Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has all but turned his back on a rumoured move to Premiership rivals Manchester City, saying he wants to stay at Anfield. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Swansea City are also among today’s national newspaper headlines
THE SUN: Defiant Brendan Rodgers has told Manchester City: Luis Suarez is not for sale. Also: Danny Welbeck hit a £30,000 jackpot after grabbing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shirt.
DAILY STAR: Wayne Rooney has been urged to become the English Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Also: Petr Cech has urged the FA to hurry up and get the Mark Clattenburg case sorted.
DAILY MIRROR: Brendan Rodgers last night came out fighting over Luis Suarez and warned Roberto Mancini: “He’s staying here.” Also: Patrice Evra has claimed that Mario Balotelli wants to leave title rivals Manchester City and return to Italy.
DAILY EXPRESS: Roy Hodgson has underlined his faith in Wayne Rooney by claiming the striker can be England’s answer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Also: Luis Suarez last night all but turned his back on any interest from Manchester City by talking of his desire to stay at Liverpool “for as many years as I can”.
DAILY MAIL: Roman Abramovich is ready to concede his £50million gamble on Fernando Torres has failed and step up his pursuit of Colombia sensation Radamel Falcao. Also: Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez will not be sold in January but admitted that Liverpool must accept they are now the hunted rather than hunters.
THE GUARDIAN: Brendan Rodgers has dismissed the possibility of Liverpool selling Luis Suarez to Manchester City in January, insisting the striker is happy at the club and will not be made available at any price. Also: Andre Villas-Boas hopes that Emmanuel Adebayor’s determination to prove his point to a former employer can offer Tottenham Hotspur an edge in Saturday’s north London derby at Arsenal.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chris Ashton revealed yesterday that he walked out of Twickenham after only an hour of England’s victory against Fiji last weekend and drove home to St Albans because he could not bear to watch so many try-scoring opportunities being created without him. Also: Somewhere in India - a textile mill in Ahmedabad or a tanning factory in Kanpur - there must have been a teaboy, new to the job, who got harried and bullied yesterday by excessive demands. But it is hard to think that anyone else in the country had a tougher first day in the office than Alastair Cook.
THE INDEPENDENT: Andre Villas-Boas wants to use Emmanuel Adebayor’s bitter history with Arsenal to spark Tottenham in tomorrow’s potentially explosive north London derby at the Emirates. Also: Sixty minutes of one-sided rugby was just about all Fijian flesh and blood could stand at Twickenham last weekend, but the outclassed tourists from the South Seas were not the only ones who felt they could take no more as Charlie Sharples stretched England’s lead to 42-5 with a quarter of the game left to play. Chris Ashton, the man forced to make way for Sharples after another of his regular brushes with the disciplinary class, had also seen enough.
THE TIMES: Brendan Rodgers insisted yesterday that Luis Suarez is not for sale at any price, but the Liverpool manager has told Stewart Downing that he will be made available for transfer in January. Also: Newcastle United will find out today whether Papiss Cisse will be available for this weekend’s home against Swansea City after Senegal threatened to invoke the five-day ruling over the centre-forward.