The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.
Suarez to Stay
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he expects Luis Suarez to stay at the club even if the Reds fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League after receiving assurances from the Uruguay forward’s agent, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“I had a great conversation with his agent a couple of weeks ago,” the Telegraph cited Rodgers as saying. “He came in and rolled it out that he was so happy here and he was keen over the next couple of years for the club to progress.”
City tried to buy the Chile international, who also has been linked with a move to Liverpool, in 2011, the Mirror added.
City Wants Mangala
City added Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who would cost 17.5 million pounds ($26.5 million), to its list of offseason transfer targets, the Daily Mail reported.
The Premier League champion wants five new players as it seeks to overhaul its squad with Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri among those likely to leave, the Mail said. Mangala, 22, also has been watched by Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AC Milan in recent months, the newspaper added.
Tottenham will listen to offers for Emmanuel Adebayor at the end of the season after manager Andre Villas-Boas placed Brazil forward Leandro Damiao and Portugal’s Eder at the top of his list of striker targets, the Independent reported.
Spurs have tried three times to sign Damiao from Brazilian club Internacional, while Villas-Boas previously worked with Eder when he was was in charge of Portuguese team Academica during the 2009-10 season, the newspaper added.
“There’s no getting rid of me,” the newspaper cited Ferguson, 71, as telling twentyfour7 Football magazine. “I will probably become a director.”
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