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What the back pages say: Alonso refuses to pledge his future to Liverpool, Tevez demands top wage at
Published : 19 Jun 2009 07:52:36
DAILY MAIL Newcastle's shamed players are about to share a £10million reward for their disastrous relegation campaign in another startling illustration of the financial shambles that has engulfed St James' Park. THE SUN Greedy Carlos Tevez has told Manchester United: Make me your highest-paid player - or I go. Also: Rafa Benitez's pursuit of England full-back Glen Johnson has stalled - after Portsmouth accepted a rival £17.5million bid from Chelsea. DAILY MIRROR Southampton want Kevin Keegan to make a sensational return to football. Also: Defending Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal is on the verge of pulling out of the tournament today. DAILY STAR Sir Alex Ferguson has been told he can have prime target Karim Benzema - if he come up with £30m. Also: Chelsea last night hijacked Glen Johnson's proposed £18.5m move to Liverpool. DAILY EXPRESS Xabi Alonso has refused to pledge his future to Liverpool, leaving Rafa Benitez battling to stop the heart from being torn from his title contenders. Also: Tom Croft has followed in Leicester mentor Martin Corry's footsteps by being picked for the first Lions Test against South Africa tomorrow, having been excluded from the original tour selection. THE GUARDIAN Rafael Nadal is losing his fight to play at Wimbledon. Also: Theo Walcott was left to nurse a sense of grievance here at the European Under-21 Championship when he was dropped by Stuart Pearce from the starting line-up that beat Spain 2-0 at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium. THE TIMES The Lions go into tomorrow's first international against the Springboks with Tendai Mtawarira, the South Africa prop, warning that the series will be "a war up front" as a diplomatic row also threatened to break out off the pitch. Also: Fulham held talks with Bordeaux last night about signing Marouane Chamakh, but they face competition from Arsenal for the forward. DAILY TELEGRAPH Rafael Nadal's chances of defending his Wimbledon title next week look increasingly bleak following his coach's admission that the world No 1 is still struggling badly with injury. THE INDEPENDENT The British and Irish Lions know they will face a physical examination of the most severe intensity when they meet the Springboks on the shores of the Indian Ocean tomorrow, but they also believe they can set the terms of the engagement.