What the papers say
A look at the stories making the back-page headlines from today's national press.
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DAILY MIRROR: Jamie Carragher will retire in May, despite a last-minute plea from Liverpool to carry on another year. Also: Rio Ferdinand was last night consigned to England history as Roy Hodgson told the Manchester United man there is no way back.
THE SUN: Frank Lampard has not been approached by Chelsea about a new deal. Also: Roy Hodgson has angrily banned any further debate about a recall for Rio Ferdinand.
DAILY STAR: England hero Frank Lampard is still waiting for a new contract offer from Chelsea. Also: Aston Villa sensation Christian Benteke has piled the pain on boss Paul Lambert after deciding to quit the club at the end of the season.
DAILY EXPRESS: Frank Lampard has not given up hope that Chelsea will perform a U-turn and offer him a new contract before the end of the season. Also: Premier League clubs face a points deduction if they breach new spending regulations as chairmen yesterday moved to prevent another Chelsea or Manchester City from buying overnight success.
DAILY MAIL: Premier League clubs are in danger of losing points if they break new wage restraints voted in yesterday by the narrowest of margins. Also: Chelsea striker Demba Ba returned to training yesterday wearing a face mask to protect the broken nose he suffered against former club Newcastle last weekend.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Hugh Robertson, the sports minister, has sought an urgent meeting with his political counterpart in Australia following the publication of a report which said there was "widespread" doping in Australian sport. Also: The presence of Vijay Singh in the first round of the AT&T Championship last night ensured that this glorified pro-am would be thrust into the spotlight as the intrigue intensified on a prospective drugs ban for the three-time major champion.
THE INDEPENDENT: Premier League clubs last night narrowly voted to restrict the amount of income from the huge new television deal they can spend on players' wages, with a possible points deduction awaiting any that breach the limit. Also: Roy Hodgson has admitted that Frank Lampard is worried about his England career beyond the summer as Chelsea continue to hold out over the prospect of a new contract for the 34-year-old.
THE GUARDIAN: Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur must qualify for the Champions League in order to keep Gareth Bale from the clutches of predatory clubs, with Real Madrid preparing an offer for the player in the summer. Also: Premier League clubs will be docked points if they fail to comply with new financial control measures designed to curb rampant wage inflation and stem losses when their new £5.5bn TV deal kicks in next season.
THE TIMES: Premier League clubs face points deductions for breaches of new financial rules that close the door to prospective billionaire owners buying overnight success. Also: Fawaz Al-Hasawi, the Kuwaiti chairman of Nottingham Forest, said last night that his decision to install Billy Davies as the club's fourth manager in seven months proves his reputation as an interfering owner is not justified.