What today’s papers are saying: Saturday, January 25, 2014.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Wayne Rooney is closing in on a new £300,000-a-week contract at Manchester United after deciding to end uncertainty over his future by abandoning plans to leave. Also: Chelsea’s deals to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United for £37million and buy Mohamed Salah from Basle for £12million were driven by footballing and financial reasons agreed by a Bridge brains trust involving Roman Abramovich, Jose Mourinho and executives such as Ron Gourlay tasked with meeting UEFA’s financial fair play rules.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United will not sack David Moyes. Also: Kidderminster’s minnows are ready to tear Premier League Sunderland off a strip.
DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson last night claimed Manchester United can still win this season’s Barclays Premier League. Also: Alastair Cook is set to stay as England captain in both Test and one-day cricket after being assured by senior players here that they still feel he is the best man for the job.
DAILY MIRROR: German Julian Draxler is desperate to join Arsenal this month. Also: Manchester United boss David Moyes has made a £22.5million bid for Southampton’s teenage left-back Luke Shaw.
DAILY EXPRESS: Stuart Lancaster is already pitching to take England to the 2019 World Cup in Japan, regardless of what happens when the competition is on his doorstep next year. Also: Jose Mourinho believes Juan Mata was not clever enough to stay at Chelsea.
DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho has slammed Arsene Wenger for having another go at Chelsea. Also: Lukas Podolski eased Arsenal into the FA Cup fifth round last night with a first-half double in their 4-0 win over Coventry at the Emirates.
THE TIMES: Celebrity coaches 0, Uncles 1. For all the hoopla about the best players hiring past champions in an effort to find a distinct advantage, none are left in this first elite championship of 2014. Roger Federer followed Novak Djokovic, who followed Kei Nishikori, who followed Marin Cilic out of the Australian Open. Also: The jury is still out on whether Jose Mourinho is a changed man, but the evidence is growing that he has returned to a different club.
THE GUARDIAN: Jose Mourinho has dismissed Arsenal Wenger’s suggestion that Chelsea are manipulating the transfer market and title race by selling Juan Mata to Manchester United. Also: Do not adjust your newspaper. England have indeed won a cricket match in Australia.
THE INDEPENDENT: Jose Mourinho said yesterday that he was so convinced Chelsea were doing the right thing in selling Juan Mata that he would also have sanctioned the Spanish midfielder’s sale to title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City. Also: Following a week of uncertainty in which Alastair Cook raised the suggestion he may not continue as England’s captain, the batsman confirmed what everybody listening to him yesterday felt, that he wished to continue i the job - indeed he was “desperate” to do so.