The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
The 22-year-old is Chelsea’s top-scoring forward with 10 goals this season but is unhappy at being used as a right wing, the Mail said. He’s expected to remain in the role with players such as Hulk and Edinson Cavani on the Blues’ shopping list, the newspaper said.
Sturridge also wants an improved contract and Chelsea is balking as his current deal has 2 1/2 years remaining, the Mail said.
Falcao for Torres?
Torres has scored just five times since his 50 million- pound ($79.5 million) move last year and is ready to spend big again on Falcao, who set a Europa League record last season with 17 goals for Porto, the Star said.
Capello was told of the decision to drop Terry, who faces a July trial for alleged racial abuse against QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, by telephone. He was critical of the move on Italian television over the weekend and believes he’s been undermined by the F.A. to the point he’s considering quitting, the Mirror said.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Patrice Evra will be expected to shake hands before this weekend’s match after the F.A. decided not to do away with the pre-match ritual, the Daily Express said.
It will be the pair’s first meeting since Suarez’s eight- game ban for racially abusing Evra in an October match. The F.A. scrapped the handshake before the recent F.A. Cup game between Chelsea and QPR to defuse any tensions between Terry and Ferdinand.
Aston Villa fans will protest before this weekend’s game against Manchester City and call for the removal of manager Alex McLeish, the Mirror said.
Villa is in 13th place with just 6 wins from 24 league matches and fans don’t think McLeish, who joined from rival Birmingham last summer, is the man to lead the club, the Mirror said.