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Mourinho Interested in Returning to England, Sun Says: Roundup

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

Mourinho’s Return

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says he wants to return to England, where he led Chelsea to two Premier League titles, the Sun said.

Mourinho moved to Spain from Inter Milan this season, but isn’t getting along with Real Madrid executives, and refused to say where he’ll be there next year, the newspaper said.

“I’ve decided to return to England,” Mourinho said. “I have nothing prepared about my future, I just want to be happy in my work. I have no preferences about Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea.”

Chelsea Snag

Chelsea’s bid for Benfica defender David Luiz hit a snag as the Portuguese club demanded more of the 25.5 million-pounds ($40.6 million) fee upfront, the Guardian said.

While Chelsea made such payments early in the ownership of Roman Abramovich, the club is more fiscally conservative now and is balking, the newspaper said. Benfica needs the cash to buy another defender, the Guardian said.

The Brazilian has agreed to a 45,000-pound-a-week contract that runs through 2015, and has gotten a U.K. work permit, the newspaper said.

Deadline

Liverpool has until Jan. 29 to make an offer for Ajax striker Luis Suarez or the Dutch club will end talks, the Telegraph said.

Suarez wants to move to England, but Ajax wants 30 million pounds and Liverpool has offered £12.7 million, a bid called “disrespectful” by the Dutch team, the newspaper said.

Ajax manager Frank de Boer has given Liverpool the ultimatum, the Telegraph said.

Arshavin’s Slump

Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin says indecision is responsible for his recent slump, the Sun said.

The 29-year-old, who’s been linked with a return to Russia, has only started one game since December, and may have lost some of his speed, the newspaper said.

Arshavin said he no longer is sure what to do when he gets the ball, either try to trick his way past an opponent or pass to a teammate, the newspaper said.

Holloway’s Slice

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway will get a percentage of any sale price for midfielder Charlie Adam, who’s being targeted by Liverpool, the Sun said.

The coach wouldn’t reveal his slice of the fee, but said that’s not why he’s holding out for 12 million pounds, the newspaper said. Blackpool has rejected offers from Birmingham and Aston Villa, and Holloway called Liverpool’s 4 million pound offer “disgraceful.”

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