From the Back Pages, February 10: Brendan Rodgers turns up heat on Raheem Sterling and agent over new deal

From the back pages
From the back pages

Brendan Rodgers has urged Raheem Sterling’s representative, Aidy Ward, to accept “the wonderful deal” that Liverpool have offered the winger and has warned that the club will not give out contracts in excess of what they believe a player is worth. (The Times)

Nigel Pearson has blasted Match of the Day as the fallout from his clash with James McArthur rumbles on. (The Mirror)

ARSENE WENGER will welcome back Alexis Sanchez to the side as Arsenal look to bounce back from the disappointing defeat in the north London derby by beating struggling Leicester. (The Express)

Arsène Wenger is convinced that Arsenal will qualify for next season’s Champions League despite their demoralising defeat in Saturday’s north London derby. (The Telegraph)

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were joined at Real Madrid’s training ground on Monday by the club’s irate president, Florentino Perez, unhappy at a humiliating 4-0 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid and the subsequent high-profile birthday party thrown by Ronaldo. (Daily Mail)

Harry Kane: How does the Tottenham star compare to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Chicharito? (The Independent)

It is hard to see what benefit there was for either side in this first warm-up match. England gave an efficient enough display in bowling out West Indies inside 30 overs but their efficiency was enhanced by such dismal devil-may-care batting from the opposition that even the famous barracker Yabba, whose statue is a lone figure in the front row of the Sydney Cricket Ground’s empty Victor Trumper stand, might have wondered if it was worth bothering to shout an insult. (The Guardian)