What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 26 2012, 8:31 GMT

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of the Boxing Day press.

Terry: reportedly no new chelsea contract

THE SUN: Gutted Frank Lampard has been told by his beloved Chelsea: Find yourself another club. Also: Rafa Benitez is planning an audacious New Year's swoop for Barcelona striker David Villa.

DAILY MAIL: Chelsea are preparing to join the dash for Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa as Rafa Benitez seeks firepower to complement Fernando Torres. Also: Manchester City star Mario Balotelli's brother appeared in an Italian court on Christmas Eve accused of assaulting two policemen.

DAILY MIRROR: Harry Redknapp will make the first move to trigger Demba Ba's £7million escape clause when the transfer window reopens. Also: Chelsea are ready to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool to snatch Barcelona's David Villa.

DAILY EXPRESS: Rio Ferdinand faces an agonising decision on his Manchester United future in the new year. Also: Raheem Sterling has pledged his international future to England after insisting he could not "turn his back" on the country.

DAILY STAR: John Terry will not be offered a new contract by angry Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Also: Wayne Rooney has vowed that Manchester United will take an iron grip of the title race in the final few days of 2012.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Rafael Benítez is refusing to dismiss Chelsea's hopes of winning the Premier League title despite the sizeable gap between themselves and leaders Manchester United. Also: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned potential new signings there will be no guarantees when they arrive at Anfield.

THE TIMES: Raheem Sterling has pledged his allegiance to England, despite attempts by the Jamaican Football Federation to convince the Liverpool winger to play for the country of his birth. Also: Wayne Rooney has vowed to raise his performance level.

THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Mancini has urged Manchester City to "forget" their last two visits to Sunderland. Also: Raheem Sterling has ended Roy Hodgson's concerns over the Liverpool winger's future by pledging his international career to England.

THE INDEPENDENT: Rafael Benitez hopes to win over Chelsea's fans with a barrage of goals. Also: Everton are halfway to paradise, otherwise known as Europe.

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