The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Beckham to Stay?
Paris Saint-Germain wants David Beckham, who joined the club on a five-month contract at the end of January, to stay for another season, the Daily Mirror reported, citing PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi.
“Recruiting David was one of my best decisions,” the newspaper cited Al Khelaifi as saying. “Everyone loves it and we will talk with him. Whatever his decision, we support David. He is very happy in Paris. We want to keep him next season.”
Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz, who’s been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, could leave Galatasaray for about 10 million pounds ($15.2 million) in the offseason, the Daily Express reported.
Yilmaz, 27, is the joint top scorer in the Champions League with eight goals this season and has scored 18 in the Turkish first division, the newspaper added.
Martin O’Neill may be offered a quick return to soccer management after Neil Warnock parted company with Leeds United, the Daily Telegraph reported.
O’Neill, who was fired by Sunderland three days ago, has been identified as a leading contender for the Leeds job and the club’s board is preparing to make an approach, with former Bolton manager Owen Coyle also emerging as a candidate, the newspaper added.
Pressure to Sell
Samir Nasri said in a television interview that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was forced to sell him to Manchester City in 2011 because of pressure from club owner Stan Kroenke, the Guardian reported.
“Wenger told me that, if Cesc (Fabregas) left, I would stay, but Kroenke wanted the money,” the Guardian cited Nasri as telling French TV station beIN Sport. “I had only one year left so I decided to leave.”
The French midfielder, for whom City paid Arsenal 24 million pounds, also rejected City manager Roberto Mancini’s suggestion that Nasri has been training at only 50 percent this season, the newspaper added.