From the back pages, March 1: Luis Suárez will stay, insists Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers expects Luis Suárez still to be at Liverpool next season even if they fail to qualify for Europe, after receiving assurances from the forward’s agent that his client is happy at the club. (The Times)

Chelsea have decided not to confiscate supporters’ anti-Rafa Benitez banners brought to Saturday’s Premier League home game against West Bromwich Albion, which promises to be yet another combustible occasion as feelings run high among fans. (The Independent)

Six Nations 2013: England coach Stuart Lancaster gives Owen Farrell just ‘50-50’ chance of making Italy clash. Stuart Lancaster is bracing himself for the loss of fly-half Owen Farrell for the RBS Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham a week on Sunday. (The Telegraph)

Alex Ferguson wants to become a director at Manchester United when he quits management. The Red Devils boss, 71, is determined to stay after initially saying he would step away. Fergie insisted: “There’s no getting rid of me. I will probably become a director.” (The Sun)

BSkyB is understood to be one of several potential backers in renewed talks about a new world cycling series. (The Guardian)

Wayne Rooney reckons home comforts can help push Manchester United towards another Treble. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have four games in a row at Old Trafford as they set their sights on emulating the club’s heroes of 1999 by capturing the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. United host Norwich on Saturday, Real Madrid in the decisive leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday, Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals the following Sunday, followed by Reading in the Premier League on March 16.. (The Mirror)

Manchester City have added Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala to their list of transfer targets for the summer. The 22-year-old has been watched by Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AC Milan in recent months after a series of impressive performances while Arsenal have also followed his progress. (The Mirror)

Gareth Bale has praised the tactical acumen of Andre Villas-Boas, which he believes is underpinning Tottenham’s push for the Champions League. (The Independent)