first_imgInter defender Milan Skriniar says he is close to agreeing a new contract with the Serie A club.The centre-back has three years left on his deal but is reported to have been negotiating a year-long extension that will include a pay rise.AdChoices广告Skriniar has shone at San Siro since arriving from Sampdoria in July 2017 and has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? However, the Slovakia international insists he wants to stay in Milan.”You all know I want to stay at Inter,” the 23-year-old told Tuttosport.”I have a great relationship with the club and the directors. We’re talking and we’re close to an agreement.”Skriniar has sought to distance himself from transfer talk on a regular basis over recent months.Just last week he hit out at reports suggesting that he would look for a way out of Inter if the club brought in added competition at centre-half.Diego Godin Atletico Madrid La Liga 2018He insists that is not the case and is hoping to soon have an experienced new team-mate alongside him, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin said to be interested in moving to Italy.”Godin would bring experience and a winning mentality,” he said. “He is someone who has won trophies. He can give us a big helping hand and help us to become stronger.”For now, Skriniar is focused on learning from the world’s finest central defenders as he looks to cement his place among them.”The strongest? Sergio Ramos,” he replied when asked who the best in his position is. “Every year, he is voted among the best, he has won many Champions Leagues and he scores plenty of goals.”I also like [Virgil] Van Dijk, I’ve watched a lot of David Luiz and Thiago Silva, because I want to take something from each of these champions.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk specialist Star Bulk Carriers ended 2014 with net loss despite a 111% increase in revenues achieved through a significant fleet expansion.Star Bulk ended 2014 with USD 11.7 million loss, compared to USD 1.9 million net profit in 2013.Annual revenue jumped from  USD 69.9m in 2013, to USD 147.4m in 2014, spurred on by the merger with Oceanbulk and the acquisition of 34 vessels from Excel Maritime.Star Bulk currently operates 66 vessels, with 34 newbuilds expected to enter the fleet in the next two years.The company has signed several financing agreements for its newbuilding program, the latest one being a USD 227.5 million deal signed with DNB Bank (DNB), SEB Bank (SEB) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for the financing of seven newbuildings.“This past year has been a transformational one for the Company, after the merger with Oceanbulk and the acquisition of 34 vessels from Excel Maritime, making Star Bulk the largest U.S. listed dry bulk company with a fleet of 98 vessels on a fully delivered basis,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, said.”We remain optimistic regarding the fundamental long-term dynamics of the dry bulk industry. Although 2015 will be challenging, we expect a significant correction in the supply of vessels which combined with continued strong demand for commodities will create the necessary conditions for a healthier market in the future.”last_img read more