right! Excellent quality and authentic rounded tourist product. Experience truffles in Istria Istria attaches increasing importance to the UK market, where great efforts have been made for many years in terms of promotion, says Denis Ivošević, Director of TZIŽ and emphasizes that work is being done to increase traffic of UK guests, intensify existing and open new airlines – especially in postseason. “Since last year, the Istria County Tourist Board has been cooperating with the London PR agency, FOX Communication, so that Istria is more and more present in the local media and events, which is why the region is recording an increasing growth of British guests. After the Time Out Istria special for the English-speaking area, which was entirely dedicated to our region, TZIŽ is working intensively to become more famous in London and its wider surroundings, with a focus on guests of medium or higher purchasing power, so the auction truffles and one of the activities that will help Istria to build its image and reputation as a destination in Istria. I believe that this auction will contribute to the affirmation of the Istrian brand ” said the director of TZIŽ Denis Ivošević, adding that Istria is most often recognized in the world precisely for its gastronomy and lifestyle. In addition to the auction, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner based on Istrian white truffles, extra virgin olive oils and wines from Istria. A leading truffle processing and sales company is also participating in this important project for Istria Zigante truffles Ltd. from Plovanija near Buje, which will provide the main ingredients for the auction and Istrian dinner. A tennis legend in the Pula Arena A new great step forward for Istria. Namely, the Tourist Board of the Istrian County in cooperation with the world-famous auction house Sotheby’s, on Monday, November 25, 2019, for the first time in London is organizing an auction of Istrian white truffles. In the Istrian truffle ‘Bermuda’ triangle between Pazin, Buje and Buzet, especially in the valley of the river Mirna and in the Motovun forest, white and black truffles have their natural habitat. They grow underground and are sought after by specially trained dogs. The peak of the white truffle season, which is both the most expensive and the most prized, is the month of October. Namely, the auction will be conducted in four parts, and will be intended for both present guests and interested parties who will bid by telephone. In the first part, smaller truffles will be auctioned, in the second part, medium-sized truffles, then the package deal “Experience of truffles in Istria “, and at the end of the biggest truffle of the season, due to which the dinner was sold out in just a few hours, and a large part of those who failed to book a place on the list are waiting in the hope that some place will be vacated in the meantime. How to extend the tourist season? How to increase tourist spending? Attract better guests? Then, in Livade, a famous truffle center near Motovun, a series of events are held on weekends in honor of this undisputed king among mushrooms. But before and after that, during most of the autumn, Istria lives in the rhythm of a noble mushroom and is full of celebrations in its honor. The event will be held in a prestigious Harry’s Baru in Mayfair – an elite area of London’s West End, one of the most exclusive private clubs whose members are representatives of the London elite, international jetsetters, and UHNW individuals (ultra high-net-worth individuals). Three greats of Istria (Zigante, Chiavalon, Kozlović) with a top premium product, as well as the offer of top hotel accommodation, all nicely rounded off through one whole, ie the event Experience of truffles in Istria. That’s it, so it breaks through the wall and the noise in communication and positions itself strongly on the global scene. And that is why Istria is constantly in focus and at least ten years ahead of everyone, if not more. The Tourist Board of the Istrian County will organize the auction in cooperation with the world-famous auction house Sotheby’s, to be chaired by its President for the UK, Lord Dalmney, and with the support of a PR agency FOX Communication from London. Also, after an excellent promotion and cooperation with the football giant FC Bayern Munich, the Tourist Board of the Istrian County agreed on a new excellent promotional project and spectacle. The first is a new big sports spectacle in Istria, which, in cooperation with Wimbledon and the ATP Masters Series Tournament, would organize a revival match of tennis legends in the Pula Arena. The collaboration has been agreed, but details are not yet known, such as the date and the players who will come to Pula. Thus, Pula could host some of the famous tennis legends, such as: John McEnroe, Carlos Moya, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and many others. Another big project is about attracting a new big festival in Pula. After the Outlook and Dimensions festivals left Pula, the Istrian Tourist Board is negotiating the arrival of Tomorrowland in Pula, currently the largest and most famous dance and techno music festival. Admittedly, there are still various discussions about the best techno music festival, Ultra or Tomorrowland, but one thing is for sure, if there is cooperation, it is a great motive for coming and promoting Istria. What is the magic winning formula? Focus on market development! Photo: Sotheby’s
Our national football team player Miroslav Stevanović played his first football match since he transferred to the football club ”Sevilla”. Stevanović played the second half of the rematch between ”Sevilla” and ”Mallorca”.Although ”Sevilla” was defeated in this match, this football club will continue with the competition because of the victory in the first match.
