The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Adebayor joined Real in January through the end of the season and the Spanish club has a 15 million-pound ($25 million) option to make it permanent, the Sun said. The striker scored two goals in Real’s 4-0 Champions League win over Tottenham three days ago.
“At the end of the season, we will see. If he wants to stay, he can,” Mancini said.
Premier League referees are unhappy that Lee Mason was put under pressure to write a report that led to the Football Association giving Wayne Rooney a two-match ban for swearing, the Daily Mirror said.
The Manchester United forward was suspended for cursing into a television camera after scoring a hat trick at West Ham last week. Mason’s admission in the report that he would have sent Rooney off had he been aware of the incident led to Rooney being charged.
Referees now feel Mason was “used” by the F.A., who wanted to charge the striker, the Mirror said.
“Jarvis is not for sale at any price,” the newspaper quoted McCarthy as saying. “If anyone comes knocking at my door, they will get a custard pie.”
Newcastle’s Joey Barton says he’s the best midfielder in England and took dismissed those who currently man the position for England, the Mirror said.
Barton feels Frank Lampard is “past it,” said Steven Gerrard was injury prone and called Gareth Barry a “teacher’s pet,” the Mirror said.
“He’s like the guy that sits in the front row and listens to the teacher,” Barton, who’s made one appearance for England, said of Barry. “I certainly don’t lose any sleep when I play against him.”
Manchester United is considering offering oft-injured Owen Hargreaves a chance to remain at the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, the Daily Telegraph said.
Hargreaves has made just two brief appearances, amounting to six minutes, since undergoing double knee surgery in June 2009, the Telegraph said. United has been impressed with his determination to regain full fitness and is confident his knee problems are behind him, the newspaper said.
Odemwingie has scored 10 goals since joining the Baggies from Lokotmiv Moscow in August and was voted the third-best newcomer in a poll of Premier League managers behind Rafael van der Vaart and David Silva, the Mirror said.