What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 29 2013, 9:38 GMT

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of Tuesday's press.

Rodgers: Blast for his Liverpool players
Rodgers: Blast for his Liverpool players

THE TIMES: Brendan Rodgers has warned his young Liverpool players to learn quickly or to face up to a future in npower League One. Also: Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has broken his silence by offering a public affirmation of support for Paul Lambert... Alisher Usmanov launched a strongly worded attack on the Arsenal board for repeatedly selling the club's best players while paying themselves large dividends.

THE INDEPENDENT: England head coach Stuart Lancaster and British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford have set up a think tank comprising leading coaches from different sports. Also: AC Milan were last night pushing hard to secure the services of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City within the next 48 hours, with the player's agent refusing to rule out a move.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea will today present the FA with a detailed written submission in which they will argue that Eden Hazard should not receive an extended ban for his dismissal against Swansea. Also: Ashley Cole grew frustrated and became vocally critical of the Chelsea forwards during Sunday's FA Cup draw at Griffin Park, according to Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson... Brendan Rodgers has renewed his attack on Liverpool's failing players by accusing Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates of making Oldham forward Matt Smith "look like Didier Drogba" during Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Boundary Park.

THE GUARDIAN: Manchester City are locked in negotiations with AC Milan over the transfer of Mario Balotelli and are exploring the option of loaning the striker out until the summer ahead of a permanent move. Also: Major shareholder Alisher Usmanov has claimed the lack of spending an inability to hang on to the club's best players have effectively rendered them a feeder team for their rivals.

THE SUN: David Beckham will train with the Arsenal squad today while his future remains undecided. Also: Paul Lambert has been handed the dreaded vote of confidence by Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner... Alisher Usmanov claims Thierry Henry has begged him to take over the club.

DAILY MIRROR: Paul Lambert has vowed not to quit Aston Villa despite their nightmare run. Also: Alan Pardew believes Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has shown his long-term commitment with the January signings. Mousa Dembele admits Tottenham struggled to get up for the FA Cup at Leeds.

DAILY STAR: Rafael Benitez's future is hanging by a thread after Chelsea launched a high-level inquest into his reign at Stamford Bridge. Also: Under-fire Paul Lambert says it is do-or-die for Aston Villa now - and that he will not quit the club.

DAILY MAIL: Mario Balotelli may finally be leaving Manchester City this week after Italian giants AC Milan last night opened talks with the Barclays Premier League champions about a £24million move for the striker. Also: Southampton's new centre-back Vegard Forren is considering ringing former manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer for tips on how to cope with Manchester United tomorrow.

DAILY EXPRESS: QPR manager Harry Redknapp has described the January transfer window as "gang warfare". Also: Manchester United's sponsorship jackpot has helped them become the first sports team in the world to be valued at more than £2billion... Manchester City last night rejected AC Milan's latest bid to get Mario Balotelli on the cheap.


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