MUI issues fatwa, implementing ‘social distancing’ for Islamic worship

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a fatwa on compulsory Muslim prayers specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.MUI Fatwa Council chair Hasanuddin said in a written statement on Monday that Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” were “not permitted to perform Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.“They are obliged to replace [the Friday prayer] with the zuhr [midday] prayer [at home]. Likewise, it is [forbidden] to hold religious activities that involve large numbers of people that could further spread COVID-19,” Hasanuddin said in the statement. He added that Muslims in areas “less affected” by COVID-19 could perform the Friday prayer at mosques. However, people were encouraged to minimize physical contact, bring their own prayer mats and wash their hands diligently.The MUI also prohibited Muslims who tested positive for COVID-19 from attending Friday prayer at mosques, and instructed them to replace the obligatory Friday prayer with the zuhr at home.”It is haram for a [person with] COVID-19 to carry out sunnah activities that create opportunities for contagion, such as performing the daily prayers in congregation, the tarawih [special Ramadan prayer] and the Eid prayer at mosques and other public places, as well as attending public [Quranic] recitations or majelis taklim [Quran study groups],” the fatwa stated.The statement also said that the bathing the bodies of the dead should be carried out by medical authorities in compliance with their protocols and with regard to Islamic law.Hasanuddin added that funeral prayers and burials should be conducted as usual, but with precautions in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19.The fatwa council also stated that actions that caused panic and/or public losses, such as hoarding basic necessities and face masks, were haram. On March 16, Indonesia reported 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five deaths. The virus has spread throughout the country, including major regions like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Carnival 2012 Opening Parade

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Carnival 2012 Opening Parade by: – January 28, 2012 Share Tweet Carnival float in memory of Jefferson “Jeff Joe” Joseph during Saturday’s parade.The Real Mas 2012 officially commenced in Dominica with a parade in the City of Roseau on Saturday, 28th January, 2012.Several business organizations paraded through the streets with their costumes and company paraphernalia.The contestants of all three pageants; Carnival Princess, Miss Teen Dominica and Miss Dominica were all beautifully attired as they paraded on Saturday.The parade will culminate with an opening ceremony at the Festival City in Pottersville with addresses by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Justina Charles and the Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs Ian Douglas among others.Various local bands and groups will also perform at the opening which will continue until 11:30pm.Part 1: [nggallery id= 128] Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 66 Views   3 commentslast_img read more

