From the Back Pages, October 4: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must apologise first, says Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho

From the back pages
From the back pages

Jose Mourinho has said that he will only say sorry for calling Arsène Wenger a “specialist in failure” if he gets an apology first but has claimed that he will never emulate the Arsenal manager’s ‘Invincible’ Premier League season. (The Telegraph)

Arsene Wenger said this morning that his decision not to sign Cesc Fabregas back from Barcelona this summer was “easy to understand”. (The Independent)

LIVERPOOL have made contact with ex-Barcelona star Victor Valdes ahead of a trial period with a view to a permanent deal. (The Express)

Chelsea’s manager, José Mourinho, has rejected calls for the introduction of the Rooney Rule in English football, stating that managers should be appointed on merit and not because of the colour of their skin. (The Guardian)

Daniel Sturridge has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new “long-term” contract, believed to be for five years, the club announced today. (The Times)

Louis van Gaal is fully supportive of Manchester United’s plan to play midweek exhibition matches in the new year. (Daily Mail)

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel could make a shock seat swap in 2015. (The Mirror)