From the back pages, May 16: Ivanovic pounces in the 93RD MINUTE to snatch Europa League glory for Blues in Amsterdam

From the back pages
From the back pages

Branislav Ivanovic headed home from a corner in injury time to secure the Europa League for Chelsea in dramatic fashion after a 2-1 win over Benfica in Amsterdam. Fernando Torres earlier gave Chelsea the lead just before the hour mark when he brushed off Luisao and rounded goalkeeper Artur Moraes before tapping into the empty net to send the Blues travelling support into raptures. (Daily Mail)

Wayne Rooney has been linked with a shock move to Newcastle - by a sports news agency owned by Magpies owner Mike Ashley. (The Independent)

If Wayne Rooney’s time at Manchester United really is coming to a close, it seems that Bayern Munich can be struck from his list of potential destinations. Stories have circulated in the German media that England’s premier attacker might have been an object of some interest for the Bundesliga champions. That is, though, a possibility that can be pretty much ruled out after Bayern’s sporting director, Matthias Sammer, confirmed in the bluntest terms that the club have no interest in signing him. (The Guardian)

Roberto Mancini’s former kitman took to Twitter to launch an amazing attack on the sacked Manchester City boss. Stephen Aziz — who left the Etihad earlier this season — alleged the Italian was ‘arrogant, vain, self-centred and ignorant’. (The Sun)

To some, it might seem unusual that Rio Ferdinand, 34 years old and almost two years since his last appearance for England, felt the need to retire from international football. But Ferdinand’s statement this morning, issued via the FA’s official website, felt, for him and one suspects also for Roy Hodgson, like the necessary drawing of a line in the sand. (The Times)

Andy Murray was struck with the birthday blues again and retired from his second-round match against Marcel Granollers at the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome today. (The Mirror)

Manchester City have been given a boost in their encouragement to land Fernandinho. The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has already indicated his desire to join the City revolution as he looks to test himself at a higher level. (The Express)