Everton May Be Forced to Sell Marouane Fellaini, Mail Reports: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Fellaini Exit?

Everton may have to sell midfielder Marouane Fellaini after this season should the 23-year-old not be willing to extend his contract, the Daily Mail said.

The Belgian’s deal expires in 2013, and his club is worried about losing him cheaply after Steven Pienaar moved to Tottenham for 3 million pounds ($4.7 million) in January, the newspaper said.

Everton manager David Moyes said he wants to rebuild the team around Fellaini, the Mail added.

Blatter’s Denial

FIFA President Sepp Blatter denied a report that said he had an agreement to step down and allow UEFA head Michel Platini to take over soccer’s governing body, the Daily Express said.

ESPN reported that the 75-year-old would quit halfway into his new four-year term and allow the European body’s president to take over the role. Blatter said the story “is simply ridiculous,” the Express said.

‘Poisoned Chalice’

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said he hasn’t been approached to replace England coach Fabio Capello, a job that Redknapp said is a “poisoned chalice,” the Daily Mirror reported.

The coach said it would be difficult for an Englishman to turn down the post, the newspaper reported. Redknapp said he hasn’t lobbied for the job, according to the Mirror.

Jol’s Secret

Fulham manager Martin Jol said he deliberately didn’t tell new striker Bryan Ruiz that he couldn’t play in European matches after signing with the London club, the Mail said.

Ruiz won’t be able to play tonight against his former club, Twente, which accepted 10.6 million pounds for the player, the newspaper said. He’s ineligible to play in the Europa League because he was in the team for Twente’s losing Champions League qualifier, the Mail added.

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