Nani Plans Manchester Utd. Exit at End of Season: Soccer Roundup

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

Nani Eyes Exit

Nani is planning to leave Manchester United at the end of the season after losing patience with negotiations over a new contract, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The 25-year-old Portuguese winger and club are said to be a “sizable distance” apart on salary figures as they try to reach an agreement on an extension to a contract that expires in June 2014, the newspaper said.

Back to Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers are set to appoint former defender Henning Berg as manager after moves for big-name candidates including Diego Maradona came to nothing, the Daily Mirror reported.

Berg, a 43-year-old Norwegian who had two spells as a player with Rovers, has met with club officials and agreed a deal, the Mirror added.

Isco Interest

Spanish club Malaga is trying to sign midfielder Isco to a new contract that will increase his buy-out clause to 30 million pounds ($48.2 million) from 17 million pounds amid interest from Manchester City and Real Madrid, the Sun reported.

City’s newly appointed director of football Txiki Begiristain already recommended Isco, 20, while manager Roberto Mancini watched him play against Atletico Madrid this month, the newspaper added.

Sterling Future

Jamaican soccer officials will try to convince Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling that he should commit his international future to the Caribbean nation of his birth rather than England, the Daily Mail reported.

“Based on the FIFA rules Raheem is still eligible for us,” the Mail cited Jamaica Football Federation President Horace Burrell as saying. “We think it is worthwhile to speak.”

Midfielder Monitored

Manchester United is monitoring Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender and had scouts watch the 23-year-old in Bundesliga and international matches, the Daily Mail reported.

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