The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
De Rossi, who’s made 63 appearances for Italy, is keen to leave the club where he’s played since he was a boy because of problems in his private life. Roma’s vice-captain, who has also sparked the interest of Real Madrid, has separated from his wife, while his father-in-law was shot and killed in a gangland revenge attack, the Telegraph said.
Aquilani returned to Serie A in August after just one season in the Premier League.
“I’m trying to make a better Turkey team,” the paper quoted the former Holland and Chelsea manager as saying. “If I can’t do that, I’ll ask the chairman to sack me.”
Hiddink, who led Chelsea to F.A. Cup glory in 2009, turned down an approach by the London club in November to become director of football.
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt may extend his contract with the Premier League club until 2014, the Sun reported.
Kuyt, 30, has two years left on his contract. He’ll agree on a new deal when he returns from playing for the Netherlands, the paper said.
“With Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll arriving, we’re stronger,” the paper quoted Kuyt as saying. “I reckon the club will reinforce in the summer. This helps my belief we’ll play for trophies again.”
Henriquez, who currently plays for Universidad de Chile, is regarded as one of the best emerging talents in Latin America, the paper said.
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