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“We still don’t know if it’s official or not. There has been a lot of talk about it in the last few days, just like in every pre-season,” the Real goalkeeper said in AS. “Last year it was Modric and now it’s ‘the Bale saga’. The president (Florentino Perez) and (director general) Jose Angel Sanchez always do everything to try and bring the best players to the club. “The current squad is complete in every area but if a player like Bale comes along, he’ll be welcomed.” Casillas’ comments will no doubt be received with disappointment at Spurs, who have been keen to keep talk of Bale’s possible departure to the Spanish capital to a minimum. Spurs sources tried to play down claims made in the Spanish media that Perez is due to meet Daniel Levy in Florida, although they did admit the Tottenham chairman is currently there on holiday. Such has been the interest in Bale that photographers and camera crews turned up at the club’s training ground on Tuesday to see if the Welshman would report for duty. But despite the frenzied speculation engulfing White Hart Lane, former captain Ledley King is sure the players will be able to concentrate on starting the season with a bang. “At this time of the season, you are not sure what’s going to happen,” King said at the launch of the club’s new interactive online game Tottenham Turfies. “I’m sure every club is the same. As players you learn to deal with that. “You just get your head down and concentrate on performing your best for the team and that’s what the players will be doing.” Real Madrid have continued their public courting of Gareth Bale, with captain Iker Casillas admitting the Spanish club would welcome the Tottenham forward to the Bernabeu with open arms. Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, mindful that he had angered Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas with his previous comments about Bale, refused to discuss the club’s mooted world-record move for the 24-year-old on Tuesday night. But Casillas, who recently described Bale as one of the top three players in the world, did not toe the same line. Press Association read more
TEMPLE CITY – Hiring a city manager, televising City Council meetings and preparing the city for major infrastructure work were some of the goals voiced by City Council candidates Monday night. More than 100 people attended the forum at the Women’s Club of Temple City. The Temple City Chamber of Commerce sponsored the forum, which was conducted by The League of Women Voters. Incumbents Dan Arrighi, David Capra and Judy Wong will square off against former council members and mayors Chuck Souder and Fernando Vizcarra, and Scott Carwile, Peggy Miller and Cynthia Sternquist, in the March 6 election. Sternquist called for more transparency in city government and said council meetings should be televised. Mayor Capra said the city has a lot of money in the bank ($26 million), which it will need to pay for infrastructure work on sewers and storm drains. Souder noted that during his last stint on the council, the city’s reserves grew from $2 million to $23 million through wisemanagement. Incumbent Wong said Temple City’s population is 40 percent Asian, and she serves as a bridge for the Asian community, explaining Asian culture to other residents and instructing Asians how to follow city codes and policies. Carwile gave the audience his cell phone number and said he would always be available to talk to residents. Vizcarra said he has talked to more than 500 residents and detected a sense of apathy among them, much of it due to the failure of a referendum aimed at stopping the controversial Piazza on Las Tunas mall. Incumbent Arrighi promised to clean up Rosemead Boulevard and did so. He also said he would like to change the council agenda so the public comment period is returned to the start of council meetings, and abolish time limits for speakers. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more