The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester United is prepared to wait for Wayne Rooney to make the first move before negotiations over a new contract even after his strong start to the season, the Times reported.
The club’s hierarchy believes that it should hold off until Rooney has indicated that he’s ready to discuss terms after his unsettled offseason when he tried to engineer a move to Chelsea, the newspaper added.
Rooney also is happy to play a waiting game, according to the Sun, which added that United is confident of tying the England forward to a new four-year agreement.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas said he would like to return to Arsenal as a coach when he retires from playing, the Guardian reported.
“The club’s like a family so even if it wasn’t as a coach, I’m sure they’d give me the chance to play a role,” the newspaper cited Fabregas as saying. “It’s a club that is always going to be there and will always open its doors to me.”
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, who said he was subjected to racist chants by some CSKA Moscow supporters in a Champions League match two days ago, warned that Russia may face a 2018 World Cup boycott by players unless it does more to stamp out racism, the Daily Mail reported.
“They need to sort it out before the World Cup,” the Mail cited the Ivory Coast midfielder as saying. “Otherwise, if we are not confident coming to the World Cup in Russia, we don’t come.”
Jorginho in Demand
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are vying with Inter Milan to sign Verona midfielder Jorginho, the Daily Star reported.
Brazil-born Jorginho, 21, was watched by representatives of Arsenal and Chelsea in Verona’s 3-2 win against Parma five days ago, when he scored two goals to help lift his team to fourth place in Italy’s Serie A, the newspaper added.