Badgers down Panthers in exhibition

first_imgAlthough it is only the first weekend of April, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team looks to be getting close to where it left off last season, in which it won the Big Ten tournament title and advanced to the NCAA tournament.In Saturday’s exhibition game against UW-Milwaukee, the Badgers got goals from senior captain Kara Kabellis and assistant captain Allison Preiss and shutout the Panthers 2-0 at the McClain Center.With the score tied at zero to start the second half, it was the Badger veterans who put Wisconsin on the scoreboard. Off one of Wisconsin’s set inbounds plays, Kara Kabellis was able to beat the UWM goalie on the far right side to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead just minutes into the second frame.Wisconsin added its second goal of the game when Preiss was able to control a deflection and kick the ball with the outside of her foot around one of the Panther defenders.Preiss proceeded to beat the defender and knock the ball past the UWM goalie for a 2-0 Wisconsin lead and the eventual exhibition victory.”The first half we were a little shaky, and we were able to put some things together in the second half,” Kabellis said.Although Wisconsin lost three of their top offensive performers from last season — Marisa Brown, Katy Lindenmuth and Amy Vermeulen — to graduation, the players on the Wisconsin team remain confident that they will be a better offensive club than last season, with a powerful group of redshirt freshmen starting to work their way into the rotation.”I think the scoring will be more dispersed [than last year] because we have a lot more people that can score this year,” Kabellis said. “The scoring won’t be just concentrated on one or two people because you can count on more than just one person. [Offensively] we are learning on how to play with each other, which is going to take a little time.”[But] we are building up for next fall pretty well.””We missed one or two golden chances in the first half,” head coach Dean Duerst said. “We are just trying to give them more options offensively. We need creativity, and we started to see that in the second half as well.”It wasn’t like we were playing poorly; we just weren’t playing up to our standard and our ability of moving the ball around effectively. All that opened up for us in the second half.”The big concern for Wisconsin this spring and heading into next season is the defensive backfield.Against UWM, however, the defense looked crisp and played strong as a unit, giving up no goals and stymieing some abundant Panther scoring chances. It was a good showing for the defense against UWM, as the Panthers are known for being very organized offensively and putting pressure on their opponents.”We knew UWM would offer us some test to our back line,” Duerst said. “At times, we actually created our own problems by wanting to play too much. … We want to grow, and part of that philosophy is just take small steps.”You want to really get better, but it’s got to come with some learning, patience and testing. As coaches, we really have to teach more in the spring because we have more time.”One of the key players in Wisconsin’s exhibition victory was the play of junior goalie Lynn Murray. Coming off a season in which she won 13 games and allowed only 1.11 goals per game, Murray looked to be in mid-season form. She stopped everything that came her way by deflecting scoring chances and maintaining communication with her defenders.For Murray, the spring games are a chance to get back into the game routine, despite not starting the non-conference season for another five months.”It’s a lot more fun when you aren’t running fitness tests everyday and you get to play some games,” Murray said. “Practice is more like practice instead of just running yourself into the ground all the time. It’s a lot better to get out there and play, and you remember why you play. It makes it a lot easier on your body, and you are a lot more motivated.”For the upcoming 2006 season, the Wisconsin coaching staff announced that, in addition to their two captains, the team would be adding two assistant captains for the duration of the season.Kabellis and fellow senior Stefani Szczechowski will serve as the captains for the team, and seniors Natalie Horner and Allison Preiss will serve as the assistant captains.”It feels great to be a captain,” Szczechowski said. “I think the younger players look up to me. It is just an odd role because I don’t always get a lot of minutes [on the field]. I feel like, most of the time, Kara is going to be the leader on the field, and I am going to be more of a moral leader, keeping the spirits high on the bench.”By expanding the number of captains on the team, Duerst hopes to provide more examples of leadership to his younger players. With nine redshirt freshmen and six recruits vying for playing time in September, the Badger coaching staff hopes to have the four captains lead by example on and off the field.”It’s been what we have expected with our senior class stepping forward and taking some of the responsibility and leadership,” Duerst said. “With having four captains, the team then has four players they can go to. The coaching staff will really connect with the captains, but Horner and Preiss are still going to play a leadership role, which is good for the team.”last_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about Oklahoma State

first_imgSyracuse (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Brooklyn, New York for a matchup with Oklahoma State (5-0) on Wednesday. The first game of a series of two games in the Barclays Center will determine who and when the Orange will play Friday night. Here’s what to know about the Cowboys ahead of the matchup.All-time series: Oklahoma State leads, 3-2Last time they played: On Dec. 5, 2006, the Orange lost by four points, 72-68, to the Cowboys at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden. Then-SU star Demetris Nichols scored 26 points, but SU was undone by two 20-point performances by the Cowboys in the close loss. The game marked Syracuse’s second-straight loss to a ranked opponent.The Oklahoma State report: The Cowboys are the first team in KenPom’s top-50 teams that SU has played since the first game of the season against Virginia. The Cowboys also have a strikingly similar team to the Orange. Both teams employ a middling offense and strong defense. Oklahoma State also has a size advantage compared to previous teams the Orange have faced. Every player in its starting lineup is at least 6-foot-4.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore than half the Cowboys points come from 2-point range, per KenPom, and their 3-point rate ranks 270th in the nation five games into the season. Without a go-to scorer, OSU relies on a three-pronged scoring attack. Guard Lindy Waters III leads the team with 13 points per game, but is followed closely by guard Isaac Likekele (12.2) and forward Yor Anei (11.4). The Cowboys are most effective on the defensive end. They hold opponents to the 30th-lowest effective field goal percentage in the nation (42.4%) and have the second-highest block rate in the country (20.3%). Only Syracuse blocks a higher percentage of shots.How Syracuse beats OSU: The Cowboys have some of the best 3-point defense in the country. Syracuse shoots a lot of 3-pointers. Though this shapes up to be a bad thing for the Orange, there’s a possibility that OSU hasn’t seen a 3-point shooting attack like SU’s so far in the season.If the Orange convert on their shots early like they did against Bucknell, there’s a chance the Cowboys don’t have the offensive firepower to fight their way back into the game. Syracuse cannot be one-dimensional, though. If SU can continue its inside and outside offensive proficiency that it showed against the Bison Wednesday, then that could be enough to keep the game out of reach from an Oklahoma State team that relies on good defense to gain its edge.Stat to know: 36.0% — The percentage of points opponents score against Oklahoma State on 3-pointers. Though OSU limits opponents to 25.7% shooting from beyond the arc, a good chunk of opponents’ points are still scored from the outside. That could mean Oklahoma State’s 3-point percentage is more a result of poor shooting, not swarming defense.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 53% chance to win the game Wednesday, with a final score prediction of 65-64 per KenPom.Player to watch: Anei, No. 14, forwardThe tallest player on the Cowboys roster is also their best rebounder and among their best scorers. But where Anei makes his biggest impact is interior defense. Anei has blocked 17 shots in just five games, including an eight-block performance against Oral Roberts. SU can’t afford to let Anei take away the inside. Comments Published on November 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lincolnshire comeback stuns Surrey on opening day of Women’s County Final

