From the Back Pages, December 24: Louis van Gaal refuses to discuss reports Manchester United will offer £120m to bring Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale to Old Trafford

From the back pages
From the back pages

Louis van Gaal has refused to speculate on claims that Gareth Bale is subject to interest from Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has boldly claimed that his team can create history in English football this season by winning an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies. (The Telegraph)

SOUTHAMPTON have made their first signing of the January transfer window after agreeing a deal for Dutch winger Eljero Elia. (Express)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested that a lavish public endorsement from his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson has put him under pressure to deliver results for the club. (The Independent)

The wife of Clarke Carlisle said the former Professional Footballers’ Association chairman is stable in hospital after being involved in a collision with a lorry in North Yorkshire. (The Guardian)

Shane Watson was left ‘shaken’ after being struck on the head by a bouncer from team-mate James Pattinson in nets practice. (The Mirror)

Dylan Hartley, the Northampton Saints captain, will be available for England’s RBS Six Nations Championship campaign after he received a three-week ban for being sent off in the Aviva Premiership derby against Leicester Tigers on Saturday. (The Times)