From the Back Pages, Tuesday April 9 - Gareth Bale to go to Real Madrid?
REAL MADRID are set to up their efforts to sign Tottenham’s Welsh wizard Gareth Bale in a £50million deal. Madrid chiefs are looking into the possibility of signing Bale after Gonzalo Higuain yesterday fuelled further speculation linking him with a move away from the Bernabeu. The Spanish giants are also interested in bringing Sergio Aguero back to Spain - and they could offer up to £40million for the Manchester City frontman. (Daily Express)
ROBERTO Mancini vowed Manchester City can reclaim the Premier League title after a Sergio Aguero wondergoal clinched the derby at Old Trafford... albeit next season. Aguero came off the bench to score a magnificent solo goal in the 78th minute in a 2-1 win that trims Manchester United’s lead over City to 12 points with seven games to go. Despite the win at Old Trafford, Mancini - whose men won the title from eight points back with six to play a year ago - maintained the title race is over, but said City can be crowned champions again in 2013-14 and will NEVER trail United by such a huge margin again. (Daily Mirror)
JERMAINE JENAS insists he will not quit QPR — even if they go down. Rangers are seven points from Premier League safety with six games left. The Hoops look doomed to life in the Championship having thrown away a vital win against fellow strugglers Wigan on Sunday who levelled in injury time. Manager Harry Redknapp has already said he will stay at Loftus Road if his team are relegated. (The Sun)
JOHN Obi Mikel admits he hates the Europa League. The midfielder says the fear of another year in the competitionis driving Chelsea on to finish in the top four. The Blues became the first reigning European champions to crash out at the group stage this season and dropped into the Europa League as a result. (Daily Star)