first_img Tags: Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surre, Women’s County Finals, Yorkshire 16 Sep 2019 Lincolnshire comeback stuns Surrey on opening day of Women’s County Final Lincolnshire battled back to secure a 5-4 victory against Surrey on the first day of the Women’s County Finals at Delamere Forest Golf Club, Cheshire.Despite being 3-0 down going after the morning foursomes, Lincolnshire were able to secure their first point of the week after winning five out of six available points in the afternoon’s single matches. The stand-out performance came from Meg Illingworth who won 5&4 over Gabby Shacklady.Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn, Billie-Jo Smith and Ellise Rymer all won by one whilst the game was secured by Helen McDougal on the 17th after beating Jessica Adams of Surrey by two.Lincolnshire Team Captain, Helen Dawson, said the team proved what they could do: “They believe in themselves, they believe in each other and this afternoon they proved they can do it. You have to be confident, we all think we’re going to win, we all hope we’re going to win, we’ll all do our best to win.She added: “[after the morning foursomes] I think we thought we had nothing to lose, just go for it and don’t play it too safe.”Defending champions Gloucestershire also overcame a foursomes deficit to pick up an opening day victory. In conditions preferable to the storms at Royal North Devon GC last year, Gloucestershire were able to dominate the singles after a slow start in the morning’s play.Although Ffion Tynan and Alex Saunders took the first foursomes 7&6, Norfolk fought back to take the remaining two foursomes points.However, in the singles it was a different story as Gloucestershire almost swept the board. Apart from Abigail O’Riordan’s 1up victory over Jess Brown, Norfolk were unable to stop the defending champions, with each singles win at least 3&2 on the day.Meanwhile, Yorkshire, who missed out on the last day in 2019, started off their campaign with a crushing 8-1 victory over Buckinghamshire to jump to the top of the early standings in Cheshire.Buckinghamshire were competitive throughout the morning foursomes and it was only late on that Yorkshire secured a trio of tight 1 hole, 2 hole and 2&1 wins.However, they couldn’t apply enough pressure in the singles to make any serious threat to the Yorkshire charge. Thalia Kirby’s 2 hole win over Lily Hurst was Bucks only highlight as Nicola Slater, Mia Eales-Smith, Beth Norton, Evie Cooke and Hannah Holden all picked up singles wins.Image courtesy of Leaderboard PhotographyView the full leaderboardlast_img read more

