Jose Mourinho was among those in attendance as Belgium took on Iceland in the UEFA Nations League, sparking reports that Manchester United may still be keen on Toby Alderweireld.With domestic football having shut down during the international break, the man in charge at United has taken the decision to head out of Old Trafford, seemingly on a scouting mission.His first port of call was Brussels, with the Portuguese heading to the King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho was not there to watch two of his own players, however, with Belgian duo Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini both unavailable for selection.The former is currently nursing a calf injury which is preventing him from being risked while the latter was left out of Robert Martinez’s latest squad amid issues regarding his fitness.Who, then, was Mourinho keen to take a look at?Tottenham defender Alderweireld would be the most obvious choice, given the long-running rumours regarding a possible move to Manchester for the 29-year-old.“José, what brings you to misty Belgium?”- “The weather.” 🌫65 minuten. Langer keek #Mourinho niet naar #BELIJS . @VTMNIEUWS pic.twitter.com/DLXFHNBsMO — Jarno Bertho (@JarnoBertho) November 15, 2018 He was said to be a top target for United over the summer, as Mourinho sought to bring another proven centre-half onto his books.The Red Devils were to be left empty-handed, however, as the deadline passed with no deals done, but further moves are expected to be made in January.Interest could be rekindled in Alderweireld, as he is yet to commit to a new contract with Spurs .His performance against Iceland should have helped to keep him in Mourinho’s thoughts, despite the Portuguese leaving after 65 minutes, as he helped to secure a comfortable clean sheet.Belgium ran out 2-0 winners on the night , with Michy Batshuayi bagging a brace.The Chelsea striker, who is currently on loan at Valencia, took full advantage of Lukaku’s absence to stake a claim for a more regular starting berth.Martinez’s side have another Nations League clash with Switzerland to come on Sunday, but it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will decide to take in more international football before attention switches back to Premier League matters for United and a home date with Crystal Palace on November 24.
ATHENS — World gymnastics champion Eleftherios Petrounias will start the torch relay for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on April 21.The Greek gymnast will receive the newly-lit flame during a ceremony at the birthplace of the ancient games in southern Greece.The meticulously choreographed ceremony is held ahead of every Olympics in front of a 2,600-year-old temple in Ancient Olympia.The Greek Olympic Committee announced the selection of Petrounias on April 11.Petrounias, who will be competing at his first Olympics in Rio, won gold on the rings at the world and European championships last year.He will pass the flame to Brazilian former volleyball great Giovane Gavio. From Ancient Olympia, the flame will be carried through Greece for a week before being handed over to Rio officials on April 27.TweetPinShare0 Shares