Jose: Pogba is best midfielder

first_imgPogba has been slowly improving after a slow start to the season following his world record £93.25m move from Juventus in the summer.Mourinho says any player would find the Premier League tough after four years in Italy, but is tipping him to be a Ballon d’Or contender next year, if the voters judge the players on more than goals.”The Premier League is very difficult,” Mourinho told French TV station SFR. “You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different.”He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top.”Pogba made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year, but finished down in 14th despite a title-winning season with Juventus and helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Mourinho feels that the sheer volume of goals scored by this year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his only real rival, Lionel Messi, means the less glamorous work Pogba gets through in midfield is overlooked.”At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or,” Mourinho said. “But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.”Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals. Paul is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world.”Obviously, he’s young, he can still improve, he wants to improve, which is even better.”last_img read more

CRC currently not part of session agenda

first_imgSept. 30 has come and gone, but the Columbia River Crossing still hasn’t found its way to the floors of the Oregon Legislature.Monday was the last day Washington could commit funding to the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement and thereby meet one of the conditions required to keep Oregon’s money on the table. That didn’t happen; Oregon’s previous authorization of $450 million to the CRC has technically expired.But project supporters have said the project may still emerge in the near future. A policy director for Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler said last week that the Legislature could still re-authorize its financial commitment to the CRC at a later date. Lawmakers are currently in Salem for a special session focused on public employee pension reform and education funding, among other issues.Tim Raphael, a spokesman for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, stayed mum on whether the CRC could come up this week, or during a possible second special session later on.“We’re focused on the special session we’re in right now to boost education funding and restore lost school days,” Raphael said in an email.CRC planners have said they hope to apply for a crucial federal grant this fall. Funding from Oregon, which is now the lead state on the revised $2.7 billion project, would have to be in place before that happens.– Eric Floriplast_img read more