But there has always been talk of that next step. While there have been plenty of American stars, there has never truly been a star that is American, and, yes, there is a difference.MORE: Lampard says Pulisic has talent to score like Premier league’s bestEvery country has its own set of heroes but, for a player to truly transcend, to earn recognition among the best the sport has to offer, they need to take things a step further. That day, that next step, appears to be occurring right before our eyes.From the moment Christian Pulisic broke through at Borussia Dortmund, there was hope that, eventually, he would become the world-class player that the U.S., and clubs around the world, had been begging for.There was hope, albeit cautiously-optimistic hope, that Pulisic could be the first U.S. men’s national team player to truly emerge on the global stage and be known for something more than just being an American.Over the last few months, Pulisic has done just that. He has become Chelsea’s most important attacking player and, since the resumption of the Premier League in June, there are maybe only one or two players that can say they have enjoyed a better return to action than the 21-year-old.Pulisic has emerged from lockdown looking like a bona fide star, one who is good enough to dominate in the Premier League and young enough to add credence to the thought that this may just be the beginning.”In the first couple days, it is normal for a new guy that it is tough, not everyone is going to be your best friend straight away,” Pulisic told Sirius XM recently. “That’s OK. But I really felt once I was able to show myself on the field that I could play, and that’s when guys really started to say, ‘This guy is good. He can hang with us. We are going to treat him with a little more respect.'”Since the restart, Pulisic has started to earn that respect and that recognition. He is no longer the kid from Hershey or the hot prospect at Dortmund. He is no longer a player of potential who someday, maybe, could thrive as a superstar on a top team. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/76/5d/eden-hazard-christian-pulisic_1ftbqaf4qk6u41jn8kqgo2sklz.jpeg?t=609463819&w=500&quality=80Those comparisons and those words are major compliments. Never have we seen an American player at the center of these types of discussions, and that is not to downplay the impact that players like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard have had on the game in recent years.Donovan was perhaps the most talented American player ever before Pulisic came along, but there will always be that question of how he would have fared with a longer spell in Europe.Clint Dempsey is the most tenacious player the U.S. has produced and earned everything he got in the Premier League but, while he was great for Fulham, he never carried a team at the level of Chelsea.And while Howard became a starter with Manchester United, an icon for Everton and a record-breaking World Cup star, he was never quite regarded as being at a level this high.Those three names, though, have done things that Pulisic has not. All three have shined at a World Cup, with that image of a tearful Pulisic on that field in Couva after defeat to Trinidad and Tobago still etched in many’s memories. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a2/9/christian-pulisic-chelsea-2019-20_uoqpnp6na0fy1lolpaudjyhms.jpg?t=88454491&w=500&quality=80The world has taken notice. Since the restart, Pulisic has drawn frequent comparisons to the man he replaced, Eden Hazard.The Belgium winger, by any measure, is one of the most dynamic widemen in Premier League history, a truly world-class talent who, despite his poor start to life at Real Madrid, has long been seen as one of the world’s best players.Pulisic, meanwhile, is getting there. It takes time to build the kind of resume and highlight reel of a player such as Hazard, but there are also small pieces of evidence you can find along the way.It is the shoulder drop against Benjamin Mendy that left the Manchester City defender in the dust. It is the perfectly hit assist to Tammy Abraham at Anfield that few players in the world can pick out. And there is the patience and poise of Pulisic’s goal against Liverpool, one that only furthered the conversations surrounding him.”I didn’t have any exact expectations for him,” Lampard said recently. “When he came at the start of the season, he needed a break and he had to get himself acclimatized to the league, it is physical and it is tough for some of the greatest players we have seen in this league from the beginning.”He got to grips with it quickly and he is playing very well. He got injured at the start of January but now he looks sharp and hungry. The quality is there for everyone to see at the moment.”He is going past players, he is moving at pace and he always works very hard for the team in all senses so I am very happy for him. I think considering his age, what could become of him, I am very, very pleased. We have got ourselves a very, very good player and he can get even better.