Valencia have confirmed the signing of Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Barcelona for a fee of €35 million (£31.4/$39.8m).He has signed a four-year deal at Mestalla, with an €80m (£72m/$91m) release clause included with the contract.The 30-year-old joined Barca from Ajax in 2016 but has been unable to secure a regular place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI. 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? Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the established number one at Camp Nou, meaning Cillessen has been restricted to just five Liga appearances over the last three seasons.He made 32 appearances for the club in all competitions, with his final game the Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia at the end of last month.As a result Cillessen was keen to move on this summer in order to secure first-team football. Current Valencia goalkeeper Neto is expected to move in the other direction later this month for a similar fee to act as understudy to Ter Stegen, with Cillessen replacing him as number one at Mestalla.Barcelona were initially believed to be looking for in the region of €60m (£53m/$68m) for Cillessen, so this deal represents something of a climbdown.Prior to his move to Valencia a number of European sides were linked with the Dutchman.Manchester United were believed to be considering a deal, as David de Gea continues to stall on signing a new contract at Old Trafford.Benfica were also interested in luring Cillessen away from La Liga, but a €13m ($15m, £12m) opening bid fell well below Barca’s valuation.Cillessen began his career with NEC Breda in 2010 before moving to Ajax for around €3m (£2.7m/$3.4m) a year later.He made close to 150 appearances for the club over six seasons, winning three Eredivisie titles between 2012 and 2014.That prompted Barcelona to pay €13m in the summer of 2016 to bring the goalkeeper to Catalunya.Internationally, Cillessen has won 48 caps for the Netherlands since making his debut in 2013 and was their first-choice goalkeeper for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where the Louis van Gaal’s side reached the semi-finals.
President Maithripala Sirisena today defended the coalition Government and called for an end to the power struggle within the coalition.Making the Government policy speech in Parliament, the President also sought an end to the squabbles between the Government and the opposition. Later, in his speech the President briefed Parliament on the achievements of the Government so far. President Sirisena said that the National issue cannot be resolved by the Government alone.He also said that the Government has a lot of challenges before it and all political parties must unite to develop the country.The President also said that the unity Government has been able to strengthen its relationship with the international community since it took office in 2015. The President said the National unity Government was formed to address the post war issues.He said that no matter what is said, the issues faced by the Tamils in the war affected North and East must be addressed. He said the Government will continue to maintain its non-aligned foreign policy and have a good relationship with all countries. (Colombo Gazette) The ceremonial opening of the second session of the eighth Parliament took place today with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.