A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and England.
DAILY MAIL: Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has cast doubt on the Real Madrid star making an emotional return to Manchester United. Also: San Marino manager Pierangelo Manzaroli admits Thursday’s match against England is an exercise in ‘damage limitation’ but insists his side do deserve their place in the Euro 2016 qualification stage.
THE GUARDIAN: Mesut Özil has been ruled out for 10-12 weeks after an MRI scan confirmed the Arsenal midfielder has damaged knee ligaments. Also: Harry Redknapp has said he was close to signing Luis Suárez for Tottenham in 2011 but was priced out.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roy Hodgson has declared that the England dressing room is free of the kind of bullying culture that Kevin Pietersen has alleged was rife among the England cricket team during his final unhappy Ashes tour of Australia. Also: England captain Wayne Rooney could pass Jimmy Greaves’s goalscoring record total against San Marino and insists he has grown up despite United red card.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken publicly for the first time about the appointment of Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager by backing the Dutchman’s determination to “clear the decks” at Old Trafford.
DAILY STAR: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho slammed as ‘unwise and out of touch’ for racism comments. Also: Liverpool have no plans to loan out Fabio Borini, 23, despite interest in the striker from Inter Milan, Sunderland and QPR in the summer.
DAILY EXPRESS: England got off to the perfect start beating their hardest opponents Switzerland away. With San Marino and Estonia next up and a group that also contains Lithuania and Slovenia, Hodgson is looking for a perfect qualifying campaign.
DAILY MIRROR: England set to leave Wembley and go on the road again in 2017 when current contract expires. Also: Kevin Strootman Manchester United transfer ‘’is just not happening’’ insists Roma owner.
METRO: Arsenal are working on a £55m deal to bring Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 27, to the Emirates.
TALKSPORT: Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul, 28, has denied reports linking him with a move to either Lazio or Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A.