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Chelsea Makes Terry Wait on Contract, Telegraph Says: Roundup

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

Captain Waits

Chelsea will make captain John Terry wait until after the season before opening talks on extending his contract, which runs out in 18 months, the Daily Telegraph said.

The 32-year-old defender’s season has been disrupted by a four-match suspension for racially abusing an opponent and by a knee injury, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reviewing older players’ contracts on an individual basis, the newspaper said.

Chelsea players over 30 are being offered one-year extensions, and it’s unlikely that Terry will be treated differently, the newspaper said.

Wanyama Wanted

Arsenal is considering a bid for Celtic midfielder Victo Wanyama, who may cost more than 10 million pounds ($15.9 million), the Independent said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to rebalance the midfield after the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona, the newspaper said. The coach is attracted by the low wages paid to Wanyama, 21, who has declined to extend his contract beyond 2015 with Celtic, the Independent said.

QPR Shopping

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie is demanding his club allow him to start talks with Queens Park Rangers, who have offered the 31-year-old an increase on his 40,000-pound-a-week pay as well as a bonus should the London team remain in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror said.

Odemwingie may put in a transfer request should West Brom stop him from talking to QPR, the newspaper said.

Goalkeeper Hunt

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is looking for a new goalkeeper after becoming frustrated by David de Gea’s mistakes, the Telegraph said.

The 22-year-old let up a goal in injury time at Tottenham that allowed Spurs to tie the match at 1-1 last weekend. While Ferguson has considered other Premier League players, including Stoke’s Asmir Begovic, the coach will look at Barcelona’s Victor Valdes, who has declined to sign an extension with the Spanish club, the newspaper said.

Mario’s Staying

Manchester City won’t sell striker Mario Balotelli to AC Milan during the January transfer window, his agent said, according to the Daily Mail.

Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, said the defending champions don’t want to sell the Italian, and said the striker might choose “a different destination,” the newspaper said.

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