What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 1 2014, 9:39 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in New Year's Day's national newspapers.

Luis Suarez: £120million release clause, says The Sun
Luis Suarez: £120million release clause, says The Sun

DAILY EXPRESS: Bolton underlined the grim financial reality of Premier League relegation by revealing crippling debts of £163.8million. Also: Arsene Wenger has laughed off Jose Mourinho's claims that Manchester City are strong favourites for the title.

DAILY MAIL: David Moyes has insisted Manchester United can still retain their Barclays Premier League title and warned they will get even better when Robin van Persie returns. Also: Benoit Assou-Ekotto was at the centre of another French race storm last night after it emerged that he had invited anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala to a game at Tottenham, insisting he would 'love it'.

DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho fears Manchester United are on the march again. Also: Arsene Wenger claims everyone is waiting for Arsenal's title bid to blow up in their faces.

DAILY MIRROR: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is making an £8million move for Southampton's England striker Rickie Lambert. Also: Spurs star Sandro has issued a warning to Charlie Adam as the row over the Scot's record against the north Londoners continued.

THE INDEPENDENT: Andy Murray finished off his remarkable year by barely breaking into sweat against Mousa Shanan Zayed in the first round in Doha yesterday. Also: Jose Mourinho believes that second-placed Manchester City are the clear favourites to win the Premier League title this season.

THE TIMES: Andy Murray took just 37 minutes to beat Mousa Shanan Zayed at the ExxonMobil Open in Doha yesterday. Also: Chelsea have abandoned their long-standing target of breaking even after recording a loss of £49.4 million for the year ending June 2013.

THE SUN: Ian Rush last night claimed Luis Suarez has a whopping £120million get-out clause in his new deal. Also: Chelsea go into the New Year nearly £50million in the red.

THE GUARDIAN: Jose Mourinho has sought to pile the pressure on to Manchester City, presenting them as red-hot title favourites for 2014, and the Chelsea manager has insisted he is not playing mind games. Also: Bolton Wanderers have admitted their debts have grown to a staggering £163.8m, with £50.7m haemorrhaging during the 12 months to June 2013.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Arsene Wenger has dismissed Jose Mourinho's claim that Manchester City are overwhelming favourites to win the Premier League and insisted that Arsenal could make their most serious title challenge for a decade. Also: Jose Mourinho was given a stark reminder yesterday that the days of virtually limitless spending at Chelsea are over when the club posted a huge annual loss of £49.4 million but still promised to meet Uefa's strict new financial rules.

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