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5c/c9/pulisic-gfx-chelsea_1m4z14mg9pv1v11ct3kbyfi550.png?t=-1660131965&w=500&quality=80These days, Pulisic is Chelsea’s main attraction and a global star in the making.Signed by the Blues for a whopping £57 million ($72 million), Pulisic was a big name before he ever arrived at Stamford Bridge, such is the appetite for the sport in America and the desire to see a USMNT star thrive at the top level of the game.Much is made about America’s soccer culture, or, for some, lack thereof, but there is a reason that big clubs are frequently investing time and resources into developing their brands stateside. That reason is that there is unmatched potential in the U.S., a country that is continuing to fall more and more in love with the game, and the Premier League in particular.But, despite early concerns that the push to sign Pulisic was one merely based on marketing and shirt sales, those perceptions have changed. The indecisiveness in the final third is now gone. The doubts stemming from a difficult start to the season have been erased in emphatic fashion. And, given his form since the restart, it seems as if Chelsea may have a bargain on their hands.After the return of the Premier League, Pulisic provided four goals and two assists and won two penalties. Having appeared timid and bereft of confidence during his initial months in west London, Pulisic returned from the coronavirus-enforced break playing like someone who belonged. Getty Images Over the past few decades, the United States has produced several footballers who have gone on to become stars in their own right.The country has watched several top players go on to play in some of the world’s best leagues, becoming regular contributors for clubs that are among the most recognizable in the sport. For years, America was cautiously optimistic that someday there would be a player this good, one to lead the way in the next step in the country’s soccer evolution. Pulisic is that player.Since his breakthrough, there has been a fear of anointing him too quickly. There has been a fear that something could somehow go wrong, that he would never truly turn his potential and talent into something tangible. American fans have been down this route before, declaring a player as their first true star before seeing them flame out in spectacular fashion. But, this time around, this is not the American fans’ point to make. The rest of the world is saying it for them: Pulisic is something special. Getty/Goal https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/82/b/christian-pulisic-usa-trinidad_9hcvx8p4e21r1szpjo1pfc3yw.jpg?t=160795799&w=500&quality=80Until the day Pulisic steps on the field at the World Cup, that moment will haunt him, as the failures of the 2018 qualifying cycle likely robbed him of the chance to become an even bigger star by taking the field in Russia with the world watching.Those three have also displayed incredible consistency, shining for nearly a decade for both club and country. But, even if this is Pulisic’s final form, even if he never improves from this moment forward, the winger has all of the ability to do those things and more. Getty
TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Stonestreet Stables, LLC, of Lexington, Ky. JOE TALAMO, YAHILWA, SECOND: “She ran a helluva race, she really did. The plan was to let her break out of there and place herself, which she pretty much did. She ran huge, I mean the winner came to us and she fought back. She did everything but win.” -30- MARTIN GARCIA, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “Today she was good. I think this is the distance that she wants to run, I think she wants two turns. She doesn’t have a lot of early speed. I think she prefers to go at her own pace and this distance lets her run at her own pace.“She has two-turn speed. She just cruises and she’s consistent. This suits her.” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “We thought she could route because she did run against the Eclipse Award winner (Stellar Wind, second by a nose in the Summertime Oaks last June 20). I was a little distressed when she came away from the gate slower than we wanted her to, but Martin got her into a good position right away.“I don’t know what happened to Mike’s horse (Birdatthewire) but she was running up to the front end and I think one of the key things was that Martin let her go so that he could make his own race.”Next race: “I’ve just got to enjoy this for a few minutes. I might make some plans later on.” JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, BIRDATTHEWIRE, FIFTH: “She just ran off. She wouldn’t load today; she was really leaning against the back of the gate so that when he kicked it, she got off slow. She got up and there was only one thing on her mind and that was ‘get to the front.’“I have no idea though. She’s definitely better than today.”
