From the Back Pages, May 13: Atletico Madrid reluctant to lose £43.5m Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann

From the back pages
From the back pages

Atletico Madrid are reluctant to sell Antoine Griezmann as they look to strengthen this summer. Chelsea want to sign the France international who has a buy-out clause set at £43.5million and agent Jorge Mendes is understood to be poised to enter negotiations on their behalf. (Daily Mail)

Andrew Strauss has revealed he asked Kevin Pietersen to help shape the future of English cricket at the same meeting at which he told the batsman the England and Wales Cricket board did not trust him enough to pick him for the England team. (The Telegraph)

Kevin Pietersen said he is “absolutely devastated” that his hopes of an international return are over as he launched a furious attack on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). (The Times)

Neymar scored twice in the opening 45 minutes to add to his first leg goal to fire Barcelona into the Champions League final, despite a tenacious fight back from Bayern Munich. (The Independent)

Steven Gerrard: I’m leaving Anfield because the BUZZ of playing for Liverpool has gone. (The Express)

Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale’s agent for accusing Real Madrid’s players of not passing to him, insisting: “It would have been better if he had kept quiet.” Meanwhile, James Rodríguez has delivered a similar message to Madrid’s fans, at least when it comes to the whistling of the captain, Iker Casillas. “If you whistle one of us, you’re whistling us all,” Rodríguez said. (The Guardian)

Jay Rodriguez has repaid Southampton for helping him back to fitness by signing a bumper four-year deal. (The Mirror)