Rumoured Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has ruled out a move away from Bayer Leverkusen for at least another year.The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive campaign with the Bundesliga side last season, and has been linked with a €90 million switch to league champions Bayern.Havertz, however, has been with Leverkusen since the age of 11 and is in no rush to move on just yet, although he admitted he may be interested in a transfer further down the line. 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? “For me, it has long been clear that I will spend the next season in Leverkusen, without any ifs and buts,” he told Suddeutsche Zeitung.”I feel very well in Leverkusen and I see a period here in which I can develop very well.”At some point I will take the next step. If it comes to that, then no one will be angry with me here. You just want to achieve the most possible in your career.”A number of other European clubs have been tipped to move for Havertz on the back of a campaign that saw him score 17 goals and set up three more in the German top flight.But Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller previously told any interested suitors to forget about bidding for the Germany international, who is under contract at BayArena until 2022.”It’s logical for clubs to come close, but there was nothing to be agreed and not too much to talk about,” Havertz added. “For the coming season, I can definitely say that Leverkusen is the right place for me.”Leverkusen’s successful attempt to qualify for the Champions League, thanks to their fourth-place Bundesliga finish last term, will also have had a huge bearing on Havertz’s decision.They guaranteed their place in Europe’s premier cup competition after ending the campaign three points ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach.Havertz was called up to Joachim Low’s Germany squad for the very first time last summer, and was included for matches against France and Peru. He then made his international debut last September, coming on as a late substitute against Peru in a 2-1 win for Germany.
28 November 2008The President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, has been honoured by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his efforts in achieving food security and in transforming the economy of his nation, among the poorest in Africa. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf presented President wa Mutharika with the Agricola Medal – the agency’s highest award – yesterday during a ceremony in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe. Mr. Diouf noted that in 2005, thanks in a large part to the adoption of an Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme piloted by the Government of President wa Mutharika, Malawi was able to restore national food security by increasing access to fertilizers and improved seeds by poor farmers and other vulnerable population groups.In addition, despite sharply rising food and energy prices earlier in the year, and the negative impact of climate change, Malawi has been able to contain food prices to the extent that economic growth for this year is expected to be around 8 per cent. Malawi was also one of the few countries to have surpassed the agreement reached among ministers at the 2003 Maputo African heads of State and government conference for a minimum budget allocation of 10 per cent for agriculture, by allocating as much as 16 per cent to the sector, said the Director-General.Agriculture is crucial to the population of 13.2 million in Malawi, a largely rural and landlocked country in Southern Africa, where some 35 per cent of the population was undernourished in 2004.Previous recipients of the Agricola Medal include Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, former French president Jacques Chirac, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Pope John Paul II, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German ex-president Johannes Rau of Germany.