Crucial contract extend at Chesterfield FC ... here’s a round-up of today’s top football rumours and backpage stories:
Jimmy Ryan has ended speculation around his own future by signing a one year contract extension at Chesterfield. Full story: DerbyshireTimes
When Jimmy Ryan signed an initial 12 month contract in the summer of 2013 when he joined the club it was a agreed that after making a set number of appearances that his contract would be extended. Full story: VitalChesterfield
Chesterfield midfielder Jimmy Ryan has agreed a one-year contract extension until the end of next season. Full story: BBC
Sheffield United’s Clough reveals his respect for Michael’s methods. Full story: TheStar
Sheffield United are confident of bolstering their attacking options before Saturday’s game against Bradford City. Full story: TheStar
Stuart Gray believes that class told in the end as Wednesday beat Macclesfield 4-1 in their FA Cup third round replay. Full story: TheStar
Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager, insists chairman Milan Madaric will have to make a decision about his future if he keeps winning games. Full story: Telegraph
WE have seen only a 25-minute cameo from Patrick Bamford since his arrival on loan from Chelsea but Derby County are confident the youngster ticks all the boxes. Full story: DerbyTelegraph
STRIKER Conor Sammon is still a big part of Derby County’s plans, says first-team coach Paul Simpson. Full story: DerbyTelegraph
www.dailytelegraph.co.uk: Barcelona have admitted a company owned by Neymar’s parents received more than 70 per cent of the near £50million transfer fee that brought the player to the Nou Camp.
www.theindependent.co.uk: Manchester United’s former prodigy Paul Pogba feels such a deep grievance about the way he was treated by Sir Alex Ferguson that he has ruled out any notion of returning to Old Trafford, to provide the midfield quality which manager David Moyes is lacking.
www.theguardian.co.uk: Everton are hopeful of ending the uncertainty of Leighton Baines’ future, and with it David Moyes’ interest in a reunion with the left-back at Manchester United, by securing the England international on a new long-term contract. Also: The Hull City owner, Assem Allam, has threatened to walk away from the club if the Football Association refuses to grant his application to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers.
www.thetimes.co.uk: Assem Allam, the Hull City chairman, has threatened to walk out on the club if his controversial attempt to rename them ‘Hull Tigers’ is blocked by the Football Association or the supporters.
www.dailymirror.co.uk: Arsene Wenger is trying to do a £35million deal for German whiz-kid Julian Draxler - to turn him into the next Robin van Persie. Also: Hull City owner Assem Allam has threatened to walk out on the Tigers within 24 hours if the FA rejects his proposed change to the club’s name.
www.thesun.co.uk: Jose Mourinho has told veterans John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole he wants them to stay at Chelsea. Also: Southampton face meltdown as the mastermind behind their resurrection prepares to quit.
www.dailystar.co.uk: David Moyes is set for more transfer embarrassment with Paul Pogba ready to snub an amazing £40m return to Manchester United. Also: Newcastle star Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has apologised to Samir Nasri for almost kicking him out of the World Cup.
www.dailyexpress.co.uk: Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero’s return will only strengthen Manchester City’s bid to pull off football’s mission impossible - an unprecedented ‘Quadruple’.
www.dailymail.co.uk: Jose Mourinho has started the mind games with David Moyes by claiming he has ‘inside information’ on Manchester United’s struggles under their new manager. Also: Arsenal are ready to splash out £37million on the German wonderkid they believe can be the next Robin van Persie.