From the Back Pages, December 14: José Mourinho preparing to agree new contract with ‘happy’ John Terry

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José Mourinho has delivered a clear hint that John Terry will be offered the chance to extend his stay at Chelsea by reinforcing his belief that the 34-year-old remains unaffected by his advancing years while restating the centre back’s continuing importance to his team. (The Times)

BRENDAN RODGERS believes no one could do a better job than him at Liverpool and insists he remains the best man to lead the club forward. (The Express)

Liverpool have tonight announced that Mario Balotelli will not contest his Football Association misconduct charge for re-communicating a message which included an anti-Semitic message, on Instagram. (The Independent)

Dejan Lovren faces an uncertain future at Liverpool - just six months after his £20million arrival. (The Mirror)

Roy Keane and Gabriel Agbonlahor almost came to blows in an explosive training ground bust-up that hastened the Irishman’s shock departure from Aston Villa. (Daily Mail)

Fevered debate as to when precisely Ally McCoist will vacate office as the Rangers manager will be matched only by that over whether his tenure can be deemed a success following the tendering of his resignation. (The Guardian)

Arsène Wenger has urged Arsenal’s fans to focus their energy on supporting the team against Newcastle United. (The Telegraph)