Derby favourite Nyquist running in the shadow of American Pharoah

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky (AP):Go ahead and pity Kentucky Derby favourite Nyquist. He has the unenviable task of following in the hoof prints of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, and so far isn’t getting the respect expected for the only undefeated horse in the race.Nyquist heads into the Run for the Roses today at Churchill Downs as the early 3-1 favourite in a full field of 20 horses. Deservedly so, based on a record that includes being a champion at age two, victories at four different tracks in the east and west, and an ability to overcome all sorts of obstacles in his races.Still, Nyquist isn’t the buzziest of horses. Heck, even his owner J. Paul Reddam said that as a fan he’d bet against his horse. Handicappers and racing fans haven’t been talking up the bay colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist (Reddam is a fan) either.Nyquist has won his seven races, including four prestigious Grade Ones, by a combined 15 lengths – an average of just over two lengths. He rarely does more than he needs to and nothing dazzling. He tends to drift out in the stretch, which could indicate the distance he’s run is about as far as he wants to go. He doesn’t even have any markings – no blaze on his head, no white stockings on his feet.JUVENILE CHAMPIONHis sire, Uncle Mo, was a juvenile champion and the 2011 Derby favourite scratched the day before the race with an illness. Nyquist is one of his three offspring in the race, but nobody knows if Uncle Mo’s first crop of foals can run the classic distance of 1-1/4 miles because there is no proven pedigree.Yet Nyquist has a supporter in Bob Baffert, the Hall of Fame trainer who guided American Pharoah.”He does it workmanlike, but he does it fast. When you’re fast and you stay out of trouble in a 20-horse field, that’s a big edge,” Baffert said. “He’s got the heart, and a horse with heart will go further than they’re supposed to go.”In a year of can-you-top-a-Triple-Crown winner, Nyquist has already done so financially. He’s earned a record $3,322,600, including a $1 million bonus for winning the Florida Derby in his last race.None of the doubt deters Doug O’Neill, who trains Nyquist.”I’m optimistic we’re going to win,” he said. “He’s definitely shown us that he’s going to run a big race.”last_img read more

Cabagnot reaches career milestone with 2,939th assist in Beermen win

first_imgRavena stays focused, vows to keep in shape during 18-month ban In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “No, [but] I was aware we were down by 12. I wasn’t really aware of the individual feat like that until coach Dayong told me after the game so it feels good,” he said. “I think all the top 10 members are Hall of Famers so just being mentioned in their class is a blessing and just happy right now.”Cabagnot said he has a ton of unforgettable assists throughout his PBA career and one of which led to a game-winning 3-pointer by longtime teammate Arwind Santos in Game 7 of the 2015 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska.“One comes into mind was I passed it to Arwind, I think [during] a best-of-7 [finals]. He hit a shot I think that was when Ronald Tubid called a timeout against Alaska and we needed a 3-pointer and that was one of my many memorable assists,” he recalled.“I just thank all my teammates. It’s an assist, they made the basket and I just pass it to them.”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Alex Cabagnot reaches career milestone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the shot clock winding down, San Miguel Beer guard Alex Cabagnot faked a step back 3-pointer before setting up Christian Standhardinger for the short baseline jumper.It was a simple basketball play that turned out to be special.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil His pass that resulted to Standhardinger’s basket at the 9:49 mark of the fourth quarter was his seventh assist of the game and 2,939th of his career, passing PBA legend Francis Arnaiz for 10th place in the all-time list, as per league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.READ: San Miguel ends 3-game slump, defeats PhoenixFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I wish my mom, my brother and my family could’ve witnessed it. I’m glad we won and it’s such a big accomplishment being in my 13th year in the league. To God be the glory,” said Cabagnot, who also had 13 points and six rebounds to help the Beermen post their first win at the expense of the Phoenix Fuel Masters.The 35-year-old Cabagnot said he had no idea that he was close to chalking up a career milestone and had actually reached it until one of San Miguel’s assistants told him about it after the game. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

