From the back pages, January 5: Terry forced to backtrack on Lampard Chelsea exit claims

John Terry, Chelsea
John Terry, Chelsea

John Terry has been forced into a climbdown after questioning Chelsea’s non-award of a contract to Frank Lampard. (The Guardian)

Rafa Benitez insists signing Demba Ba is not a gamble — and that no one is happier with it than Fernando Torres. (The Sun)

Ba: it will be easier with world-class players. Demba Ba takes swipe at Newcastle United after arriving at Chelsea. (The Telegraph)

Boateng: I would walk off field again over racist abuse. Milan player urges others to follow his lead as Uefa refuse to take action over fans. (The Independent)

EXCLUSIVE: Mario must go! Manchester City want a quick cash deal for Balotelli after latest training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini (The Daily Mail)

Whittingham: Same old defensive story for Pompey. Guy Whittingham rued a defensive ‘groundhog day’ as Pompey slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Walsall. (The News)