Sydney New Year’s Eve: extra 3,000 police to patrol city

NSW police say additional officers will be out in force to help the expected 1.5 million revellers feel safe in the aftermath of Lindt cafe siege, but that the biggest threat remained alcohol-related violence, rather than terrorism

An extra 3,000 police officers will be out on Sydney’s streets on New Year’s Eve to ensure revellers feel safe after this month’s deadly CBD siege.

NSW police Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller said there would be more than “3,000 additional police out to ensure New Year’s Eve is a safe and family-friendly event”.

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Sydney New Year’s Eve: extra 3,000 police to patrol city

NSW police say additional officers will be out in force to help the expected 1.5 million revellers feel safe in the aftermath of Lindt cafe siege, but that the biggest threat remained alcohol-related violence, rather than terrorism

An extra 3,000 police officers will be out on Sydney’s streets on New Year’s Eve to ensure revellers feel safe after this month’s deadly CBD siege.

NSW police Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller said there would be more than “3,000 additional police out to ensure New Year’s Eve is a safe and family-friendly event”.

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Real Madrid Transfer News: Latest Rumours, Speculation as January Window Looms

The early-season rumours about a potential Real Madrid exit for Cristiano Ronaldo, per Sky Sports, have drastically diminished, and the player’s agent has confirmed that the forward is likely to retire with the European champions.

In an interview with Globo Esporte, super-agent Jorge Mendes confirmed Ronaldo’s intentions to don the iconic all-white strip for the rest of his career, hailing the 29-year-old as the finest player in Los Blancos’ distinguished history, per Kevin Palmer of ESPN:

I believe that Cristiano will finish his career at Real Madrid. He’s happy at the club and is still keen to achieve more success in Madrid.

I respect great players like Raul and [Alfredo] Di Stefano, but none of them compare to Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano is the greatest ever. It will be impossible for anyone to emulate him in the future. There’s just such a gulf between him and second best.

The news will come as great reassurance to Madridistas across the globe, for Ronaldo has been in sensational form during the early part of the campaign.

Already he has bagged 30 goals in 24 games in all competitions, per WhoScored.com, and his form has been a key catalyst in Real’s magnificent recent run, which stands at 22 victories in succession at the time of writing.

Truth be told, Ronaldo has set staggeringly consistent high standards since his £80 million move from Manchester United to Real, as we can see here courtesy of RonaldoStats:

In further positive news for Los Blancos supporters, Sami Khedira has signalled his intentions to sign a new contract and stay at the Santiago Bernabeu amidst longstanding interest from the likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich, per German newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten (h/t Joe Ridge of the Mail Online). 

If we reach a solution, I’ll be very happy

I’m confident that soon I will get more of a chance to play. There are other players in my position but that competition is healthy.

Despite having not featured too often in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans this season, the German midfielder is a vital component of this squad. There are a host of intricate, playmaking talents vying for a spot in the club’s engine room, but none of the players operating in that area have defensive instincts that are comparable to Khedira‘s.

As we can see here courtesy of MisterChip, Khedira has enjoyed a phenomenal 2014 in terms of trophies:

But according to Jose Felix Diaz of Marca, the 27-year-old has been perennially reluctant when it comes to revealing the kind of terms he wants on a new deal, which means he could agree a pre-contract with another side in the coming days:

Not a word has passed Khedira‘s lips since last July, when Real Madrid presented another offer for his renewal and the player turned it down. Since then, he has been as quiet as a church mouse.

Ancelotti has been hoping during all this time that the player would at some point finally give in and put pen to paper. But this has not been the case.

While Khedira has claimed that he relishes the prospect of fierce competition, perhaps he is hanging fire to see what the situation is when it comes to Madrid’s pursuit of Cruzeiro’s Lucas Silva.

But that looks no closer to a solution following some stark quotes which emerged from the Brazilian club’s sporting director Alexandre Mattos in O Tempo (h/t Joe Wright of Goal.com):

I had a very firm talk with him [Lucas Silva] and his agent.

I looked him right in the eye and told him that everyone understands where they are. Cruzeiro are also a great global club.

Former Brazilian international Juninho Pernambucano has been talking up the young Brazilian midfielder, comparing him to Khedira and a former Real Madrid midfielder:

At this juncture, with Cruzeiro clearly keen to be viewed as anything but pushovers, a deal for Silva looks unlikely to happen until the summer. But it’s easy to see why Madrid are pursuing the Brazilian’s signature if Khedira is indeed being as elusive as is claimed previously. 

With that in mind, if no deal is agreed for the German by the time January rolls around, it’ll be intriguing to see how long it takes for a definitive outcome to materialise on Khedira’s future, whether it be at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Emirates or elsewhere.

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