Manchester United May Sell Nemanja Vidic, Mail Reports: Soccer Roundup

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

Vidic’s Future

Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson may sell defender Nemanja Vidic to Real Madrid after the season as he tries to strengthen his back four, the Daily Mail said.

While United’s younger defenders, including Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, are still developing, Ferguson thinks Real may bid enough for him to bring in a replacement, the newspaper said.

Ferguson isn’t convinced that the Serbian is committed to United, and has been underwhelmed by his performances this year, the Mail said.

England’s Faded

England coach Fabio Capello said the national team has struggled because only about a third of players in the Premier League qualify to be in the squad, the Sun said.

The manager said England is no longer one of the top teams, saying “that time is past.” England doesn’t have the talent to play soccer in the same style as world and European champions Spain, he said.

Kean’s Contract

Blackburn manager Steve Kean, under pressure from fans to leave, signed a new long-term contract, the Daily Mirror said.

The 44-year-old was already signed through 2013 and the club’s Indian owners have extended it and improved the terms, the newspaper said.

Blackburn supporters have marched in protest against Kean and hired an airplane to buzz the stadium during last weekend’s loss to Chelsea, the Mirror said.

Everton Talks

Everton Chief Executive Officer Robert Elstone said the club is still talking to potential buyers, the Guardian said.

Indian construction company Jain met with officials for informal talks, the newspaper said. Elstone said he wanted to find an owner “with the right motives,” and that the asking price wasn’t an issue.

He said the club spends about 85 pence of every pound on players, coaches and other support staff at the training ground and academy. The remainder pays the rest of the club’s bills, the newspaper said.

Tevez Fine

Manchester City will fine Carlos Tevez another 400,000 pounds ($636,800) after the striker flew back to Argentina without permission, the Mirror said.

Tevez asked club executives and coaches if he could return to South America, and was turned down, yet he went anyway, the newspaper said. He was suspended and fined earlier this season after coach Roberto Mancini alleged he refused to enter a Champions League match as a substitute.

He was fined 400,000 pounds, or two week’s wages, after the earlier incident, which City later said involved him refusing to warm up, the Mirror said.

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