The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Tevez Wants to Stay
Carlos Tevez, who has been exiled by Manchester City following a dispute with his manager Roberto Mancini, wants to stay in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror reported.
Tevez was suspended after Mancini said the Argentina striker refused to play during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September.
“His family are now living in England, so he’s quite happy and settled,” the paper quoted Kia Joorabchian, Tevez’s manager, as saying.
Van Criticizes City
Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart said Manchester City’s aim of winning the Premier League title may be in jeopardy because the team has “a lot of egos,” the Guardian reported the Dutchman as saying.
“I was at Real Madrid and that’s the problem when you have too many stars,” Van der Vaart said.
Van Wolfswinkel’s United Snub
Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel won’t be leaving Sporting Lisbon for Manchester United, the Daily Mail reported.
The newspaper cited the 22-year-old as saying he wants to stay in Portugal for at least two years. “I came here to win trophies and I believe I can do that here. I will not leave,” he said.
Charlton on Fergie
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will never retire from the job he has held for 25 years, the Daily Telegraph quoted club director Bobby Charlton as saying.
“He’ll go on and on and on,” Charlton said. “Absolutely. You’ll have to put up with him for a while yet.”
Balotelli’s Race Track
Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli has turned his landscaped garden into a race track for his quad bike, the Daily Mail reported.
Balotelli last month temporarily had to leave his house because of a fire which he claimed had been started by one of his friends setting off fireworks in a bathroom.