The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Free to Go
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said Carlos Tevez should leave the Premier League club if he isn’t happy with his coaching methods, the Guardian reported.
The two have clashed recently and Mancini asked Tevez to explain newspaper comments about the manager’s training regime, the Guardian said. The conversation was “one-sided,” with Tevez, who joined City from Manchester United in July, being told further criticism won’t be tolerated, the newspaper said.
Messi Says No
Lionel Messi has ruled out ever moving to the Premier League, the Daily Mirror said.
Barcelona’s loss to Inter Milan in the Champions League may have given some English clubs hope Messi would consider a move, but the reigning world Player of the Year put an end to any speculation, the Mirror said.
“Barcelona is my life, they have brought me to where I am today and I could not leave,” the newspaper quoted Messi as saying. “I cannot see myself playing in England because my heart is with Barcelona always.”
Manchester United may make a 17-million pound ($26 million) move to bring Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diara back to the Premier League, the Daily Mail said.
Liverpool also has interest in the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth player, but could be priced out of a deal, the Mail said. Diarra has fallen out of favor with Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini and lost his starting place to Fernando Gago.
If Madrid resists a deal for the French international, United could turn its attention to teammate Mahamadou Diarra, who is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain as a replacement for the retiring Claude Makelele, the Mail said.
City Eyes Foster
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish admits goalkeeper Joe Hart will return to Manchester City next season and will approach Manchester United about Ben Foster, the Daily Mail said.
Hart is on loan at Birmingham, but is likely to return to City after Shay Given suffered a shoulder injury last weekend at Arsenal. McLeish would look to take Foster on a season-long loan, the Mail said.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has labeled strikers Tuncay Sanli and Dave Kitson as “precious” for their responses to be substituted during a 7-0 loss at Chelsea last weekend, the Times said.
The two stormed past Pulis when taken off and face being released in the summer because the manager feels their rebellious attitudes could affect the Stoke dressing room, the Times said.
“It is petulance and you have to realize there are certain players today who are precious,” the newspaper quoted Pulis as saying. “They live in a bubble and realities of real life wash by them.”
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said it was “absolute agony” to watch the Champions League semifinals on television, the Sun said.
United failed to reach the final four for the first time since 2006 after losing to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. Ferguson did admit that not being in the Champions League has helped his preparation for Premier League matches as United chases a fourth consecutive title.
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