From the Back Pages, July 30: Former Birmingham player Chucho dies, aged 27

From the back pages
From the back pages

FORMER Birmingham striker Christian Benitez has died at the age of 27.

The Ecuador international, known as Chucho, suffered a cardiac arrest after he was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pain. Benitez only last month joined Middle Eastern club El Jaish for £10million. He had been a summer transfer target for Tottenham and was on loan at St Andrew’s in 2009-10. The Sun

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge in some capacity as a player or coach. Drogba, who has a year left to run on his contract at Galatasaray, was a fans’ favourite when he plied his trade with the Blues and scored the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. The 35-year-old enjoyed an eight-year spell with the Blues and Mourinho has hinted he would like to re-unite with him again. Daily Express

MANCHESTER UNITED will ramp up the pressure on Everton if they decide to sell their star centre-back Patrice Evra. According to Alexander Buttner’s agent, David Moyes will move for the England international Leighton Baines if a suitable deal comes in for the Frenchman. Daily Star