President Jacob Zuma opened the Tradeand Investment Conference andExhibition 2012 on Wednesday atSun City in the North West province.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zanele Mngadi The Presidency+27 82 330 1148mediaclubsouthafrica.com reporterSouth African President Jacob Zuma opened the International Trade and Investment Conference in the North West province on Wednesday.High-profile local and international government and business representatives are attending the two-day event, under the theme The African Dialogue, which is underway at Sun City.In his speech, Zuma said that there would be no stopping the rise of Africa – six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were now African and the continent had grown faster than East Asia in eight of the past 10 years.The text of the address follows below:Ladies and gentlemen,It is my honour to join you today at this 4th International Trade and Investment Conference hosted by our government through the Department of Trade and Industry.By being here, you are joining a remarkably diverse group of premier leaders in both government and industry, from across the world, to discuss the vast array of opportunities in Africa.There is no doubt that over the past decade, Africa has come from being the so-called ‘hopeless Continent’ to being a rising star.Profound changes have taken place which have brought about this turnaround.We can count the fact that Africa has come from being the notorious continent with 16 raging wars in 2002, to a continent which is fast achieving peace and stability.Around two thirds of governments in Africa are democratically elected, compared with just eight in 1991. The newest democratic states are Guinea Conakry, Niger and Cote d’Ivoire.The spread of peace and good governance is providing Africa’s entrepreneurs with the necessary conducive environment to promote themselves and establish their industries.They can now turn their ideas into major projects.These new developments are backed up by growth figures. According to the International Monetary Fund figures, region-wide GDP growth has averaged 5.5% from 2000 to 2010, more than double the rate we had in Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.It is remarkable that six of the world’s fastest ten growing economies were African. In eight of the past ten years, Africa has grown faster than East Asia.Naturally, we all want to see Africa’s growth acceleration being widespread and also fairly inclusive, with the poorest seeing significant improvements in their lives.Steady progress has also been made in education, health, sanitation, and in empowering women but as the progress with the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals shows, the continent has a long way to go. But it is good that progress is being made economically, as this will produce the resources we need to achieve economic growth and improve the quality of life.Ladies and gentlemen,As you can appreciate, we are standing in an incredibly privileged position today, where we can witness Africa’s epic comeback.We are all aware of Africa’s history. Many of us have even been closely intertwined with Africa’s struggles, pain and suffering. But today we can stand here and proudly watch Africa finally rising.There is no doubt that these are only the first rays of light, glorious Africa is yet to reveal itself.But despite all the good news, companies have been slow to enter Africa. Some executives are still missing the signals. Others question whether Africa’s surge is just the result of a one-off lift by the global commodities boom, or whether it is really a sustained economic take-off?“Will Africa continue to rise,” they wonder, as the Economist asked last year?The answer to this is widely found. I expect that over the next two days this question will be answered numerous times, each time giving the same answer. Yes, – undoubtedly yes. Africa will continue to rise.But what Africa needs, is to have her own people to believe this, and to spread this powerful positive message using all the tools and information at our disposal. We need Africans to stop being pessimistic about their continent, and to be the leading spokespersons and ambassadors.If we do not believe what we see and experience, the rise of our beloved motherland, why should the rest of the world?I challenge all Africans today to accept the fact that their continent is changing. They must release themselves from the shackles of self-doubt and celebrate these new developments.Many reports have been produced by reputable think tanks pointing to the rise of Africa.Some are busy studying what makes Africa finally succeed.In the 2010 McKinsey Global Institute report, which I suspect you are all aware of, Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies, it was found that natural resources explain only a part of the African story.It said natural resources account for just about a quarter of GDP growth from 2000 through 2008, while other industries, particularly manufacturing and services, contributed the rest.A