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Rafa Benitez in training ground bust-up

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

A round-up of sports and football stories from the UK newspapers and websites including news from Swansea, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Real Madrid, Southampton and Manchester United.

DAILY MAIL: Rafa Benitez was involved in a training ground bust-up with Chelsea’s shell-shocked squad yesterday. Also: John Toshack last night confirmed that Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is a top candidate to succeed Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Aston Villa attacker Andreas Weimann, 21, has rejected a four-year contract extension as he was unhappy with the terms on offer.

THE TIMES: Arsenal can still automatically qualify for the Champions League, according to Arsene Wenger, who has claimed that Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are “not out of reach”.

THE GUARDIAN: On a night when West Ham remembered Bobby Moore they could not achieve the victory that would have served as the perfect tribute to their legendary captain, and it was another legend in the making that made the difference. Also: Michael Laudrup has said he is flattered to be linked with a return to Real Madrid but intends to honour his Swansea City contract and remain with the League Cup winners next season.

THE SUN: Andre Villas-Boas and Sam Allardyce both hailed Gareth Bail as world class. Also: The Gunners are also chasing Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Sebastian Rode, 22, who will cost them £7.5m.

DAILY MIRROR: Gareth Bale smashed home another wonder strike to lift Tottenham into third place in the Premier League. Also: Chelsea are in talks to pay £10m for 17-year-old left-back Luke Shaw in the summer and immediately loan him back to Southampton.

THE INDEPENDENT: West Ham United marked the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary captain Bobby Moore last night with a series of gestures aiming to celebrate their greatest ever player and raise money for the cancer research fund named after him.

DAILY EXPRESS: Arsenal are under fresh pressure to spend big in the summer after revealing cash reserves of £123.3m on Monday.

DAILY STAR: Manchester United are hoping a breakdown in contract talks between forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, and Real Madrid will open a door for the Premier League club to bring the Portuguese star back to Old Trafford.

 

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