The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Reina said he would stay at Liverpool “at least until the end of the season,” even though he has a six-year contract. Liverpool’s last title was the 2006 F.A. Cup.
“I signed a six-year deal seven months ago and I’m happy at the club, but every footballer wants to be competing for trophies and winning things,” Reina was quoted as saying.
Pulis believes Stoke has lost seven points this season through refereeing decisions, the Sun said. He wants each club to vote on the officials, with the three lowest-rated relegated to the Championship and the top three from that league promoted, the newspaper said.
Rooney recently signed a five-year contract with United after saying he wanted to leave. The striker is in the U.S. for treatment on an ankle injury and will miss tomorrow’s Manchester derby.
“For me he is the best English striker of recent years,” Tevez was quoted as saying. “I would have liked him to come here, of course. But it was complicated for him to leave United.”
Carew criticized Houllier in an interview with a Norwegian newspaper last weekend and the manager responded by calling the striker “stupid” and challenged Carew to prove he was worthy of a new contract, the Guardian said. Carew’s contract ends after this season, the newspaper added.
Hughes failed with a 2 million-pound ($3.2 million) bid for Young in the summer and is ready to return in January with a new offer, the Mirror said.
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