Juventus new boy Matthijs de Ligt has laughed off claims that he chose to move to Turin for the money.It had been claimed in some quarters that the defender, who moved to the Serie A champions from Ajax in a €75 million (£67m/$84m) deal this week, turned down a switch to Paris Saint-Germain because he wanted to earn more than Kylian Mbappe. The 19-year-old dismissed those rumours as ‘insane’.The former Ajax stopper said he relied on controversial super-agent Mino Raiola to handle the business side of the game, while he made his decisions purely for footballing reasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I tried to shut myself off [from speculation] as much as possible,” De Ligt told AD , “but you always get something with it.“The most insane message I read was that I wouldn’t go to PSG because I wanted to earn more money than Mbappe. What nonsense.“[Money] played no role for me. Everyone who knows me knows that too.“Mino is my agent, he deals with the business side of things, but that came only after my my sporting choice was made. Money has never been leading.”The Netherlands international had previously denied that Cristiano Ronaldo was an influence on his decision to move to Italy , instead saying that the Italian defensive tradition swayed him to choose Juve, amid interest from Barcelona and Manchester United as well as PSG.He said that any pressure from his move to the Bianconeri would come from the club’s status and not from his fee, the third-highest ever paid for a teenager.He said his experience at Ajax, the club he skippered to the Champions League semi-finals, eliminating Juventus along the way, would stand him in good stead for the challenges that await.“Don’t worry, [pressure is] always there at clubs like this,” he continued.“And a transfer fee is just a given. At such large clubs as Juventus those price tags do not play a role.“Of course, it is nice to come in after the season with Ajax, including the match here in Turin.“But that is in the past and will no longer count when I stand here on the field. Juventus has many good defenders, we will all have to work.”
During an upcoming talk, regarded Canadian poet and Brock Associate Professor Adam Dickinson will use poetry to share with audiences the dramatic impact humans have made on Earth’s climate, geology and biological makeup.Presented by the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC), Dickinson’s talk will be the next presentation in the Walker Cultural Leaders Series. It will take place on Monday, March 18, from 8 to 9 p.m. in room 211 of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA).“Writing in the Anthropocene: Poetics and the Environment” will focus on the intersections between poetry and science as a way of exploring new ecocritical perspectives and alternative modes of poetic composition. Catherine Parayre, Director of STAC, said Dickinson is a fitting artist to welcome to the Walker Cultural Leaders Series this year because of his involvement with the Centre’s new Small Walker Press.Officially launching this spring, the press publishes books by artists and authors working together on a given theme.“The Small Walker Press is publishing works on the theme of environmental degradation this year, and Adam Dickinson’s work perfectly aligns with it,” explained Parayre. “He was inspired to write his contribution to the press after a walk he took with artist Lorène Bourgeois at Glenridge Quarry in the Fall of 2018.”Dickinson is an award-winning poet whose work has been featured at prominent international literary festivals such as Poetry International in Rotterdam, the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors in Toronto and the Oslo International Poetry Festival in Norway.He is perhaps best known for his work The Polymers (2013), which was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry in 2013, the 2014 ReLit Award for Poetry and the 2014 Trillium Book Award. He is also the author of Cartography and Walking (2002), Kingdom, Phylum (2006) and Anatomic (2018). His poem My Fear of Being Eaten will appear alongside art by Lorène Bourgeois in the forthcoming Quarry, to be published by the Small Walker Press later this year. His upcoming author’s talk is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, please contact Catherine Parayre at [email protected] funded by Marilyn I. Walker, the Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society.