China football captain banned in latest punishment salvo

first_img0Shares0000China and Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi is fined and banned for four CSl games s the Chinese FA dished out another round of draconian punishments © AFP/File / STRSHANGHAI, China, Jul 7 – China’s national captain Zheng Zhi and Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz were both banned for several games as the Chinese FA dished out another round of draconian punishments.Brazilian internationals Oscar and Hulk and their Shanghai SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas are all already suspended over a separate incident and the Chinese Football Association (CFA) late Thursday stepped up its crackdown on bad behaviour on the field. Zheng, also skipper of reigning Chinese Super League (CSL) champion Guangzhou Evergrande, was banned for four CSL games and fined 40,000 yuan ($6,000) for failing to gather all his players to shake the hands of the officials in Evergrande’s 4-3 defeat last weekend at Tianjin Quanjian.It makes it an expensive few days for the 36-year-old Zheng, who was also fined 100,000 yuan by his club for the incident.The rest of the Evergrande side including Brazilian midfielder Paulinho were all fined and warned for the same misdemeanour, and the club was censured and fined.Yilmaz, who plays for Beijing Guoan, was meanwhile banned for five games for “pushing the opposite side’s player and causing a bad impact” following his red card in a bad-tempered 0-0 draw home to Jiangsu Suning on June 26.Suning’s Li Ang got four games following the flare-up, when players and staff from both sides piled in as the game ended in acrimony.That outbreak of violence erupted soon after Oscar triggered a brawl in an earlier CSL game, with the CFA banning him for eight matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Man United fans have no class!’ Rivals condemn Red Devils’ supporters at Arsenal game

first_img Danny Welbeck booed by Man United fans Danny Welbeck returned to Old Trafford, his former hunting ground and sent Man United crashing out of the FA Cup.The England ace was sold to Arsenal last summer and in the club’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against the Red Devils, scored the winner in a 2-1 win victory.WENGER HAILS MATCH WINNER WELBECKHe could not contain his delight following the goal and when the striker was replaced with 15 minutes to go, he was booed by some sections of fans, though not by all it should be pointed out.The few who did boo were rounded on by United fans and other supporters, too. 1last_img

