A round up of the sporting headlines including news from Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid.
THE SUN: Mario Balotelli is on his way out of Manchester City after partying 12 hours before Sunday’s game. Also: Wilfried Zaha celebrated his England call-up with the news he is a target for Real Madrid.
THE INDEPENDENT: Mario Balotelli does not want to leave Manchester City, despite a struggle to make a lasting impact at the club, which saw him dropped from the squad for Sunday’s win over Tottenham. Also: The Crystal Palace prodigy Wilfried Zaha has turned down the Ivory Coast’s invitation to join their squad for January’s African Cup of Nations in January, with the Football Association increasingly confident that he will now commit his future to England having been called up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for tomorrow’s friendly against Sweden.
DAILY MAIL: Wilfried Zaha is refusing to commit himself to England, even though he is expected to make his debut in Sweden tomorrow night. Also: Daniel Sturridge is rarely accused of lacking confidence but the last few months at Chelsea have started to sap even his sizeable reserves of self-belief.
DAILY STAR: Chelsea captain John Terry last night found out he could be back from injury before Christmas. Also: Steven Gerrard has been given the green light to win his 100th cap for England... England were warned last night that Wilfried Zaha could still turn his back on them to play for the Ivory Coast.
DAILY MIRROR: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is keeping tabs on England wonderboy Wilfried Zaha. Also: John Terry could be out until Christmas despite escaping serious knee ligament damage.
THE GUARDIAN: Premier League clubs are in for a huge hike in television income from next season, with revenue from domestic and global TV rights deals on course to top £5bn by the time the final overseas contracts are tied up next month. Also: John Terry may be out for only a fortnight after initial scans on his damaged right knee suggested he sustained no significant damage during Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Australia have signalled their intent to respond to their humbling defeat in France by mounting a ferocious backlash at Twickenham on Saturday, with England’s “pretty wingers” firmly in their sights. Also: Mike Phillips, controversially dropped for Wales’ defeat in Argentina, is in line to return to the team to face Samoa on Friday.
DAILY EXPRESS: Ian Holloway says that Wilfried Zaha has all it takes to become a world-beater. Also: Tom Ince has revealed the appalling racist abuse England’s Under-21 players suffered in Serbia last month left them “frightened and scared”.
THE TIMES: Chelsea have been boosted by confirmation that John Terry’s knee injury will rule him out for “a matter of weeks, not months”. Also: Once the initial surprise caused by his first England call-up had subsided, Leon Osman began to reflect on what being involved in international football might mean for him.