Inter Milan Coach Benitez Targets Former Player Mascherano: Soccer Roundup
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Benitez yesterday signed a two-year contract to coach Inter Milan, replacing Jose Mourinho, who left for Real Madrid after winning the Champions League. Benitez left Liverpool on June 3.
Vidic, who has a contract with United until 2012, may leave Old Trafford this summer for Real Madrid, Barcelona or AC Milan, the newspaper said.
Wenger Likes Cole
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also keen to sign the England player, who is a free agent this summer after being released by Chelsea.
“I like him as a player because when he played against us he always did a lot of damage,” the Mirror quoted Wenger as saying in South Africa yesterday.
Anelka, who makes 90,000 pounds ($131,877) a week at the London club, did not ask for a pay rise during the negotiations, the Express said. He scored 15 goals last season.
Benitez marked his departure from Liverpool with a 96,000 pound donation to the Hillsborough Family Support Group, the Sun reported. Ninety-six Liverpool fans died after a crush at the start of an F.A. Cup semi-final at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium in 1989.