The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Scholes to Re-sign
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, who had hinted that he may retire at the end of the season, told manager Alex Ferguson that he’ll sign a new one-year deal, the Sun reported.
Ferguson has convinced Scholes, 36, that he has a vital role to play even after being limited to 11 Premier League starts this campaign, the newspaper added.
Barcelona President Sandro Rosell called Arsenal “immoral” after the Premier League club signed midfielder Jon Toral, 16, from the Spanish champion’s youth academy, the Independent reported. Barcelona, which isn’t allowed to sign 16-year-olds to professional contracts, will receive a fee of 350,000 pounds ($568,225) for Toral, the newspaper said.
“For us, it is important that we keep these youngsters who grow up in La Masia,” the Independent cited Rosell as telling Catalan television last night. “Now they come with money and take the players. Legally they have done nothing wrong but we told them it was immoral.”
Zhirkov’s Quit Threat
Yuri Zhirkov is contemplating leaving Chelsea if he fails to secure a regular first-team place by the end of the season, the Sun reported.
The Russia wing-back, who joined the Premier League champion from CSKA Moscow in July 2009 for 18 million pounds, was quoted as saying that he “will start thinking of other possibilities” if he fails to bed down a starting spot.
Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa has been lined up for a 10 million-pound offseason move to Italy’s Juventus and Blues winger Florent Malouda is wanted by Spanish club Hercules, the Mail reported.
Even though Chelsea is still in the Champions League, the squad is set for an overhaul after a disappointing domestic campaign and Bosingwa is likely to be allowed to leave, the newspaper said. Hercules is prepared to offer Chelsea 7 million pounds for French winger Malouda, the Mail added.
Manchester City may have just 16 senior players available for today’s Europa League return match against Greek team Aris Salonika, the Independent reported.
City manager Roberto Mancini said that goalkeeper Shay Given will miss three months with a shoulder injury sustained before last week’s scoreless draw in Greece, the newspaper added. He’ll also be without Micah Richards and James Milner, while Adam Johnson faces another two months out with an ankle injury, the Independent said.