Real Madrid want Rodrigo after Ronaldo exit – why the move makes sense

first_img ROWDY GETTY IMAGES – GETTY WARNING Losing a trophy to Atlético is never a pleasant feeling for Real Madrid, but matters were made worse in Tallinn by the fact that Los Blancos lacked the quality of striker from the bench to give them a fighting chance of turning the match around in extra time. Last season Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only proven, elite level centre-forwards in Madrid’s squad, and the departure of the club’s record goalscorer has made the situation even more delicate. Coach Lopetegui’s decision to call on unproven youth striker Borja Mayoral in an unsuccessful attempt to turn the European Super Cup around last week was telling, and indicative of a serious deficiency in his group of players. Thousands of pro-Catalan protesters make their voice heard before El Clasico The people upstairs at the Bernabeu have urged caution, and suggested their squad is complete as is, but supporters reasonably expect that an established attacker will be brought in if Madrid really want to compete on three fronts this season, and it seems Lopetegui agrees. In recent weeks the name of Valencia striker Rodrigo has repeatedly been linked to the European Champions in the pages of the Spanish capital’s sports papers, and the 27-year-old fits the bill for a number of reasons.The Brazil-born forward has a long, established relationship with Lopetegui, who over the last eight years has repeatedly found him to be a useful attacker for his style of play. The two first briefly crossed paths when Lopetegui was Real Madrid Castilla manager in 2010, and the coach didn’t forget the then youngster when he took up a position as Spain youth boss.In qualifying for the 2013 UEFA European U21 Championship, Rodrigo was Lopetegui’s first choice centre-forward and rewarded that backing with a return of 11 goals – including four in one play-off match against Denmark – before going on to feature regularly alongside the likes of David de Gea, Isco and Thiago when Spain won the tournament in Israel.After a few years apart, the partnership was reignited again when Lopetegui became boss of the senior Spain side. By 2017, Rodrigo had proven himself in La Liga as an established starter at one of the league’s historic giants Valencia, and he was increasingly rewarded with Spain minutes as a result. Pogba-Bale swap deal would be ‘mistake’ as Man United ace linked with Real Madrid 2 Rodrigo has scored two goals in nine appearances for Spain Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST LA LIGA NEWS Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid look light up front for the first time in a long time.Valencia striker Rodrigo is the extra firepower Julen Lopetegui wants, and an excellent performance against Atlético Madrid made a strong case for him reuniting with his former Spain boss at the club that formed him. on target Atlético Madrid proved they can win La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid thrashing – it’s time for Simeone to deliver 2 g.o.a.t targeted Rodrigo salvaged a point for Valencia against Atletico Madrid El Clasico How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Stream, channel, kick-off time, team news Barcelona star latest victim of burglary as thieves target house before El Clasico What a touch and finish by Rodrigo!Can they go on to win?#Valencia#LaLiga— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) August 20, 2018The Mestalla erupted in recognition of the moment of pure class, as did his manager Marcelino – perhaps for one of the last times if Lopetegui has his way. On the pitch, the case for Real Madrid strengthening a fragile position by bringing in a mature, established striker who knows the boss, knows a significant proportion of the squad from international duty and fits the style of play, looks clear.The timing may also be opportune: the strong form the centre-forward found last season (19 goals in all competitions, a career best) that has carried over into the current campaign suggest the peak stage of his career is now kicking off at the age of 27 – the period when that tends to occur for forwards.Off the pitch there remain unresolved questions however, price being the principle one. Asked last week by El Pais if he could guarantee that Rodrigo would be at the Mestalla come the end of the transfer window, Valencia general director Mateu Alemany noted that he could not, so long as buyout clauses exist in Spain. But the fact that the player’s clause is set at €120m makes the matter more complicated. All of Lionel Messi’s incredible records against Real Madrid ahead of El Clasico With solid timing, in the final build up to the World Cup he bagged a couple of goals, started to regularly show a sharp turn of pace, improved his pressing and offered runs into space not dissimilar to David Villa that La Roja had sorely lacked in the veteran’s absence. It impressed the boss enough to earn the forward a place in the final Spain squad for Russia 2018, most notably ahead of Alvaro Morata. The naturalised Spaniard was expected to be one of Lopetegui’s key jokers from the bench before the relationship between the boss and the national team turned catastrophically sour at the final hour.That Lopetegui is interested in teaming up with Rodrigo yet again should be no surprise then, and the opening round of the 2018-19 La Liga season only provided further evidence to suggest that the player is ready to make the leap to a club of Real Madrid’s demands. Starting for Valencia in the game of the weekend against Atlético, he was the home team’s best player by some distance in the delicately poised first half, forcing Juanfran into a desperate last-ditch block early on then flashing a shot wide and another over the bar before the break.Those served as target practice for what was to come. In the second half, with Valencia trailing and Atléti seemingly established as the dominant team in the game, the 27-year-old knocked the newly crowned Supercup winners off their perch with a belter of a goal. It’s not often Diego Godin is left looking like a fool but that’s exactly what happened to the normally faultless defender when Rodrigo shaped to make it look like he would jump to meet a Daniel Wass cross, only to instead chest it past the off-balance defender and smash home a thundering shot on his left foot that earned a point in a huge game for Los Che. Madrid are evidently not going to fork out that kind of fee without the possibility of recovering some of the commercial value they lost with Cristiano Ronaldo. That is a return a player like Eden Hazard or Neymar could provide, but not Rodrigo, who lacks their superstar status.The matter will come down to whether Valencia are willing to negotiate therefore – and how much backing Florentino Perez is willing to give to his coach in attempts to do so. Los Che may be putting on a tough face in public, but with the additions of Kevin Gameiro and Michy Batshuayi up front this summer, and PSG still holding out for a bigger fee in attempts to broker a deal to bring key player Gonçalo Guedes back to the Mestalla before the window closes, moving Rodrigo on for a decent if not stratospheric fee may be beneficial for all parties.As for the player, Rordrigo was less than convincing when asked about the possibility of going to Madrid following the final whistle on Monday, deflecting by saying he had said all he wishes to on the matter (which isn’t very much). Nor was his coach steadfast.Marcelino had already told journalists to “ask Lopetegui” about the possibility of the striker moving to Madrid in the build-up to the Atleti match. After the final whistle he was similarly ambiguous, noting that while he thinks the forward will stay, “if an irrefutable offer comes in for him and the club, you have to accept it, because that’s how the world works”.The exact definition of an offer Valencia can’t refuse remains to be seen.Lee Roden is writing for talkSPORT on all things La Liga this season. Follow him on Twitter here.last_img read more