The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Ronaldo’s New Deal
Cristiano Ronaldo’s new contract at Real Madrid will pay the Portuguese forward 15 million pounds ($24 million) a year after tax and before bonuses, the Daily Mail reported.
Ronaldo’s extension through 2018, which was signed yesterday, is said to be worth 850,000 pounds more annually than Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s deal with Paris Saint-Germain and makes him the world’s highest paid soccer player, the newspaper added.
Arsenal and Manchester City may try to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes after he re-stated his desire to leave the Spanish champion after this season, the Daily Star reported.
“I have spoken with the club without problems but my choice has not changed,” the Star cited Valdes as saying after Barca’s 3-2 win against Sevilla two days ago. “I am happy for this season and after, I leave.”
Adebayor Loan Option
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is willing to let striker Emmanuel Adebayor go on loan to keep him sharp and visible to potential buyers, the Daily Mirror reported.
Queens Park Rangers are said to be the most likely destination for the Togo striker, while Wigan Athletic is keen if Adebayor is prepared to move from London, the Mirror added.
Premier League referees have been warned against communicating with managers following comments by former official Mark Halsey that he was on texting terms with ex-Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, the Daily Mirror reported.
Halsey, who like Ferguson retired at the end of last season, wrote in his book “Added Time” that he contacted the Scot to ask him to speak out over allegations that fellow referee Mark Clattenburg made a racist remark to Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel in a match last year, the Mirror added.
Editor: Alex Duff