From the back pages, February 28: Chelsea fans with an agenda have forced me out, and Roman didn’t help by making me just an interim manager! Furious Rafa finally cracks...

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

A furious Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season. The interim Chelsea manager blasted the fans for their negative attitude towards him and told them to support the team. (Daily Mail)

Middlesborough 0, Chelsea 2: Goals from Fernando Torres and Victor Moses gave Chelsea safe passage into the next round of the FA Cup, where they will face Mannchester United. (The Telegraph)

David Beckham pulled the strings for PSG in midfield and showed his worth as a starter in the 2-0 French Cup victory. (The Guardian)

Manchester City are exploring the establishment of partner clubs on three continents as part of the commercial revolution needed to smash into football’s world elite. (The Independent)

Manchester United’s determination to keep Wayne Rooney is likely to be tested this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain giving serious consideration to making an audacious move for the England striker. (The Times)

Arsenal will pay homage to legend Dennis Bergkamp by placing a statue of him outside the Emirates Stadium. (The Express)

Robin Van Persie is Sun readers’ stand-out choice for Player of the Year — NOT Gareth Bale. Tottenham ace Bale is in the running to add a second PFA gong to his collection after a string of superb displays in the last month. (The Sun)

From panic to poise: Ian Bell reflects on warm-up century in New Zealand. England batsman looks back on his warm-up century against a New Zealand XI, and how a near-slip-up helped him settle into his three-figure innings. (The Mirror)