further answer to the rise of Africa can be found in the current activities and developments taking place in Africa.Firstly, the African Union has taken a conscious decision about integration and to promote intra-African trade. Because of costly barriers, intra-African trade is unusually low. It averages 10%, which is less than half the level in other emerging market regions.Creating larger regional markets will increase specialisation and competition and boost manufacturing.A continental free trade area is being established.And at a regional level, the Tripartite Free Trade area, bringing together COMESA, SADC and the East African Community will create a market of 26 countries, with a population of about 600-million people and a combined GDP of R7.9-trillion (US$1-trillion). This augurs well for the economic future of these regions.Secondly, the infrastructure developments that have been undertaken in Africa will eliminate most of the hindrances to growth.It is widely known that Africa’s inadequate infrastructure is one of the main factors inhibiting trade, integration and economic development.It has been calculated that if the continent continues to narrow its infrastructure gap, economic growth will receive a further large boost – perhaps by as much as two percentage points a year.In view of this, the AU has set up the Presidential Infrastructure Championship Initiative, a continental committee of eight Nepad heads of state and government, to champion infrastructure projects at the highest level.South Africa is also chair and champion of the North-South Road and Rail Corridor project.This corridor cuts across eight countries in eastern and southern Africa and aims to facilitate trade by upgrading road, rail, power and port facilities. It also aims to simplify cross-border regulatory procedures. This will enable producers and traders to access regional and international markets more easily.The projects have already passed the feasibility studies phase and should be at the implementation phase by 2016.Encouragingly, Africa is now able to spend about R575-billion ($72-billion) a year on infrastructure, but there remains a R3.8-trillion ($480 billion) shortfall over the next decade to provide for unmet needs, particularly in water, power and transportation. There is much scope for private participation and investment in this area.Domestically, you would be aware of our own massive infrastructure development programme, which I announced in February this year.We are on course to spend billions of rand on infrastructure in the coming years, focusing on rail, roads, energy, water, sanitation and the communication sectors throughout the country.The plan also includes the building and refurbishment of universities, further education and training colleges, schools and hospitals. We have been working hard to unpack the projects and development implementation timelines.This week the three spheres of government are meeting to discuss implementation. The programme will change the South African landscape as it will boost job creation, improve access to basic services and boost the competitiveness of our economy. You will get details later today in this conference.I invite you to join us on this infrastructure journey and find areas in which you can participate.Thirdly, ladies and gentlemen, on why Africa is succeeding: Africa’s demographic composition is bound to fuel long term growth. In 2010, 42% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population was younger than 14 years old.By 2050, the continent will be home to one in five of the planet’s young people and will have the world’s largest workforce of 1.2 billion. In that year, one in four workers in the world will be African, compared to one in eight from China, reversing today’s balance.While other regions rapidly age, Africa will enjoy a demographic competitive advantage of young, energetic and increasingly educated workers to power the continent’s services and manufacturing sectors.Finally, the growth of the information and communications technology sector in Africa has been phenomenal.The number of mobile phone users has multiplied 33 times to 316 million users since the year 2000.The internet is spreading around Africa at an even faster pace. These trends have strong positive effects on growth.For example, for every 10 new mobile phones per 100 people a country adds, GDP is likely to increase by 0.8 percentage points.Due to the lack of fixed line internet infrastructure, roughly 39% of mobile users access the internet via mobile. This has opened an entire new portal for assistance in health and education, in especially the most rural areas.Ladies and gentlemen, indeed Africa is rising, and the signs are there for all to see.What is left is for the business sector to grab the opportunity and reap the rewards of this growth, in a manner that promotes inclusive growth, and which creates decent work for the African people.Africa is indeed open for business.It is my pleasure to declare this Africa Dialogue Conference officially open!I thank you.
Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator of the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society was ecstatic about the fundraiser. “Thanks to the wonderful overwhelming support from the community between August to Christmas, the pantry at the outreach store is still doing ok. But we are still averaging 500 clients per month so all support is welcome.”The final count of the number of non-perishables donated will not be known until the end of the week, but it is clear that this year’s event surpassed the goals and expectations based on last years fundraiser. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scissors were flying at Studio 105 on Saturday. The Studio hosted the 2nd Annual Cuts for Cans event with all proceeds going to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society.In exchange for a non-perishable food donation, people received complimentary haircuts courtesy of seven stylists from Studio 105. The event ran from 10am-3pm on a first come, first serve basis. In 2017, the event resulted in seventy-eight haircuts in six hours, but by the three-hour mark, that number was already surpassed.
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the Buckeye Tune-up Friday at OSU’s French Field House, their final meet prior to the Big Ten Indoor Championship meet.OSU athletes won seven of the 17 individual events contested for each gender. The men’s and women’s teams each had a two-event winner. Redshirt senior distance runner Adam Green took first place in the men’s mile run with a time of 4:11.25, and followed that with a winning time of 8:28.33 in the 3,000-meter run. On the women’s side, senior sprinter Christina Manning finished first in the 60-meter dash in 7.28 seconds, then won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.11 seconds.In addition to the event winners, two OSU athletes met automatic qualifying standards for the NCAA Division I Championship in the weight throw. Redshirt senior Matt DeChant met the mark with a throw of 70 feet, 9 1/4 inches, while fellow senior Max Mays also qualified with a throw of 70 feet, 7 inches. Ashland University’s senior Ryan Loughney won the men’s weight throw with a throw of 71 feet, 4 inches.While the Buckeye Tune-up served as a venue for some of the OSU athletes to perform, others rested this week in preparation for the Big Ten Indoor Championships.“Some people needed rest and some people need work,” said Karen Dennis, coach of the women’s team. “(Some athletes were) really getting geared up emotionally for Big Tens next weekend.”Although he won two events, Green said the meet “was more of a training day.”Heading into the conference championship meet, there is certainly pressure on the women’s track and field team, as they are the defending champions of the Big Ten Indoor Championship. Two women’s athletes also have individual conference titles to defend — Manning was last year’s Big Ten champion in the 60-meter hurdles, while senior sprinter Madison McNary took first place in the 60-meter dash.“As defending champions, we want to go defend our title, but we are also realistic in knowing that we have to expect people to want to bump us off,” Dennis said. “Sprinters and hurdlers all have to make it back to the finals.”The men’s track and field team finished fifth at last year’s Big Ten Indoor Championships, but their sights are set on greater accomplishments in 2012.Redshirt junior Heath Nickles, who cleared a height of 16 feet, 11 1/2 inches and won the Buckeye Tune-up pole vault, said the team is in it to win it.“We won’t accept anything else,” he said.Nickles said his individual goals for this weekend are to win the heptathlon and pole vault, stressing the importance of scoring 10 points for the team in each event.Coach Robert Gary said Nebraska is the team to beat in the Big Ten. He said he believes in his team’s chances to win, because the team “doesn’t bring anybody to the Big Ten meet just to get the experience of getting their butts kicked.”Senior sprinter Thomas Murdaugh and redshirt junior distance runner Cory Leslie did not compete in Friday’s meet, but will be crucial to the team’s success this weekend. Murdaugh will be attempting to defend his conference title from last year in the 400-meter dash. Leslie finished fourth in the mile run at last year’s meet, but he has been running faster times this season, including a mile time of 3:56.85 at the Penn State National Invitational which not only set a school record, but also met the mark to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division I Championship meet.The quest to bring the Big Ten Indoor Championships title back to OSU begins Feb. 24, in Lincoln, Neb. The meet concludes Saturday.