From the back pages, May 23: Chelsea in pole position to land £80m Ronaldo after former Real president Calderon dismisses United return

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Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has raised the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo following Jose Mourinho to Chelsea... after dismissing Manchester United’s chances of re-signing the Portuguese star. (Daily Mail)

Outgoing Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is the latest name to be considered to replace Carlo Ancelotti in the PSG hot seat. (Express)

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he will leave Malaga at the end of the season - with Manchester City his next stop. (The Mirror)

JOSE MOURINHO may be closing in on his second coming at Chelsea. But the real Special One is off to Old Trafford. When Alex Ferguson shocked the world by calling it a day, there were plenty of Manchester United fans who felt Mourinho was the only man big enough to fill his boots. Yet in David Moyes, United’s top brass have gone for a man with his own brand of stardust. And Phil Neville, who has spent longer playing under both Fergie and his replacement than anyone in football, reckons the Red Devils could not have made a better choice. (The Sun)

This is fast becoming an annus horribilis for the British racing community. Already consumed by scandals over steroids and cocaine, it was obliged to confront iniquities that seemed no less distressing for being more familiar. For the career of one of its most felicitous talents, Eddie Ahern, appears to lie in ruins after he became arguably the most prominent rider to be found guilty of corruption since Graham Bradley and was banned from racing for 10 years. His counsel was quick to indicate an intention to appeal. (The Independent)

Wagner vows to prey on batsmen’s nerves. The New Zealand bowlers have admitted they will try to exploit the pre-Ashes nerves of the England batsmen when the second Test begins at Headingley Carnegie on Friday. (The Times)

Sergio García has escaped punishment for what could be construed as a racist remark about Tiger Woods after offering an unreserved apology for his “stupid and out of place” comment at the European Tour’s annual awards ceremony. (The Guardian)