Spanish star bags £200,000 a week deal

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We take a look at all the football gossip making the back pages including news from Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Reading, Aston Villa, Leicester, Huddersfield, Birmingham and Valencia

David Silva has agreed a new five-year contract with Manchester City.

The Spain midfielder’s new deal runs until the summer of 2017, the Barclays Premier League champions announced on their website.

Silva, 26, joined City from Valencia in July 2010 and last season helped the club win the league title for the first time since 1968.

The world and European champion is the latest player to pledge his long-term future to City, following in the footsteps of England keeper Joe Hart and Belgium and club captain Vincent Kompany.

Speaking about his new deal, Silva said: “I’m very pleased because I’ve been here for two years now and I feel very happy here at the club, in the city and with all the people.

“I’m delighted to be extending my contract and being here really does feel just like home for me.”


Daily Mirror

•Jose Mourinho was at the centre of a Real Madrid storm after a no-holds-barred attack on his Bernabeu stars.

•Jack Wilshere is set to give Arsenal a major boost by returning to training this week.

•Aston Villa have told Alan Hutton he can leave on loan.

•Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson must guarantee a £1m fee if he still wants Jermaine Beckford - with Leicester now looking for a permanent sale.

•Gianni Paladini insists he has made a bid for Birmingham.

The Sun

•Manchester City are ready to gamble on the fitness of title-winning hero Sergio Aguero in the Bernabeu tomorrow.

•Cesc Fabregas is backing Arsene Wenger to confound his critics again and keep Arsenal at the top of the English game.

•Reading and Southampton want to land winger Harry Cornick, 17, of non-league outfit Christchurch.

Daily Mail

•Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to hand Arsene Wenger a massive lift by returning to full training this week.

•Everton are considering a surprise move for Artur Boruc as David Moyes looks to bolster his squad by exploiting the free-agent market.

Daily Express

•Manchester United and Liverpool are set to issue a joint appeal to supporters this week to ensure Sunday’s emotionally-charged game at Anfield is not disfigured by insensitive chanting.

Daily Star

•Roberto Mancini has warned Jose Mourinho that Manchester City will fight fire with fire in the Champions League tomorrow.


•Manchester United chief executive David Gill is expected to hold talks with Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre this week in an attempt to defuse escalating tensions between supporters of the two clubs ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match at Anfield.

The Times

•Roberto Mancini says Manchester City’s trip to Real Madrid tomorrow represents one of the most difficult assignments of his managerial reign as he considers recalling Sergio Aguero for the Champions League test at the Bernabeu.

The Independent

•The Premier League is not a welcoming institution for new-boys. Reading, promoted to the top flight after mastering the Championship, were educated on their own ground by Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

•However flat Roberto Mancini was feeling after his side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke he will have had his spirits lifted by the current malaise engulfing Jose Mourinho, whom he faces at the Bernabeu Stadium tomorrow night.