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From the back pages, February 12: Chelsea are trying to ‘break me mentally’ says Florent Malouda

Chelsea exile Florent Malouda has spoken out about his ongoing dispute with Chelsea. The France international has been excluded from the Blues’ 25-man Premier League squad for the rest of the current campaign, and has been training with the under-21 team for most of the season. (The Independent)

Chelsea poised to miss out on another target as Jürgen Klopp says he will “definitely stay” at Borussia Dortmund until 2016. (The Telegraph)

Roberto Mancini has vowed to make widespread changes for Manchester City’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Leeds United on Sunday as the rift between him and his squad widens. Relations between the Manchester City manager and his players hit a new low after the Barclays Premier League champions’ abject 3-1 defeat away to Southampton on Saturday, when the Italian left St Mary’s Stadium without speaking to his team. (The Times)

Joey Barton has launched a Twitter attack on the ground-swell of support for Paul Gascoigne’s ongoing fight against alcoholism, claiming “the audacity of some people makes my stomach churn.” (The Mirror)

Cristiano Ronaldo is a “bully”, according to Gary Neville. The former Manchester United defender reckons the Portuguese superstar targets the weak link in opposing defences and preys on their frailties. (The Sun)

Gareth McAuley headed home a corner 10 minutes from time as West Brom earned a priceless 2-0 win at Anfield against a toothless Liverpool side.The Reds were on top for much of the game but couldn’t find a way past Ben Foster, who saved a Steven Gerrard penalty, on a frustrating night for the home side at Anfield. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid trying to thrash out a bid for Spurs’ superstar Gareth Bale. The winger has been on Real’s radar for a long time but have been unable to land him in previous windows. (The Express)

 

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