The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester United expects manager David Moyes to soothe striker Wayne Rooney’s grievances with the club and open contract-extension talks with the striker later this season, the Independent reported.
The 27-year-old, who scored his 200th goal for the Red Devils in this week’s Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen, is still upset over a failed move to Chelsea during the offseason, the newspaper added.
Tottenham Hotspur will face competition from Juventus and Napoli if it tries to sign Chelsea’s Juan Mata when the January transfer window opens, the Daily Express reported.
The 25-year-old Spanish midfielder has been benched by Blues manager Jose Mourinho for much of the season, including last night’s Champions League loss to Basel. A continued lack of regular starts may affect his chances of playing an important role for his country at next year’s World Cup, the newspaper said.
Bale’s Adidas Deal
Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive player, is close to signing an extension to his contract with sportswear manufacturer Adidas AG, the Daily Mail reported. Adidas wants to keep the Welshman away from rival Nike Inc., which has Bale’s teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as its poster boy, the newspaper added.
Bale joined Real Madrid on Sept. 1 for a reported world-record fee of about 85 million pounds ($137 million) from Tottenham.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez may play against Manchester United in his first match since serving a 10-match ban for biting an opponent, the Daily Mirror reported.
The teams meet on Sept. 25 in a League Cup game at Old Trafford. Suarez was found to have racially abused United defender Patrice Evra in 2011.