What the papers say
A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.
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THE TIMES: Yaya Toure raised the possibility of black players boycotting the 2018 World Cup finals unless Russia stamps out racism among its football fans. Also: Manchester United are prepared to play a risky waiting game over Wayne Rooney's future, leaving the England forward to make the first move before negotiations over a new contract.
THE SUN: Yaya Toure warns there could be a World Cup boycott by black players at Russia 2018. Also: Manchester United are close to agreeing a world record £300million five-year kit deal with Nike......Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Sir Alex Ferguson's new book has ruined his legacy.
THE INDEPENDENT: Yaya Toure's Ivory Coast team-mate Seydou Doumbia last night accused the Manchester City player of "clearly exaggerating" his claims of the racist abuse he suffered at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night. Also: The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has responded to Sir Alex Ferguson saying he is "bitterly disappointed" about the disparaging remarks about Jordan Henderson in his autobiography.
DAILY STAR: Yaya Toure has warned that black players will boycott the 2018 World Cup finals if Russia fails to stamp out racist fans. Also: Brendan Rodgers has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson for slamming his Liverpool stars.....Andre Villas-Boas hailed Jermain Defoe after he equalled Martin Chilvers' European scoring record for Tottenham.
DAILY MAIL: Brendan Rodgers has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of harming his legacy as the Liverpool manager demanded he apologise to Jordan Henderson. Also: Yaya Toure has warned Russia they face a World Cup boycott by black players unless more is done to combat racist abuse.
DAILY MIRROR: Brendan Rodgers has warned that Sir Alex Ferguson's literary sniping could backfire and damage his legacy. Also: Yaya Toure has warned that black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup if Russia does not tackle its racism problem.
THE GUARDIAN: Yaya Toure has warned Russia that players will boycott the 2018 World Cup finals if the country fails to adopt stringent measures to stamp out racism. Also: Cesc Fabregas admits that he would like to return to Arsenal one day as a coach but says that his departure was good for the club and for Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in particular.
DAILY EXPRESS: Brendan Rodgers has delivered a withering riposte to Sir Alex Ferguson's criticism of Liverpool by claiming the former Manchester United manager has damaged his legacy. Also: Yaya Toure has warned that black players and fans could boycott the 2018 World Cup finals if Russia fails to stamp out racist behaviour among fans.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Yaya Toure has warned FIFA it faces the risk of black footballers boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia unless forceful action is taken to stamp out racism in the country. Also: Brendan Rodgers has launched a stout defence of Steven Gerrard after Sir Alex Ferguson claimed in his autobiography the Liverpool and England captain was "not a top, top player".