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, responded to Jordi Alba’s dig during an award ceremony and confirmed the player will stay at the club.One of the major concerns from all the Barcelona fans lately is whether left-back Jordi Alba will stay at the Catalan club or not, a question that president Josep Maria Bartomeu was asked last Tuesday during an award ceremony in front of the player and was put on the spot in front of a lot of people.The chairman didn’t really know how to react at first, he only limited himself to smile in front of the cameras and not say anything but the damage was already done.The Barcelona president felt the need to respond, he went straight to a media outlet he trusted and explained the situation.Bartomeu spoke directly to Diario Sport from Barcelona about Jordi’s future in the Catalan club, he obviously confirmed that there are still ongoing negotiations and both parties are still trying to reach an agreement that they feel comfortable with.It’s not that Barcelona doesn’t want Jordi Alba to continue at the club, they just want to strike a fair deal in which everybody ends up with a smile on their face.Alba was pretty slick whole doing this, he practically took an official statement about his future directly from the club’s president.🔵🔴 Bartomeu, en @sport:➡️ “Valverde es el entrenador del Barça para esta y para la siguiente”➡️ “Estamos trabajando con @JordiAlba para una renovación larga, para los próximos cinco años”👇🏽 Todas sus palabrashttps://t.co/lSZZwuCAoA pic.twitter.com/pmz29d6RAU— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) January 16, 2019The moment in which Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke with the press was right after the ceremony, he was obviously amused because of how things went down during the moment when Alba was talking to the press and even the journalist getting the exclusive was laughing it off.“Of course Jordi Alba will continue at FC Barcelona, we are already working with him in order to complete a contract extension that lasts for many years, we want him to sign one for the next five years actually.”“Jordi Alba is a player who was born here (Catalonia), he grew up in this club, then he left and came back a few years ago.”Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He is a player that we desperately need and someone who is completely essential for our type of game. I have absolutely no doubt that he will continue to play with us. Each part always tries to negotiate the best for themselves.”“At Barcelona, we always do our best to adapt to what the player demands in regards to the wage levels that exist within the club.”“We have to consider that Jordi Alba is one of the most important players inside the club and he must have a contract that he deserves,” he concluded.Bartomeu: “Por supuesto que Jordi Alba seguirá en el Barça” pic.twitter.com/XqcfcSO1W4— ❤💙🇪🇸Barcelonadictos🇪🇸💙❤ (@Leyendasdelgol) January 16, 2019In the years he’s been playing for FC Barcelona, Jordi Alba has managed to become one of the best left-backs in the club’s history already and he shares a special connection with Lionel Messi inside the pitch.This player is arguably amongst the most acclaimed players of the club, his leaving would be a massive setback for Barcelona and finding his replacement would be something quite impossible for the club’s board of directors.The Catalan club does need a player like Jordi Alba if they want to remain competitive for the upcoming five years, signing his new contract is arguably one of the top priorities that the club has at the moment and they won’t rest until it’s completely closed.The Catalan player has that sorted out, but he also needs to completely talk things over with manager Luis Enrique as they seem to also be going through a rough patch.Whether it’s for Barcelona or Spain, Jordi Alba is one of those players that nobody can leave out of their call-up lists in any case and doing so would be a massive mistake.#ExclusivaSPORT | Bartomeu: “Por supuesto que Jordi Alba seguirá en el Barça” https://t.co/CCGKBPiLiw pic.twitter.com/eMnKkXINtW— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 16, 2019How much longer do you think it will take for Barcelona to close the new deal with Jordi Alba? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.