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